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Strong return by Gabby Lemieux as Symetra Tour resumes

After being idle for more than four months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Symetra Tour returned to action in July.

Gabby Lemieux (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes) made the cut in the first two tournaments after the resumption of play and missed the cut by just one shot in the third.

The Symetra Tour is the top professional development tour for the LPGA.

Lemieux, 24, shot consecutive 1-over par 73s to make the cut in the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship July 24-26 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

She ballooned to an 85 in the third round, which was also the final round, and finished 73rd.

Two weeks later at the Founders Tribute at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona, she followed another opening round of 1-over par 73 with a 4-under 68 to make her second cut in a row.

She shot an even-par 72 in the final round to finish 39th at 3-under.

Gabby Lemieux (Shoshone-Paiute Tribes) (Courtesy Symetra Tour)

The next week she shot 74-73 and missed the cut by one shot at the IOA Championship presented Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Beaumont, California.

Lemieux is in the top 30 on tour in two categories. She is 21st in driving distance with an average drive of 272 yards. She’s 28th in putting average at 30.10 per round.

Off the course, Lemieux was a guest on the ESPN Radio show “Spain and Company” with host Sarah Spain in June.

As part of role model messages from throughout women’s professional golf about personal experiences, determination and hard work – known as “Drive On” or #DriveOn – Lemieux discussed her background and how she hopes it could inspire others.

“It was really nice to share [my] Drive On message because I feel like I have a different story to tell,” Lemieux said on Symetratour.com. “To be from a different background, or different ethnicity, is really exciting because even for kids looking up to me who aren’t Native American, or are from a different ethnicity [themselves], they can see me and say ‘she persevered and she did a lot of things we probably will have to go through.’”

The Symetra Tour is scheduled to be in Florida for two tournaments this fall.

The IOA Classic will be in Longwood, Florida, Sept. 25-27, and the Symetra Classic will be held Oct. 1-4 in Daytona Beach.

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