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June 13 -19: Four Winds Invitational week

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to announce that the 2016 Four Winds Invitational will be held from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19 at Blackthorn Golf Club, located at 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend.  

The fifth annual tournament will feature a field of professional women golfers from around the world competing on the Symetra® Tour – Road to the LPGA®.  The 2016 tournament will include 144 golfers who will be playing for a $150,000 purse. 

Over the first four years of the Four Winds Invitational, more than $600,000 in prize money has been awarded to athletes playing in the tournament and 40 golfers, including 2013 tournament winner Cydney Clanton, have graduated from the Symetra Tour and moved on to the LPGA Tour.  Additionally, $267,000 has been donated to Memorial Children’s Hospital, which is receiving proceeds from the tournament again this year.

The Four Winds Invitational is one of four Symetra Tour events that is part of the third annual Potawatomi Cup, which has a total prize pool of $40,000.  It awards Symetra Tour players a bonus based on performance at events sponsored by four Potawatomi nations’ casinos.

This year's events leading up to the Four Winds Invitational begin on Monday, June 13.

Monday, June 13th- Daddy/Daughter Pro-Am
Dads and daughters are invited to join the second annual 9-hole Daddy/Daughter Pro-Am presented by The Double Tree at 1pm. Participants will receive lunch prior to golf. Each team will play with an LPGA professional in a 9-hole scramble. An ice cream social will follow with fun participation awards. The cost is just $50 per person and proceeds will benefit Memorial Children’s Hospital. Click here to sign up.

Wednesday, June 15th- Fore! at the Field
This is a free family-friendly event held at center field at Four Winds Field. Meet the future stars of the LPGA while participating in fun golf instructional events. Let the kids tee off in center field, jump around in the bounce houses and kick around some soccer balls, courtesy of Soccer Shots. There will also be face painting, a roaming magician, balloon artists, arts and crafts and even Stu the mascot will join the fun! Concessions will be open to grab a quick meal. The event is sponsored by the South Bend Cubs. There is no need to register, just show up for the fun!

Friday, June 17th- Tournament Round 1
Start time, 7:45am. 1st & 10th tee
(Open to the public, free admission)

Saturday, June 18th- Tournament Round 2
Start time, 7:45am. 1st & 10th Tee
(Open to the public, free admission)

Sunday, June 19th- 5K Run & Fun Walk
Runners of all levels are welcome to take part in the third annual Four Winds Invitational 5K and Fun Walk at  Blackthorn Golf Club. Race for great prizes and a good cause! All proceeds benefit Memorial Children’s Hospital. The cost is $25 per person for the 5K, or $20 per person for the fun walk if you pre-register. Cost will increase by $5 if you register on site. Registration fee includes a goodie bag and race t-shirt. Click here to sign up.

Sunday, June 19th- Tournament Final Round
Start time, 7:45am. 1st & 10th tee.
(Open to the public, free admission)

Sunday, June 19th- Family Day
Fun for all ages! Free hot dogs, ice cream and activities for the kids!

For additional information about the event, click here.

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