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4-Time South Dakota State Champ Sidney Bormann Wins GreatLIFE Qualifier

Article and image courtesy of Symetra Tour.

Sydney Bormann of Parkston, South Dakota won the 2016 Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge qualifier on Friday at Willow Run with a 1-over, 73 to earn the final spot in the 2nd annual event next week at Willow Run. First-round play begins on Thursday, September 1 and the final-round is scheduled for Sunday, September 4. Bormann joins a field of 144 professionals competing for a $210,000 total tournament purse.

“I played pretty consistently today,” said Bormann, who made one birdie on the day. “I started out with a bogey early on and I knew it was close towards the end. I just had to finish strong and I did.”

Bormann, the three-time defending South Dakota High School State champion (2014-2016) started her freshman year at South Dakota State on Monday.

She has the same swing coach as two-time Symetra Tour winner and current LPGA rising star, Kim Kaufman, another South Dakota native. Bormann and Kaufman both work with Todd Kolb, who has an indoor teaching facility at Willow Run.

“She (Kim) is definitely a huge role model,” said Bormann. “In the summer, I play Willow Run about once or twice a week and it’s great to have the same swing coach as someone like Kim.”

Bormann also won the state championship as an eighth grader in 2012.

“I’m so excited to have the opportunity to play with professionals and see what it is like at that next level,” said Bormann. I am looking forward to the opportunity and know I will have great support from the community.”

Now, the only thing she needs to do is explain to her chemistry lab professor that she has a professional golf tournament to attend to next week.

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes gets new retro look.

50s themed remodel to open soon

GreatLIFE continues to look to the future of fitness, family, health and fun. But with the new remodel of GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes, they’re going back in time. The completely revamped bowling complex sports a 50s themed look featuring a soda fountain, diner and bowling lanes set to the sounds classic 50s music hits.

In addition, several bowling lanes have been removed to make room for three golf simulators for GreatLIFE members and guests to hone their driving and putting skills. A new viewing space has been developed with large screen televisions to display sporting events, movies and video. The remodel is rounded out with an all new roof and improved parking lot.

GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes is an excellent venue for corporate outings, kids parties, and group events of any kind. With the re-opening of this excellent facility, GreatLIFE continues its mission to connect sporting, health and leisure activities with members and families.

Opening soon at 2621 S. Spring Avenue, Sioux Falls. When it reopens, GreatLIFE Suburban Lanes will continue to offer members free bowling any time lanes are available. Other bowling alleys in the GreatLIFE network — Empire Bowl at 3800 S. Westport Ave. and Sport Bowl at 1901 W. Burnside St. — offer discounts and some free bowling.

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Get Up Close and Personal – Volunteer!

As the entire city gears up to enjoy the 2nd Annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge in September, it’s easy to forget that there are hundreds of people behind the scenes that make it all happen. From setup to takedown and cart drivers to marshals, volunteers all across Sioux Falls come together to make this event run smoothly and to ensure visitors have a positive and memorable experience of the city.

You can be a part of the excitement by becoming a volunteer.

GreatLIFE is looking for local volunteers to act as host families and caddies, and to provide other services throughout the tournament. This is an opportunity to enjoy the action up close, meet world-class athletes and help Sioux Falls’ star shine proudly as the host city of the Symetra Tour – the Road to the LPGA.

You can help make this tournament a success, and have some fun on the fairway.

Visit the GreatLIFE Challenge website to volunteer, be a caddy, or host a tournament player.

For more information, contact Tom Van Wyhe, Chair GreatLIFE Challenge – tomvanwyhe10@gmail.com or Cheryl Dodd, Co-Chair GreatLIFE Challenge – dododdio@yahoo.com.

GAME ON – SYMETRA TOUR RETURNS TO SIOUX FALLS

GAME ON – SYMETRA TOUR RETURNS TO SIOUX FALLS

It’s tee time in Sioux Falls – especially if you’re a lady golfer on the Symetra Tour – The Road to the LPGA. For the second year in a row the Tour will bring its slate of 144 talented women to Willow Run Golf Course to compete for a shot at a purse of $210,000 – with the winner taking home $31,500 – and points in the Volvik Race for the Card toward a coveted spot on the pro tour.

The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is one of only four 72-hole events on the tour and one of only 23 cities to host the tour. According to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB), Sioux Falls will realize more than $3 million in economic impact, depending on overall attendance.

The tournament will begin on September 1 with the winner clinching the title on September 4. It will be hosted once again by GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness Club and the Sioux Falls CVB.

ALL GOLF. ALL WEEK.

Golfers from across the region can enjoy a spectacular view of the fairway action and the LPGA hopefuls, and enjoy a few special events throughout the week of the tour including:

• Free Kids Clinic with Mike Malaska – Tuesday, August 30, Willow Run
• Dan Boever, World Long Drive Champion – Tuesday, August 30, Willow Run Driving Range
• Feherty Live! – Thursday, September 1, Washington Pavilion

To add to the excitement, one ambitious young golfer will have the opportunity to earn a spot in the GreatLIFE Challenge at an open qualifier to be held at Willow Run on August 26. The qualifier is open to all South Dakota female residents and any female college student that attends an accredited in-state college or university. Entries close Monday, August 22. Contact Jason Sudenga, GreatLIFE Director of Golf at 605-940-7344.

The second exemption for the tournament will be Mariah Stackhouse, a recent Stanford grad that has been turning heads on the fairway since she exhibited a talent for the game at age four. She’s the first African American woman to earn a spot in the field at the U.S. Open.

Last year’s winner, Caroline Westrup, finished the tournament with a 12-under 272 total, followed Sweden’s Dani Holmqvist in second place and Italy’s Giulia Molinaro who finished third.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!

To ensure the success of this weeklong event, sponsors are looking for local volunteers to act as host families and to provide other services throughout the tournament. To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit www.greatlifechallenge.com.

Feherty Live! GreatLIFE Members Receive Exclusive Early-Bird Access

The 2nd Annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge is just a month away, and we’re excited to bring great golf and great entertainment to Sioux Falls, including a comedic show featuring one of the funniest professional golf insiders, David Feherty, to take the Washington Pavilion stage.

Feherty Live!
Thursday, September 1 at 7 p.m.
Washington Pavilion Mary W. Sommervold Hall

We want all GreatLIFE members to have an opportunity to see Feherty when he visits Sioux Falls as part of the GreatLIFE Challenge lineup, so we’re offering discount pricing and exclusive early-bird ticketing before tickets go on sale to the general public.

  • Tickets are available to members on August 4 using the promo code GREATLIFE.
  • $10 Off tickets – You pay only $20!

Once described as “a cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson”, David Feherty made a name for himself through his self-titled Golf Channel talk show – and as one of the most irrepressible personalities in golf. He received an Emmy nomination in 2014, and joined NBC Sports Group and NBCUniversal exclusively in 2015. He is now a familiar on-course and tower analyst since retiring from professional golf in 1996.

His sharp wit and clever personality have made Feherty a viewer favorite and an audience pleaser. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the “wicked” humor of Feherty live at the Washington Pavilion.

Thank you for supporting GreatLIFE and year two of the GreatLIFE Challenge.

Sioux Falls Storm Special Playoff Offer for GreatLIFE Members

The Sioux Falls Storm is happy to provide all GreatLIFE Members and with an outstanding offer for the upcoming Playoff game.

BUY “2” STORM PLAYOFF GAME TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF $10.00. REGULAR VALUE IS $30.00.

GAME DATE: Saturday, July 16th – Indoor Football League Conference Playoff Finals at Denny Sanford Premier Center. Sioux Falls Storm vs. Cedar Rapids Titans. Kick-Off Time: 7:05 PM.

GreatLIFE members can purchase as many tickets as desired.

Seat Location will be the Lower Level West End Zone while inventory is available. All seats are reserved.

<strong>To secure this exclusive playoff price package, GreatLIFE Members MUST PHONE JIM LORIA with the Storm – Day or Evening – at 605.610.5902.</strong> This offer is NOT AVAILABLE at the Premier Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets or on Game Day.

FINAL DEADLINE TO ORDER: Friday, July 15th at 5:00 PM.  A credit card payment required at time of order.

GreatLIFE Performance Center Now Open.

Practice. Power. Performance.

Tap into state-of-the-art elite sports training and fitness at GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center, now open and ready to help athletes and other individuals move their fitness goals forward.

Located in southeast Sioux Falls at 69th and Southeastern Ave, the 40,300 sq. ft. multi-tenant building will be shared by GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Orthopedic Institute (OI), D1 – a Nashville-based business that operates more than two dozen athletic training facilities nationwide, and Sioux Falls Storm. In addition to the inside space, the new facility offers 900 sq. ft. of covered outdoor workout space that will be open seasonally.
GreatLIFE and all of the other high-profile tenants offer programs and amenities that keep the focus on sports performance training and healthy living. GreatLIFE serves not only to athletes, but every member of the family in an effort to support healthy lifestyles that last well into the future.

At GreatLIFE Performance Center, GreatLIFE members enjoy all of the benefits they’ve become accustomed to, plus a whole lot more!

  • Outdoor training
  • Boot Camp
  • Fitness & cardio machines
  • Free weights
  • Full gym
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Group fitness
  • Yoga
  • Childcare

This high-caliber facility provides the area a premier athletic training center and amenities and benefits for the entire community. It’s about living better through making fitness a habit.

Aligned with the GreatLIFE mission – To enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness, and healthy lifestyles – GreatLIFE Performance and FitnessCenter offers members the right place, the right professionals, and the right equipment.

Tap into your power at GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center.

GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center
5901 S Southeastern Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 271-7324

GreatLIFE challenges golfers to play alongside the best

Qualify for the 2nd Annual Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge!

Have you ever wanted to play alongside the greats? Test your golf skills against players of the LPGA? This year is your chance in the GreatLIFE Challenge Open Qualifier, August 26, 2016 at Willow Run Golf Course. The winner will be invited to join the GreatLIFE Challenge and compete alongside the hopefuls at the LPGA Symetra Tour, September 1-4, 2016.

GreatLIFE is proud to once again host the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge and the Open Qualifier is new to the tournament this year. All South Dakota female residents and female college students who attend an accredited college or university in-state are eligible.

Open Qualifier Details:
Friday, August 26, 2016
Willow Run Golf Course, 8000 E. HWY 42

  • 18 hole stroke play, 8 a.m. tee time.
  • Handicap of 8.0 index or less.
  • $100 entry fee – includes all green fees and range balls day of qualifier and paid entry fee for the winner into the 2016 Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge.
  • Entries close Monday, August 22 at 5 p.m. No exceptions.
  • Contact Jason Sudenga, Director of Golf at 605.940.7344.

Register here.

GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center Opening July 9!

Practice. Power. Performance.

GreatLIFE is pleased to announce the opening of the GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art elite sports training and fitness complex for athletes and families.

Located in southeast Sioux Falls at 69th and Southeastern Ave, the 40,300 sq. ft. multi-tenant building will be shared by GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club, Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital, Orthopedic Institute (OI), D1 – a Nashville-based business that operates more than two dozen athletic training facilities nationwide, and Sioux Falls Storm. In addition to the inside space, the new facility offers 900 sq. ft. of covered outdoor workout space that will be open seasonally.

GreatLIFE and all of the other high-profile tenants will offer programs and amenities that keep the focus on sports performance training and healthy living. GreatLIFE will cater not only to athletes, but also to families in an effort to support healthy lifestyles.

At GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center, GreatLIFE members will enjoy all of the benefits they’ve become accustomed to, plus a whole lot more!

  • Outdoor training
  • Boot Camp
  • Fitness & cardio machines
  • Free weights
  • Full gym
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Group fitness
  • Yoga
  • Childcare

An athletic training center of this caliber has been part of the vision of OI for many years. With this partnership, that vision will not only be realized, but expanded, to include even more amenities and benefits to the community than initially thought possible.

Aligned with the GreatLIFE mission – To enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness, and healthy lifestyles – GreatLIFE Performance & Fitness Center offers members the right place, the right professionals, and the right equipment to adopt a healthy lifestyle. But it’s up to you to bring the commitment.

Dakotas Tour Pro-AM at Willow Run!

This year Willow Run will be hosting a Dakotas Tour Pro-AM!

Come join us for a fun day and evening with talented pros from the Dakotas Tour.
When: Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Where: Willow Run Golf Course
Format: 1 pro 3 ams – 1 Gross / 1 Net BB
Time: 1:00 pm Shotgun
Entry Fee: (Green fee, cart fee, range balls, dinner and prizes)
GreatLIFE members: $75.00
Non GreatLIFE members: $100.00
For more information, download the registration form HERE.
Entries are due by Monday, June 27th.