(HARRIS, Mich.) – The Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club will host two free junior clinics June 25-26, giving kids a chance to learn from LPGA Symetra Tour players.
Open to ages 10-14, sessions will be held at the Sweetgrass Golf Club driving range at 4 p.m. EST on both days. Participants will receive an Island Resort Championship shirt and tickets to the tournament, June 28-30.
Registration is open to the first 48 applicants for each day’s activities. To sign up, parents or guardians should call the Sweetgrass golf shop at 906.723.2251.
“These clinics have been very popular and are a great way for kids to interact with the pros,” says Tony Mancilla, co-chair of the Island Resort Championship. “It’s a positive program that shows the strong character of these athletes to our community’s youth.”
The Symetra Tour comes to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with 144 professional women golfers competing for a $115,000 purse and chance to win their 2014 LPGA Tour card. The top five money winners for the Tour to date are Jaclyn Sweeney, Melissa Eaton, Giulia Molinaro, Christine Song and Sue Kim. Leah Wigger, 2012 champion, is expected to defend her title.
Tournament tickets are available now via sweetgrassgolfclub.com or at the Island Resort Showroom box office. Three-day passes cost $10 for grounds access and include entry into daily prize drawings during the event. Several area schools and community foundations are also selling tickets, keeping 100 percent of the profits. A complete list of participating groups can be found on the course’s website.
For more information: www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com/symetra-tour-2013
About the Championship
Welcoming the world’s brightest new talent in women’s professional golf, the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass is a Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA event held at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The 54-hole stroke-play event will be held June 28-30, 2013. Located in Harris, Michigan, Sweetgrass Golf Club is situated at the Island Resort & Casino, and is owned/operated by the Hannahville Indian Community of the Potawatomi Nation.
For more information: sweetgrassgolfclub.com.
About the Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA, is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and enters its 33nd competitive season in 2013. With the continued 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. Top-10 money winners will receive full, equal status for the following season on the LPGA Tour.
The 2013 schedule includes 15 tournaments with stops in nine U.S. states and a total purse of $1.8 million. With more than 500 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 365 LPGA titles, including 39 major championships. Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989.
For more information: www.SymetraTour.com.
About Sweetgrass and the Island Resort & Casino
Sweetgrass Golf Club, site of the 2013 Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass (an LPGA Futures Tour stop), was designed by Michigan-native Paul Albanese and opened in 2008. It continues to garner national recognition as a Top-20 public course in Michigan by GOLF Magazine and Golfweek.
Boasting more than 1,200 slot machines and 24/7 Vegas-style gaming, the Island Resort & Casino offers craps, Blackjack, roulette, poker and more. The Island hosts top musical acts from a variety of musical genres. Dining options include the Firekeeper’s Restaurant, 5 Bridges Pub and Restaurant, and Coral Reef Grille. Live music in the lounge, the Club Four One nightclub, a swimming pool and conference center are other popular res
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