FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship marks the return of the Symetra Tour

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A player tees off at the 2019 FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek. (WWMT/Luke Edwards)

For the seventh straight year, the LPGA Race to the Card would return through Battle Creek.

The Symetra Tour was expected to resume play on July 24, 2020, with the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship, after a three-month break due to the coronavirus 2019 pandemic. The event would be the first of nine remaining stops on the 2020 tour schedule. While other big events in the area have already been canceled, the Symetra Tour and FireKeepers Casino Hotel believe they could safely hold the tournament at the Battle Creek Country Club. FireKeepers Casino Hotel CEO Kathy George said they made it work by working together.

"You know I think we work closely with the LPGA and Battle Creek Country Club to determine how can we make it work? When can we do it? When is the LPGA coming back? So it really took all three of us working together to get it going on the schedule and it took a lot of time, but we're on it," George said.

Since the LPGA would resume play after the date of the event, they expect bigger names to play in the Cereal City bringing more excitement to the tournament.

"We're very excited. I think anytime we're always about bringing excitement and energy to the area so we're looking forward to this sporting event doing that," George said.

The return of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship would mark the return of professional sports to West Michigan and will help lead the way allowing fans to attend a live sports event.

"We like to be the leader and lead the way in many ways so we're really excited to bring that here and from the sports avenue I think they will start and others will follow suit," George said.

Just like in years past, tickets are by donation and the proceeds will be donated to Haven of Rest in Battle Creek.

"I think it was very important we try to be great partners to the community every day and this is another avenue to do so. It will allow families to come out with their children as well as adults and come out and enjoy world-class golf at whatever the can afford," George said.

The event relies on volunteers and FireKeepers Casino Hotel is asking for 200 volunteers to help the event run as smoothly as it has in years past.