|Sweetgrass Golf Course Photo via @SweetgrassGolf|
The world's top female golfers are playing, though right now all eyes are on the Queen Bee, as she attempts to achieve a history-making win in the singular coastal setting. A compelling weekend of golf is all but guaranteed.
Meanwhile, a thousand miles away on Michigan's upper peninsula, another women's golf tournament is taking place in an equally sublime... but decidedly different... setting. The Island Resort Championship is an event on the Symetra Tour; the tour known as the "Road to the LPGA". It began today at Sweetgrass Golf Club in the township of Harris, MI.
Among players, The event has become one of the most popular stops on tour. A welcoming community, enthusiastic fans and a stellar course in top condition, are some of the things that make The Island Resort Championship such an anticipated tournament. In fact, here's what Canada's Nicole Vanderware had to say about the crowds at yesterday's opening round:
“This might be the most fans I’ve ever seen out here supporting us,” said Vanderware. “There are so many out here on nine and 18, clapping and cheering for you. It’s been awesome. I’ve never been here before and it’s been great, everyone is so friendly.”Similar sentiments have been expressed by Symetra Tour players since the tour first started coming to Harris in 2011.
Far from the glitzy, high profile Hamptons, the fans and host families in this pristine, upper-peninsula enclave, are inspiring future champions. Inspiring the women who spend endless hours on the road, and practice relentlessly in pursuit of LPGA dreams.
Follow the Island Resort Championship via the Symetra Tour website and on Twitter via @road2lpga Also, check out the Symetra Tour Facebook page.