Alexandria, LA. — The All Pro Tour (APT) and Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) are set to kick off the 2020 season with the seventh annual Coke Dr. Pepper Open in Alexandria, Louisiana at Oak Wing Golf Course and Links on the Bayou from March 11-14. This is the second year of the co-sanctioned event a features past champions on the Korn Ferry Tour and Symetra Tour.
“It’s amazing to think that this is the 17th year of the Coke Dr. Pepper Open in Alexandria,” says Tour President Gary DeSerrano. “We have seen a number of APT players attend this event and then move onto careers on the PGA Tours and now we are delighted to also see the future of the LPGA with the ladies of the WAPT.”
In all 264 professional golfers, 174 men and 90 women, will be competing in the Coke Dr. Pepper Open. The Coke Dr. Pepper will serve as the first of five featured events on the APT schedule in 2020. Individuals will compete in 72-holes of stroke play format. The field will be split over OakWing Golf Course and Links on the Bayou for rounds 1 and 2. Fields will be cut after 36 holes to the top 35% of the starting field, including ties. The final two rounds will be played at OakWing GC. With a total purse of $140,000 the winners take will be $35,000 minimum.
The 90 women teeing off in the WAPT Coke Dr. Pepper Open will be competing for an estimated purse of $40,000 with the winners share of the pie being $7,500 minimum for first. In addition, as the official qualifying tour of the Symetra Tour, the champions will earn an exemption into the Windsor Golf Classic at Windsor Golf Club in Windsor, CA on April 2-4. The event will consist of 72-holes of stroke play. The field will be cut after 54 holes to the top 40% of the starting field, including ties.
“Each year our partnership with APT Tour has been a major fundraiser for the Manna House,” says OakWing Head Professional Robbie Gueringer. “All of the money raised thru the various events that are held during the week in conjunction with APT event are given to the Manna House.” The Manna House is a place where people of all ages and all walks of life can receive free hot, nutritious meals 365 days a year in a clean, welcoming environment. “The best thing about the whole event is that we are helping raise funds for the Manna House to serve their needs,” Gary DeSerrano.
The APT field for the Coke Dr. Pepper Open has a history of having a strong field. Last year’s player of the year Logan McCracken (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) says, “It’s a tournament that gets everything started and guys are always excited to play and get the season going on two great courses. It’s right around a Korn Ferry Monday Qualifier and the upgraded purse definitely attracts a lot of professionals from all over.”
Defending WAPT champion Britney Yada (Hilo, Hawaii) is back to defend her title in Alexandria after winning the inaugural event last season.
“It was so much fun to win in Alexandria last year. Everyone at OakWing and Links were so nice and welcoming to the tour,” says Yada. “It was a huge confidence boost for me as well, knowing that I was capable of shooting some low numbers.”
A scheduled of the week’s events can be found here. Tournament play will get underway at 8:00 a.m. CT all four days with play starting off No. 1 and No. 10 tees on both courses for the first three rounds. The final round for both the APT and WAPT will be played on OakWing. All events and tournament rounds are free to attend.
Written By: Brandon Moore @BAMoore_