The big event of the day was player registration which was held in the Island Convention Center from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The 2014 Island Resort Championship will present a very strong field as nine of the top ten-players on the Volvik Race for the Card money list will be participating in tournament. The only player who will not appear in the field is Wei-Ling Hsu who currently ranks fourth.
In addition to officially registering for the tournament, each player received a welcome package which contained among other things 100 two-dollar bills. Upon receiving the monetary gift, players were asked to spend the two dollar bills before spending their own money so that the community could see the financial impact that the tour has on the local economy. With a field of 144 golfers from 35 countries and 40 states, the Symetra Tour brings approximately $500,000 to the area.
Practice rounds officially began this morning despite a rough start with the weather. Today is the first of three practice rounds schedule for the week as the second practice is scheduled for Wednesday and followed by a final shotgun practice round at 7:30 AM on Thursday.
Local youth ages 9-14 were treated to a ninety minute
demonstration courtesy of tour members Sara-Maude Juneau, Marissa Steen & Rachel Rohanna. The youth demonstration covered some of the basics/fundamentals of golf such as grip, stance, alignment and swing. The demonstration was followed up by a Q&A session and before leaving, all participants were given a gift bag complete with a commemorative t-shirt and complimentary passes for the tournament.
In addition to the second practice round, the first of two pro am tournaments will be held tomorrow beginning at 7:30 AM. Sponsored by OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, thirty-five teams are slated to participate in tomorrow’s event.