Golf News for Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Tournaments

Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris, Michigan urgently calls for volunteer caddies

HARRIS, Mich. -- Island Resort Championship coordinators need 20 volunteers to serve as caddies for LPGA Symetra Tour players during tournament week, June 28-30.

Caddies must be at least 16 years of age, be able to either carry a full set of golf clubs or pull a walking cart, and commit to volunteer for all three days of the tournament. No previous caddie experience is required. Those interested can register at or call the Delta County Chamber of Commerce at 906.786.2192 by no later than June 20.

The program provides a shirt, hat, food vouchers during volunteer time and a complimentary round of golf at Sweetgrass Golf Club (valued over $100) in return for service. Caddies receive training prior to the tournament start.

"This is a great experience for kids and adults, encouraging interaction with professional golfers and actively participating in championship play," says Sweetgrass Director of Golf Dave Douglas. "We hope avid golfers and students will jump to quickly fill the 20 spots needed."

Over 300 total volunteers will play a vital role in successfully conducting the championship, providing services such as player transportation and hosting, scoreboard updates, marshaling and others. A complete list of opportunities and roles still available can be found at Applicants can state their preference of assignment and shift availability when registering.

This is the third of a three-year Symetra Tour commitment to host the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club, in Harris. The field of 144 professional women golfers will vie for the $115,000 purse and a chance to win their 2014 LPGA Tour card.

Three-day tournament passes are on sale now for $10 and can be purchased on the Sweetgrass website or through any of the 45 regional non-profit organizations selling tickets.

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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
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.

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