June 2, 2014 – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds casinos, are proud to announce that Kari Bellville and Julia Potter have received sponsor exemptions to play in the 2014 Four Winds Invitational. A sponsor exemption allows tournament organizers the opportunity to select players to compete against some of the top professional women golfers in the world. The 2014 Four Winds Invitational will be held from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, at Blackthorn Golf Club, located at 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, Ind. The tournament will feature a field of professional women golfers from around the world competing on the SymetraÒ Tour – Road to the LPGA.
Kari Bellville will be graduating from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind. in June 2014 and will be attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall. Kari was also granted a sponsor's exemption for the previous two Four Winds Invitationals, nearly missing the cut both times. She has been named a Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) All-American and was FCWT player of the year in 2010. Kari also participated in the 2010 Women's Western Amateur Championship Flight Match Play and in 2011 she was the North and South Junior Champion.
Julia Potter is from Granger, Ind. and is the 2013 United States Golf Association's (USGA) Women's Mid-Am Medalist and Champion. While at the University of Missouri, Julia won five tournaments, was on the all Big 12 team three times, and holds all but two scoring records at the school. She was also a three-time Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) team champion at Penn High School, a four-time IHSAA All-State member, a two-time Indiana State Am Champion, and a two-time Indiana Women's Golf Association (IGWA) Player of the Year.
About the Four Winds Invitational
The Four WindsÒ Invitational was established in 2012 as part of the SymetraÒ Tour — Road to the LPGAÒ, and is sponsored by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four WindsÒ casinos. It is held at Blackthorn Golf Club, located at 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, Ind. The tournament features a field of professional women golfers from around the world. More information is available at: www.fourwindsinvitational.com.
About the Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour, the official Road to the LPGA, is entering its 34th competitive season in 2014. With the support of its umbrella sponsor, Symetra, the Tour's mission is to prepare the world's best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. The top-10 money winners each season earn memberships on the LPGA Tour for the following season. With more than 500 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 379 LPGA titles, including 43 major championships. Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.
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