Golf News for Tuesday, May 28, 2013 | Tournaments

Tickets now on sale for Island Resort Championship in Michigan

HARRIS, Mich. -- Golf fans can purchase tickets for the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club online, and through 45 regional non-profit organizations.

A short month away, The Symetra Tour arrives in Harris in Michigan's Upper Peninsula June 28-30. One hundred and forty-four professional women golfers will vie for a $115,000 purse and a chance to win their 2014 LPGA Tour card.

Three-day tournament passes cost $10 for grounds access and include entry into daily prize drawings during the event. Kiwanis, the Community Foundation, American Red Cross, Caring House and several area schools are among many groups selling tickets, keeping 100 percent of the profits.

"We are thrilled to bring back our ticket donation program to benefit the community," says Susan Harris, co-chair of the Island Resort Championship. "While providing a strong sales force for us, these charities provide a great service back to the area as a result of their efforts."

A complete list of participating groups can be found at Passes may also be purchased directly on the Sweetgrass website, or via the Island Resort Showroom ticket office. Children under 18 can enter the championship for free.

Tournament officials expect over 5,000 spectators to attend during Friday, Saturday and Sunday rounds. Corporate hospitality packages have sold out for the third year in a row.

"This is the third of a three-year LPGA commitment to bring this Symetra tour stop to us," says Harris. "We hope everyone embraces these women to our area and enjoys watching them play."

Volunteers continue to be sought, giving participating fans complimentary entry into the tournament, a free round of golf at Sweetgrass Golf Club, volunteer uniform and lunch voucher on his/her work day.

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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.

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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.

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

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Janeen Driscoll
Buffalo Communications