Fun Facts – Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass 2019
Welcome to the 9th year of Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass
Part of the Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA
- June 21 – 23
- Harris, MI – 15 min. West of Escanaba on US 2 & 41.
$10 for all three days; Kids are free. *Ticket sales once again benefit the YMCA of Delta County.
- Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass has an Event Purse of $200,000; Winner will receive $30,000 and earns an automatic exemption into the Evian Championship in France as a part of the 2019 LPGA Major.
- PLUS, the Potawatomi Cup—with an additional $40,000 in cash prizes awarded to Symetra players based on performance at the four Potawatomi Nation casino sponsored events—which includes the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass.
- Some past winners of Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass:
- 2018 winner – Ruixin Liu (currently on LPGA)
- 2017 winner – Emma Talley (2018 LPGA Rookie year)
- 2016 winner – Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong (Thailand) (LPGA member)
- 2015 winner – Dani Holmqvist (Stockholm, Sweden) (LPGA member)
- 2014 winner – Molly Aronsson (Family roots in the Escanaba area)
- 156 women participating in the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass. Top ten money winners at the end of the Tour automatically earn LPGA membership for the following year.
- The women golfers have consistently named this tournament the highlight of their tour. They said the hospitality by the tribe, as well as golf course and casino complex employees is phenomenal.
- Average age is of the golfers is 25. (minimum age is 17)
- Talented group of woman – average driving distance from 206 yard up to 273 yards. These ladies know how to hit the ball!
Spectator entrance is located off US 2 & 41 –labeled Gate A. It’s the eastern most entrance. So if you’re coming from Escanaba it’s the first gate.
Real-time scoring during the event is found on symetratour.com in the upper right-hand corner of the site. You can also follow this on your mobile devices.
Helpful Spectator notes to pass along to public
- Wear sunscreen; sunglasses or visor recommended.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes or golf spikes.
- As a general rule no cell phones, pagers or cameras allowed on the course. But people often monitor the “Real-Time Scoring” site on their Smart phones. So if you bring a phone, set it to vibrate setting.
Players are happy to pose for photos and sign autographs only after their rounds. The best time to request autographs are after the player has signed her scorecard.
- There are four sets of Spectator Grandstands located on the north end of the course…by the driving range, the first tee, and the 9th and 18th greens. But you can also bring a chair to sit along the 9th and 18th greens.