Golf News for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Tournaments

Island Resort Championship announces call for event volunteers

HARRIS, Mich. -- Sweetgrass Golf Club and the Delta County Chamber of Commerce seek over 300 volunteers for the Island Resort Championship, as the LPGA Symetra Tour returns to Michigan's Upper Peninsula June 28-30.

Golf enthusiasts can apply online at the Chamber website (www.deltami.org) through June 1. Cart drivers, scoreboard assistants, marshals, ticket sales and hospitality greeter positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We're excited to see so many volunteers returning to support this international event," says Delta County Chamber Executive Director Vickie Micheau. "Each person enjoys special benefits, and the added pleasure of helping promote the careers of the LPGA's next stars."

A tournament staff shirt, meal ticket, four general admission passes and a round of golf at Sweetgrass Golf Club are offered to all volunteers in return for their time. Applicants can state their preference of assignment and shift availability for the week's activities.

This is the third of a three-year Symetra Tour commitment to host the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club, in Harris. Defending champion Leah Wigger of Louisville, Ky. is expected to compete among the field of 144 professional women golfers vying for the $110,000 purse.

"From pro-am participants to corporate sponsors, volunteers to spectators, the Tour can clearly see the community's love of this tournament," says Susan Harris of the Island Resort & Casino. "We look forward to an exciting weekend of professional golf."

Ticket sales will commence in May. Corporate sponsorship opportunities have been filled.

Sweetgrass Golf Club is expected to open May 10 for the 2013 golf season; the course will remain open for public play until one week before the event.

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
The 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 resort offerings. The property is easily accessible via regional airports in Escanaba and Marquette.

For more information: www.islandresortandcasino.com