You have got to get out to Sarabay this weekend to catch the Guardian Retirement Championship at The Sarabay Country Club! Come cheer on three of Sarasota’s brightest young talents (Ginger Howard, Ericka Schneider and Jennifer Neville) as they do battle with an international field of 140 players all vying to be the next LPGA Superstar!
Sara Bay Country Club is a challenging course in particular because of the Donald Ross designed greens. Of the 569 rounds played last year, there were just six rounds that broke into the 60’s.
“The green complexes are tough, it is a true test of short game and approach accuracy,” said Daniela Iacobelli of Melbourne, Florida. “The person that has the best approaches onto the green and the one that brings out her best short game is the one that is going to excel.”
“Because of the difficulty of the greens, you basically play for the center of the greens,” continued Iacobelli. “Unless you have a green light pin and can go hunting you have to be careful. If you hunt and miss it can get very difficult.”
Lindsay Gahm of Louisville, Kentucky is a rookie on the Symetra Tour and understands the challenge.
“The greens are definitely challenging,” said Gahm. “Especially the par-3 holes because they are playing long so some of those greens can be difficult. Sometimes you may even have to play short of the green and try to get up and down. It’s a course where you may not go for a lot of pins and just try to manage the round.”