Golf News for Monday, June 24, 2013 | Tournaments

Island Resort Championship and Sweetgrass ready for Symetra Tour

HARRIS, Mich. -- The Island Resort & Casino and Michigan's Upper Peninsula will welcome 144 women golfers next Friday for the Island Resort Championship, a Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA event.

The third of a three-year commitment by the Symetra Tour, the Island Resort Championship is a 54-hole stroke play tournament contested at Sweetgrass Golf Club.

Spectator information related to tickets, parking and spectating areas can be found below.

Ticket Information

Three-day ticket passes are still being sold for $10 and can be purchased via five different methods:

1) Through 45 regional non-profit organizations who will keep 100 percent of the $10 ticket price to benefit the charity of their choice (see a complete list at

2) In person at the Island Resort Showroom Ticket Office at the Island Resort & Casino in Harris, Michigan

3) Via phone by calling 906.466.2941 x 5001 locally or 877-ISL-SHOW

4) By purchasing tickets at the entrance gate through championship weekend

5) Directly on the Sweetgrass website at

Children 17 and under enter the tournament for free with a paying adult.

Parking and Transportation

Free parking will be available for all spectators, who will be guided from Rts. 2 & 41 to Gate A, the main parking area at the Island Resort Casino.

The Island Resort & Casino will be open and fully operational during tournament week.

Entrance Gate

Gates will open one hour prior to the first tee time each day. Upon arrival, spectators will find free daily pairing sheets and maps to guide them to stationed bleachers on the course, first aid station, restrooms, food/beverage outlets and a course map. A complete list of tee times can be found at

Over 300 volunteers, wearing staff shirts, will be available to answer questions and guide spectators each day.

The Spectator Experience

The week of events kicks off with a junior clinic taught by LPGA Symetra Tour players on Tuesday, June 25 (4 p.m.). The first 48 children (ages 6-14) to register will be instructed by the players during this free clinic.

The Island Resort Championship is a stroke-play event with play beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

There will be eight spectator bleacher locations on the course; one near the first tee of Sweetgrass Golf Club, one near the driving range/practice area, two large bleachers at the 9th and 18th greens, and four on-course grandstands with views of several holes. Spectators are welcome to bring small chairs to watch the event throughout the venue, outside of the championship playing areas.

A map of the course can be found at Spectators should note that for the purposes of the tournament, the ninth and 18 holes will be reversed.

Spectators should refrain from requesting autographs until a player completes her round.

Beverage carts will be stationed throughout the course; guests are also welcome to visit the Island Resort & Casino's dining venues on property.

Suggested Items to Bring/Prohibited Items

Cell phones and cameras (still and video) are prohibited and cannot be taken into the event venue. Spectators will be permitted to bring portable chairs and are welcome to bring pens/markers to request a signature of their favorite golfers following their rounds.

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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