The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to announce a series of events and activities that will take place during the week leading up to the 2016 Four Winds Invitational. Events include a Daddy-Daughter Pro-Am, FORE! at the Field, the Four Winds Invitational 5K Run & Fun Walk, and the Family Fun Day. Additionally, all attendees will receive free admission into this year's tournament. The Four Winds Invitational will take place from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend. The Four Winds Invitational is part of the Symetra® Tour — Road to the LPGA®.
Attendees can show up any day of the Four Winds Invitational and proceed directly to the golf course without a ticket. Complimentary admission is courtesy of Fit Stop, which is a gym with seven locations in South Bend.
The second annual nine-hole Daddy-Daughter Pro-Am is scheduled for Monday, June 13. This is a unique opportunity for fathers to play a round of golf with their daughters along with a future star of the LPGA in a 9-hole scramble. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m., there will be a shotgun start at noon, and ice cream will be served after the round of golf is complete. This event is sponsored by the DoubleTree® by Hilton® in South Bend. All proceeds will benefit Memorial Children's Hospital in South Bend. Registration is $50 per player and $100 for a father-daughter team. Teams can register at http://blackthorngolf.com/symetra_daddydaughter/.
FORE! at the Field
FORE! at the Field will take place on Wednesday, June 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Four Winds Field. The free family-friendly event will include a meet and greet with several of the athletes playing in the Four Winds Invitational, fun golf instructional events, children's games and races, face painting, balloon artists, a bounce house, and other live entertainment. Fans will also have the chance to meet Stu, the mascot for the South Bend Cubs. Concession stands will be open for those that want to grab a quick meal. This event is sponsored by the South Bend Cubs. More information is available at http://blackthorngolf.com/symetra_fore/.
Four Winds Invitational 5K Run & Fun Walk
The third annual Four Winds Invitational 5K Run and Fitness Walk will be held on the cart paths of Blackthorn Golf Club on Sunday, June 19. The starting point is at 3575 Moreau Ct., which is the back entrance to Blackthorn Golf Club. The 5K Run will start at 7:30 a.m. and the Fitness Walk will start at 7:35 a.m. The Fitness Walk is non-competitive and will not be timed. Participants will receive a goodie bag including an official t-shirt. The event is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank® and all proceeds from the 5K Run and Fitness Walk will be donated to Memorial Children's Hospital.
Participants can sign up for the 5K Run for $25 or the Fitness Walk for $20. If you register on-site on June 18 or June 19, the cost is $30 for the race or $25 for the fun walk. Those that register late are not guaranteed a t-shirt. Pre-event packet pick-up and late registration will occur at Blackthorn Golf Club's clubhouse from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 and on Sunday, June 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. More information is available at http://blackthorngolf.com/symetra_5k/.
Family Fun Day
Family Fun Day will take place at Blackthorn Golf Club during the final round of the Four Winds Invitational on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free snacks, golf games, and other family activities will all be available at the Blarney Hole, which is located on the practice hole adjacent to the 10th tee. Anyone can attend the Family Fun Day. More information is available at http://blackthorngolf.com/symetra_familyday/.
About the Four Winds Invitational
The Four Winds Invitational was established in 2012 as part of the Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA (www.symetratour.com), and is sponsored by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds 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.
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