HARRIS - Carley Saint-Onge of Marquette will not be the only Upper Peninsula resident walking the fairways at Sweetgrass Golf Club next week.
More than two dozen Yoopers will be caddies when 144 Symetra Tour players compete in the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass.
The 54-hole event begins Friday, with the final round July 1. The field is cut after Saturday's second round.
Saint-Onge is one of two amateurs participating in the "Road to the LPGA" tournament. She also played last year, after winning her fourth straight U.P. Division 1 medalist championship at the high school tournament, but missed the cut after shooting 87-72. She was a redshirt freshman on the Michigan State University golf team this season.
Among the caddies will be Callie Jensen of Gladstone, who played against Saint-Onge in several high school matches in 2011 as a freshman. It will be her first stint as a caddie.
"It will be a very good learning experience," Jensen said Thursday, shortly after helping conduct a youth golf clinic at Terrace Bluff Golf and Country Club.
Jensen, who tied for fifth at the U.P. D-1 finals this year with 91, said the Symetra players "are at a way higher level than me. I hope to learn a lot from it. It will be very helpful."
While she will watch the players execute shots and manage their way around the links-style course, Jensen said "it will be a different view of the game. It will be very cool. It will be a good experience. I can learn so much, that is what I'm excited about."
She plans to watch how her professional, as well as the two other players in her group, handle various situations. "I've always struggled with letting the game get the best of me," said Jensen, noting the roller-coaster ride of a few poor shots mixed in with a good run. "If they have a bad shot I want to see how they overcome it."
Jensen, who learned Friday she will carry the bag for Tate and Lyle tournament champion Kristie Smith, was encouraged to apply for the caddie position by her parents, Rick and Judy. "They said it would be a good experience," she said.
Sweetgrass director of golf Dave Douglas put in the plug to her parents to get Callie involved. He said Brett Langenfeld of Carney-Nadeau High School is the other high school caddie.
He said the caddies "are not expected to read the greens or club (offer suggestions on yardages for) the players. They will fix divots, carry the golf bag, rake sand traps, clean the clubs and golf balls, and tend the flag."