Volunteers are being sought for an inaugural women's professional golf tournament that will be staged at a Native-owned golf course in Michigan this summer. More than 300 volunteers are required to help out at the Island Resort Championship that will be held at the Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris, Mi. The Sweetgrass club is located on land owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community (Potawatomi). The tournament, a stop on the LPGA Futures Tour, is scheduled for June 24-26 and is expected to feature about 150 participating players from around the world. Volunteers though are also required in the days leading up to the event.
"You really can't have an event like a Futures Tour stop without volunteers," said Susan Harris, the tournament co-chair and Sweetgrass' marketing director. "They're the backbone of being able to run a tournament like this." As its moniker implies, the LPGA Futures Tour is one step below the premier women's golf circuit in the world, the LPGA Tour.
Those interested in volunteering at the Island Resort Championship must be at least 18 years old. And there will be no shortage of responsibilities available for them. Among the positions that need to be filled are scorekeepers, cart drivers, marshalls, drivers for player shuttles, ticket takers and greeters. "There will be something for everybody," Harris said. "You don't need to be a golfer to volunteer. Everybody will be placed at a level they're comfortable with." Harris is thrilled many have already signed on to volunteer at the tournament. The call for volunteers was launched in mid-January and already numerous people have signed up to lend a hand. And that's not just local residents that have done so. Harris said people from across Michigan, various other states and even Canada have committed to volunteer at the event. "We put out the call three weeks ago and the response has been great," she said. Those who do volunteer for the tournament will receive some perks. Besides a volunteer shirt, they will also receive free entry for the entire length of the tournament.
In addition to that, all volunteers will be able to play at the course for free any day from Monday through Thursday for the rest of the golf season, based on availability. Those interested in helping out can fill out a volunteer application form available at www.deltami.org or call (906) 786-2192 for more information.