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Previewing this year's Island Resort Golf Championship at Sweetgrass

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HARRIS - The Symetra Tour will once again make their way to Harris for the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass a month from today.

144 of women's golf most promising up and comers will be participating in this year's Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass with the top ten money earners at the end of the tour automatically earning LPGA membership at the end of the year. This year's event purse is $150,000.

"We know that it's going to be a good week," said Tim Kramer, Director of tournament affairs. "The golf course is fantastic, the casino is fantastic. We know that it's going to be a highlight of our year, coming up here."

"Its a highlight of our golf season," said Tony Mancilla, Chair of the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass and General Manager of Island Resort & Casino. "It's the best event we host every year. It highlights our course, the U.P, our resort. It's really one of the Marquee events we do every year."

Professional golfer, Shannon Fish will be hitting the course for the fifth time in her career. Two of her seven top ten finishes on the Symetra tour have come at Sweetgrass.

"I think the course sets up pretty well for me," says Fish. "I tend to play a draw and that course seems to set up well at Sweetgrass. I'm used to playing in the wind. It seems lol me we always have a little of that here. The greens roll really well. With my fifth year being here, I know the course pretty well. I'm always looking forward to coming back."

The Island Resort Championship is one of 22 spots on the Symetra tour and has turned into a favorite for the players.

"We know that it's going to be in great shape, we're hoping for a little bit better weather," said Fish. "This year, hopefully, mother nature wants to cooperate a little bit more than it did last year. Just looking forward to being back in this community and up here in the Yoop."

"We'll have 144 happy ladies up here during the week," said Kramer. "So, makes our jobs easier. But, the ladies really enjoy coming up here. It's a great golf course. They're spoiled rotten when they come up here.theyappreciate everything the casino does for them. They appreciate the community coming out to support them. So, it really is a great week."

The Island resort championship at Sweetgrass begins June 22 through the 24th. Tickets are $10 for all three days. Kids get in free. Proceeds will benefit the YMCA of Delta County.

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