Symetra Tour Returns to Tullymore

STANWOOD – The Symetra Tour makes its much-anticipated return to Tullymore Golf Resort this weekend for the third annual Tullymore Classic.

With 144 golfers taking to the course from June 30-July 2, the three-day, 54-hole tournament is one of 22 tour stops on the Symetra Tour, with players eyeing a ticket to the LPGA Tour in 2018.

Many former participants are returning for this year’s tournament, including Shannon Fish, who finished tied for 36th at last weekend’s Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass Golf Club in Harris.

“I love the lake,” Fish said. “I kind of grew up near one, so the lake life is my thing. I’m not big on the ocean part. But definitely being around the lake and a small town reminds me of home.”

Founded in 1981, the organization became the LPGA Futures Tour in 1999 when it became a national tour and an official developmental tour for the LPGA. The Symetra Tour is open to professional golfers and qualified amateurs and offers promotion to the LPGA Qualifying Tournament.

“We’ve been fortunate to be during the 4th of July weekend, so the Canadian Lakes community has fireworks,” Tullymore Golf Resort head golf professional Gary Lewandowski said. “The girls love that. That’s usually Saturday night. It gives them a break from just every day golf.”

Fans attending the tournament who are frequent guests of Tullymore Resort will notice a familiar face among the sea of 144 competitors. Resort membership director Misia Conklin will be back on the course in competitive fashion for the first time in 10 years. Conklin previously played on the Symetra Tour when it was known as the LPGA Futures Tour.

“I think just getting back into the competition and competing again,” Conklin said. “I haven’t competed in 10 years, and it’s fun to get those butterflies back in your belly.

“Everybody’s really excited. I’m excited, so we’re really going to embrace this opportunity.”

Past winners of the event include Paola Moreno and Daniela Iacobelli.