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Preparing for the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass

The tournament is June 11-13.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:53 PM EDT
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BARK RIVER, Mich. (WLUC) - The Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass, part of the Symetra Tour, is happening this weekend in Harris.

“It’s fun to be finally up north, all the tournaments have been down south so far this year so it’s good to be back up north and excited to play in the U.P.,” said Josee Doyon, a competitor from Quebec.

Josee Doyon, Maria Parra and Delfina Acosta all live out of the country but have traveled to nearly every state for golf tournaments.

“This year we drove from Florida to California and then from Florida to here,” said Delfina Acosta, a competitor from Argentina.

All three ladies will be competing in this weekend’s tournament.

“Playing on the Symetra tour gives them the opportunity not only to play in 20 professional events, but it gives them the opportunity to earn money to join the LPGA tour next year,” said Tim Kramer, director of tournament business affairs.

They also all started played golf with their families back home.

“I started playing golf and I was six because my grandfather worked in a golf course for four years also my father, my brother plays golf and my uncle,” said Maria Parra, a competitor from Spain.

“I was probably 12, 13 years old. My dad, my brother was playing and then they just decided that I should just play with them. That’s pretty much how it started,” said Doyon.

“We had to travel 45 minutes to the nearest golf course, so it was hard at the beginning, but I love it,” said Acosta.

The Island Resort and Casino says it’s their biggest golf event of the year.

“It kind of kicks off the golf season every year. There are 144 professional players, they get to play with local people. We have sponsorships, they get to play with them in pro-ams.”

The golfers say their excited to be playing in the U.P.

“It’s the best golf course that we are playing so I’m excited for this week,” said Acosta.

“This course is in really good shape, always and I love the hotel, the casino and everything,” said Parra.

The tournament starts Friday and continues through Sunday. There’s a total of $200,000 in prize money that will be given away, all helping the competitors make it to the LPGA.

Click here if you’d like to buy a $10 ticket to attend this weekend’s event.

You can follow Josee, Maria and Delfina on Instagram to keep up with their journeys.

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