Jaclyn Jansen To Compete at Forsyth Classic


Published on June 14 2018 7:10 am
Last Updated on June 14 2018 7:10 am
Written by Millie Lange

Jaclyn Jansen, a former St. Anthony High School golfer, will be competing in the Forsyth Classic in Decatur this weekend.

Jansen, a member of the Symetra Tour, will tee off at 1:59 p.m. Friday. She is listed in the top 100 Money List as 35th with a total of $8,442.

For a 33rd consecutive year, the Symetra Tour takes the road to the LPGA through the Land of Lincoln for the Forsyth Classic presented by the Decatur Park District from June 15-17 at Hickory Point Golf Course.

“It’s unprecedented to have an event with such longevity and support as The Forsyth Classic,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer of the Symetra Tour. “As a staple to our calendar, it speaks to the outgoing nature of the community and their excitement to grow women’s professional golf through the next generation of LPGA Tour stars.”

Defending champion Chorphaka Jaengkit (Bangkok, Thailand) is in the 144-player field this week and will look to become the third two-time winner of the event. She would join Tammie Green (1985, 1986) and Nicole Jeray (1998, 2000) with a victory.

“This tournament means a lot to me as I gained more confidence after I won,” said Jaengkit, who used a 12-under par overall performance last year to win. “I really want to defend my title. I know that it is not easy, but I will try and hope it works out great like last year.”

Other recent champions competing include 2014 winner Madison Pressel (Boca Raton, Florida) and 2016 medalist Clariss Guce (Artesia, California). Like Jaengkit, both players have the opportunity to add their name to the short list of individuals who have won this tournament more than once.

“I absolutely love playing in Decatur, my host family is great and the hospitality is incredible,” said Pressel, who won with a score of 6-under par in 2014. “I have such great memories here and the golf course sets up really well for me. I’ve been improving each week with every aspect of my game and feel great going into this week.”

With a purse size of $130,000, players will compete in a 54-hole stroke play format. After 36 holes, a cut will be made to the low 60 individuals and ties.

Play will begin at 7:30 a.m. for all three rounds. In the first and second round on Friday and Saturday, respectively, competitors will go off No. 1 and No. 10 tees. Meanwhile, for the final round on Sunday, all pairings will start off No. 1.