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Schedule Of Events Announced For Four Winds Invitational

May 19th, 2017

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to announce the schedule of events for the 2017 Four Winds Invitational, which takes place Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11 at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend. The Four Winds Invitational is part of the Symetra® Tour – Road to the LPGA®.

Pokagon Band leadership, executives from Four Winds Casinos and Blackthorn Golf Club made the announcement as part of the tournament's Sponsor and Media Day, held today at Blackthorn Golf Club.

Included in the scheduled events are three separate 18-hole Pro-Ams, which pair professional golfers with amateurs, a 9-hole Daddy/Daughter tournament, and Women's Golf Clinic 101, a skills clinic sponsored by Kelly Cares Foundation. Other highlights include the Four Winds Invitational 5K Run and Fun Walk and the Four Winds Invitational Tournament.

The LPGA Symetra Tour brings female golfers from over 30 countries to compete throughout the year to become the next generation of professional golfers. At the end of the Symetra tour, the top 10 money winners "graduate" to become members of the national LPGA tour.

"Ask any of the professional players and they will tell you that the Four Winds Invitational is among the best tournaments on the LPGA's Symetra Tour each year," said Tim Firestone, Owner and General Manager of Blackthorn Golf Club. "There's simply no question that the Pokagon Band and their Four Winds Casinos, along with all of our sponsors and volunteers who work so tirelessly to put this tournament on every year, are due all the credit."

"On behalf of all Four Winds Casinos employees, we are proud to once again be the title sponsor for the 2017 Four Winds Invitational" said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. "We look forward to working with the LPGA, Blackthorn Golf Club and all the other sponsors on a successful tournament."

"Supporting this tournament for the past five years is an example of how we feel about our homeland. This tournament brings people to one of the finest places in America's Midwest. It's good for everyone who lives here," said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. "We're proud to promote women's sports; women hold an important place in Potawatomi culture. And over the past five years, over $300,000 of the money raised from this event has been used to help support the children of our community who need or will need specialized medical services."

Admission is free. 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 Martin's Super Markets.

For more information on the Four Winds Invitational, contact Ben Mesaros of Blackthorn Golf Club at (574) 232-4653 or via email, Additional information on the Four Winds Invitational is available at

To view images from today's Media Briefing, click here.

About the Four Winds Invitational
The Four Winds® Invitational was established in 2012 as part of the Symetra® Tour - Road to the LPGA®, and is sponsored by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and 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

The 2017 Four Winds Invitational Event Schedule

Thursday, June 8
10 a.m. -- Daddy-Daughter Pro-Am
The third annual nine-hole Daddy-Daughter Pro-Am is scheduled for Thursday, June 8. 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 following the outing. This event is sponsored by the DoubleTree® by Hilton® in South Bend. All proceeds will benefit Beacon Children's Hospital in South Bend. Registration is $50 per player and $100 for a father-daughter team. Teams can register at

5 p.m – 7 p.m. Ladies Golf 101 Clinic sponsored by Kelly Cares Foundation
This event will feature instruction from LPGA professionals and practice, a champagne bar, appetizers and a Q&A with the LPGA Symetra players. The cost is $40 per person; registration is available at

Friday, June 9
7:10 am – Tournament begins with Drum Ceremony and National Anthem

7:30 a.m. -- Four Winds Invitational Round 1

Saturday, June 10

7:30 a.m. -- Four Winds Invitational Round 2

Sunday, June 11
7:30 a.m. — Four Winds Invitational 5K Run & Fun Walk
The fourth annual Four Winds Invitational 5K Run and Fitness Walk will be held on the cart paths of Blackthorn Golf Club on Sunday, June 11. 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 Beacon 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 10 or June 11, the cost is $30 for the race or $25 for the fun walk. Late registrants 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 4p.m. Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 from 6:30--7 a.m. More information is available at

9:30 a.m. — Four Winds Invitational Final Round

10 a.m. — Family Fun Day
Free 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 11. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., activities include the Applebee's Kid Zone with crafts, activities, hot dogs and ice cream; golf games and other free family activities at the Blarney Hole, located on the practice hole adjacent to the 10th tee. Anyone can attend the Family Fun Day. More information is available at

2 p.m. – Closing Ceremonies and presentation of winners' trophies


Media Contacts:
Melinda Pierce, Big Idea Company, (574) 257-4332,
Jill Klinedinst, Big Idea Company, (574) 257-4332,

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