It was a great weekend to be a golf fan in Michiana. The LPGA's stars of tomorrow were on display at the annual Symetra Tour stop in South Bend. And this year's Four Winds Invitational was a first-class event.
Unlike the maiden run a year ago, the weather was perfect this weekend. Good weather brought out great crowds, and great golf.
The players on the Symetra Tour are great ambassadors for the game. Friendly. Approachable. And pretty talented too. The drama created by the 7-hole playoff was just the icing on the cake.
This tournament was a success long before the final putt dropped on Sunday.
Kudos to the staff at Blackthorn for hosting a great event. The course was in great shape. The players raved about it. And if it's good enough to host them, it's good enough for just about anybody.
This weekend's tournament is proof that South Bend is a viable home for professional golf. Right now, that means the Symetra Tour. But in a few more years, who knows? Maybe a regular stop on the LPGA Tour. Perhaps the PGA Champions Tour could be lured.
Remember how much fun the Senior PGA Championship was a year ago in Benton Harbor? Imagine that excitement EVERY year!
Watching professional golf in person is unlike any other sport, because you can get so close to the action. My daughter actually spoke to a few of the players DURING their rounds. Golf is like that, in a way that virtually no other sporting event is. It's fan friendly.
I'm glad so many fans showed up to experience it firsthand. I hope even more take the opportunity next year. And perhaps someday soon, much like the Symetra Tour is the road to the LPGA... The Four Winds Invitational, will pave the road to more professional golf tournaments for Michiana.