The Symetra Tour announced its schedule for the 2012 season on Thursday.

The schedule for the LPGA's developmental tour will have 16 events in 12 states and one in Mexico, and includes a purse of $1.8 million.

"We see the Symetra Tour as the best pathway for up-and-coming female professionals to earn their way to the LPGA Tour," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "By offering 10 exempt spots, we are solidifying the Symetra Tour as the proving ground for the LPGA and creating what amounts to a year- long battle to see which 10 players will earn equal playing status on next year's LPGA Tour."

The battle for the top 10 spots on the money list will get underway March 23 with the Florida's Natural Charity Classic, and will come to a close September 30th at the Daytona Beach Invitational.

The Tate & Lyle Players Championship will be contested June 15-17 in Decatur, Illinois. Decatur has hosted a tour event for 27 consecutive years.