Symetra, Brook-Lea, Pluta Foundation Agree To Three-Year Extention, Keeping Women’s Golf In Rochester, N.Y.


The LPGA Symetra Tour and Brook-Lea Country Club are proud to announce they have reached terms with tournament organizers for a three-year extension, continuing the rich tradition of professional women’s golf in Rochester through 2020.  In addition to the new agreement, the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic, is announcing a new charitable beneficiary, the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation.

 “We are thrilled to extend a four-decade tradition of Professional Women’s Golf in Rochester with the continuation of the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic,” said tournament co-chairman Mike Vadala. “The Pluta Cancer Center Foundation also represents the best of the area’s talents, and we are proud to support the exciting, innovative solutions they bring to patients and their families battling cancer.”

The fourth annual Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic will be held July 16-22, 2018 at Brook-Lea Country Club, which was the home course of tournament namesake Danielle Downey. Over the past three years, the tournament has hosted numerous talented professional golfers; about 20% of the LPGA’s current top 100 money winners have come through Rochester and played in the tournament in its brief three-year history.

“Rochester is a great golf community and has been supportive of professional women’s golf for 42 years,” said Mike Nichols, the Chief Business Officer for the Symetra Tour. “The Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic is one of the all-around top events on the Symetra Tour. We have a great relationship with the team there and are proud to bring the future stars of the LPGA to the Empire State for many years to come.”

Information on the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic including sponsorship opportunities, volunteering and pro-am events is posted on the tournament web site at, or by emailing Mike Vadala at


Pluta Cancer Center was established at Genesee Hospital in 1975 by a grant from the Pluta family, and is currently located at 125 Red Creek Drive in Henrietta, N.Y. Now part of the University of Rochester Medical Center, Pluta offers the latest in radiation therapy technology and chemotherapy treatment, and provides massage therapy, yoga, tai-chi, support groups and nutrition counseling in a friendly, intimate environment. The Pluta Cancer Center Foundation directly supports the Center and its patients by providing the funds necessary to relieve the financial burdens that many cancer patients and their families face. For more information, visit


The Symetra Tour, the official Road to the LPGA, is entering its 34th competitive season in 2014.

With the support of its umbrella sponsor, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. The top-10 money winners each season earn memberships on the LPGA Tour for the following season. With more than 500 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 382 LPGA titles, including 45 major championships. Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at,,, and


The golf course at Brook-Lea Country Club was designed by esteemed architect Donald Ross, and boasts a 6,400 yard traditional style golf course. The club has a long tradition of great women golfers including former NY State Amateur champions Christy Schultz and Jenna Hoecker, as well as Ann Kerwick, many-time Rochester District Champion, in addition to Danielle Downey, who rose all the way to a successful career on the LPGA tour.

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