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FireKeepers Casino Hotel to bring the Symetra Tour -Road to the LPGA back to Battle Creek June 5-7

(Battle Creek, Mich.) – The future stars of women’s golf will battle it out for a $100,000 purse as the 2nd Annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship will be held Friday, June 5, through Sunday, June 7, at Battle Creek Country Club.  FireKeepers Casino Hotel owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) presents the event in partnership with the 2015 Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA. The event will feature an array of professional women golfers from around the world competing for a chance to win the top prize of $15,000 plus the Potawatomi Cup and a bonus prize pool of $50,000.

“The Symetra Tour is excited to again visit Battle Creek, June 2 – June 7 2015 at a tournament that established itself as one of the Tour’s best in its inaugural year.  The hospitality extended by FireKeepers Casino Hotel and the quality of the golf course at Battle Creek Country Club immediately made this a favorite amongst the next generation of LPGA Tour stars.”, states Mike Nichols, Chief Business Officer,  Symetra Tour.

The Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA is the most established development tour in the world. Every year, the top 10 Symetra Tour players earn automatic membership to play on the LPGA Tour. The mission of the tour is to develop the skills and dreams of women professional golfers. Min Seo Kwak claimed the title of the first annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship and a spot on the LPGA Tour. She was one of 144 professional golfers to compete in the inaugural FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel will donate all proceeds earned from the event to S.A.F.E. Place women’s shelter. S.A.F.E. Place is committed to helping victims of domestic violence and their families in Barry, Eaton, and Calhoun Counties. S.A.F.E. Place provides shelter, court advocacy, referrals and comprehensive counseling programs for women and children who have been physically, verbally, or emotionally abused.

The FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship will provide an opportunity to showcase Battle Creek and the surrounding areas. “FireKeepers Casino Hotel is excited to once again host the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship this June.  Bringing this caliber of golf event to the Battle Creek Country Club provides a great opportunity for our community to support these young golfers while bringing visitors from around the world to our area,” stated R. Bruce McKee, CEO of FireKeepers Casino Hotel.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel, the Battle Creek Country Club, and the Symetra Tour will provide a variety of partnership options for regional companies or individuals to support the tournament. In addition to the sponsorship packages available there are two days of pro-am golf tournaments where sponsors can interact and play with professional golfers.

Volunteers are an essential part of the success of this tournament, with a need for 200 volunteers during match play, as well as host families to house approximately 75 players. We encourage all to join in on the opportunity. To volunteer, visit http://bit.ly/FKChamp or contact a FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship representative at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The week leading up to the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship also encompasses several community outreach programs including Outside the Ropes and a Kids Clinic. Outside the Ropes sends professional golfers around Battle Creek to give back to the community. In 2014, professional golfers visited the Calhoun County Animal Shelter and several other local charitable organizations. The 2015 Kids Clinic will bring children from Lakeview Schools to the Battle Creek Country Club for a day of fun, learning and enjoyment with the professional golfers. 

The Battle Creek Country Club, designed by Willie Park Jr., opened in 1919 and is located at 318 Country Blub Dr. in Battle Creek, Michigan.  This private members only course features 6,744 yards of golf and a beautiful club house overlooking Goguac Lake.

The LPGA stars of tomorrow are exemplary role models with more than 600 alumnae moving on to earn LPGA membership. To learn more about the Symetra Tour, please visit http://www.symetratour.com or contact Bret Lasky at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Mich. The property features a 111,700-square foot gaming floor with 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers also offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 242 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center capable of seating up to 2,000 guests, six distinctive dining destinations and multiple lounges and entertainment venues. For more information visit http://www.FireKeepersCasino.com

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawato