Allyson Geer of Brighton, Gabrielle Shipley of Hastings Competing With Pros in Symetra Tour’s Tullymore Classic
CANADIAN LAKES – Reigning Michigan Amateur Champion Allyson Geer of Brighton and Gabrielle Shipley of Hastings, who recently captured the NCAA Division II individual championship playing for Grand Valley State University, have accepted sponsor’s exemptions from the Tullymore Classic, a Symetra Tour event on July 1-3 at Tullymore Golf Resort.
“We are very excited to have Michigan natives and young golfers with great potential playing in the Tullymore Classic,” Scot Cucksey, PGA professional at Tullymore Golf Resort, said. “Michigan talent is well represented on the Symetra Tour, and we felt it was a great idea to offer this opportunity to play with the budding professional stars to two of our state’s very accomplished amateur players with great futures in golf.”
The Tullymore Classic, which will include 144 golfers “On the Road to the LPGA” competing for a $100,000 purse over three days and 54 holes, is being presented by Tullymore Golf Resort for a second consecutive year.
Last July in the inaugural Tullymore Classic, Daniela Iacobelli, who was born in Detroit and lived in Michigan until she was a teenager, birdied three of her final four holes and drained a clutch birdie putt at No. 18 to win by a stroke.
Iacobelli is on the LPGA Tour this year after her win at Tullymore and seven other top-10 finishes put her fifth on the Volvik Race for the Card money list at the conclusion of the 2015 season. The top-10 each year earns LPGA Tour membership for the next season.
Geer, 17 and home schooled, will be part of the 2017 recruiting class for the Michigan State University women’s golf team. She first gave a verbal commitment to MSU coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll at age 14 while starring on the American Junior Golf Association circuit, where she also earned All-American status at age 15. She is a past Golf Association of Michigan Junior Invitational champion as well as the reigning Women’s Amateur champion. She will defend her state title in August in the 100th Michigan Women’s Amateur at Spring Meadows Country Club in Linden.
Shipley closed out her collegiate career in dramatic fashion with a dramatic seven-foot birdie putt on the No. 18 hole at Common Ground Golf Club in Denver. It gave her a 3-under 69 for a Grand Valley tournament record 6-under 282 and a one-shot win in the individual competition. She also led her team to a tie for fourth place in the nation with her performance. Shipley, who played high school golf for Delton-Kellogg, finished her senior year with a 73.8 scoring average, tops on her team. She is just the second golfer from Grand Valley to ever win a national title, and plans to train and attempt LPGA Qualifying in the fall.
Iacobelli and the other tour members gave Tullymore Golf Resort rave reviews for is golf course, tournament presentation, hospitality and especially the golf fans last year’s tournament attracted. Several of them as well as Symetra Tour officials cited the crowds as among the largest and most enthusiastic on the entire schedule.
Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including the award-winning Tullymore course designed by the renowned James Engh, which will play host to the pros in the Tullymore Classic. In addition, St. Ives Golf Club is a prime example of the best design work by Michigan’s own Jerry Matthews. The 36 holes of great golf wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area.
The luxuriously appointed accommodations and premium amenities like indoor and outdoor pools, and two comfortable clubhouses with great dining service options make for more reasons to visit and stay for a while. Visitors can choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home for an unforgettable few days away or even a home away from home.
Spots in the pro-am events on June 29 and 30 remain available for interested amateur golfers who want to join in the fun and rub shoulders with a talented professional headed for the LPGA Tour.
Cucksey is the contact for information about pro-am spots, and sponsorship or volunteer opportunities. Scot can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.tullymoreclassic.com for more tournament information and to be a part of the Tullymore Classic. Visit www.tullymoregolf.com for resort information.
via Greg Johnson