The conclusion of the 2013 Island Resort Championship on Sunday, June 30th left many wondering if the “Road to the LPGA” would continue to make its annual stop at the Sweetgrass Golf Club in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The 2013 event, earmarked the fulfillment of a three year agreement that had been signed back in 2010 between what was then known as the Duramed Futures Tour and the Sweetgrass Golf Club.
The Fate of The Island Resort Championship Is Decided!
In July of 2013, Tournament Co-Director, Tony Mancilla, entered into negotiations with Symetra Tour officials in the hopes of bringing the “Road to the LPGA” back to Sweetgrass. On August 5th, Mancilla along with Chief Financial Officer, Scott Herioux, made an extensive presentation to the Hannahville Indian Community’s Tribal Council where approval was given to enter into a new three-year contract.
The Big Announcement!
On August 6, 2013 a formal announcement came out of Harris, Michigan that the only professional golf tournament in Michigan/Wisconsin would be returning to the Sweetgrass Golf Club for the next three years.
While the dates for the next three years have yet to be determined, players and spectators alike will appreciate some minor and not so minor “changes in the road” due in part to Mancilla’s negotiations with Symetra Tour officials. The most notable changes include:
- Symetra Territorial Rights
Provides exclusive territorial rights for a 200 mile radius.
- Amateur Exemption Handicap
Provides an increased handicap (4-handicap to 8-handicap) for amateur exemptions.
- Pro AM Teams
Allows 32 teams to participate in each of the two pro-am tournaments.
- Increased Purse
Provides a $10,000 increase in the tourney prize fund bumping the total purse up to $125,000.
If want to join us on the “road” be sure to visit www.sweetgrassgolfclub.com for updates/ information of the 2014 event. Also, be sure to subscribe to our blog as we’ll be chronicling our journey on the “Road to the LPGA”.