Island Resort and Casino hosts the Epson Tour in late June

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HARRIS, Mich. (WLUC) – En route to the LPGA, the Epson Tour has a tournament here at the UP. Ladies who do well on the Epson Tour get a chance to play in the LPGA.

Sophie Hausmann comes from Germany and grew up playing golf with her family.

“My parents took my brother and I to the driving range, we tried to play, we tried to hit the ball, we did everything else and overall I was really into the sport,” said Hausmann, a competitor at this year’s Island Resort Championship Sweet Grass .

She graduated from the University of Idaho and is now on the Epson Tour hoping to make the LPGA.

“As time went by I realized that I really grew into this game and enjoyed it and I was really solid at it, so I was like, ‘You know what? Let’s take it more seriously,” said Hausmann.

June 24-26, 156 women will compete in the Island Resort Championship in Sweetgrass.

“It doesn’t come naturally to her. Of course we have a different style than they play. A lot of people have never been here,” said Tony Mancilla, General Manager of Island Resort and Casino.

The event fee is $212,500. Winners raise money throughout the 21 Epson Tour tournaments to earn their LPGA membership.

“They make around $31,500 when they win. That $31,500 is a big part of putting them in the top 10 for getting their LPGA Tour ticket at the end of the year,” said Tim Kramer, director of business affairs at Epson Tour.

Spectators are welcome. It’s $10 per adult for all three days and children are free.

“Really, when you have a young family that just wants to get out there and see what the game is about, get close and personal with the players,” Kramer said.

Hausmann prepares their game for the tournament and encourages everyone who has big goals to keep working hard.

“If you surround yourself with a handful of good people who mean well, that’s really doable,” Hausmann said.

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