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FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL TO BRING THE SYMETRA TOUR - ROAD TO THE LPGA BACK TO BATTLE CREEK

(Battle Creek, Mich.) May 17, 2017 – The future stars of women’s golf will battle it out for a $100,000 purse as the 4th Annual FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship will be held Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30, 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 2017 Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA. The event will feature an array of professional women golfers from around the world competing for the top prize of $15,000 plus valuable points to capture the Potawatomi Cup and a bonus prize pool of $40,000.

“Welcome to the 4th playing of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship!  We have established a strong working relationship with four Tribes within the Potawatomi Nation, and are especially proud of our partnership with the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi in Battle Creek. The Symetra Tour is excited to once again join with the Tribe in their effort to continue to bring world class events to the area for all to enjoy and support. We look forward to returning to Battle Creek this July as we work to create a positive and lasting impact on the community during the week we are in town,” stated Mike Nichols. Chief Business Officer. Symetra Tour - Road to the LPGA. 

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. Last year’s first and second place finishers, Laura Gonzales-Escallon and Ally McDonald earned spots in the Evian Championship for their finishes at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship. Both also received 2017 LPGA Tour Cards.

This year, FireKeepers Casino Hotel will donate all proceeds earned from the event to The Haven of Rest in Battle Creek. The Haven serves homeless men, male substance abusers, homeless women and their children, adult men with disabilities who need assisted living, and inmates of the Calhoun County Jail. They provide emergency shelter, meals, daily basic personal care needs, counseling, substance abuse recovery assistance, case management, support groups, transitional housing, and referrals for medical care, legal assistance, and employment. The Haven also provides meals to the public several days a week. Each year The Haven serves 55,000 meals to over 1,700 different homeless persons each year; they also serve approximately 45 meals a day to the general public on weekends, holidays and other days when the soup kitchen at the Salvation Army is closed. The Haven provides comfort and counseling to 600 inmates of the Calhoun County Jail daily.

“We are so excited to once again host the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship this summer. 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 the Battle Creek area,” stated Kathy George, Tournament Director and FireKeepers Casino Hotel CEO.

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 ow.ly/9IW430ayWsC 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 2016, professional golfers visited the Calhoun County Animal Shelter and several other local charitable organizations. The 2017 Kids Clinic will bring children from area schools to the Battle Creek Country Club for a day of fun, learning and enjoyment with the professional golfers and The First Tee of Battle Creek.  

The Battle Creek Country Club, designed by Willie Park Jr., opened in 1919 and is located at 318 Country Club 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).

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FireKeepers Casino Hotel, located just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, MI, has been named Best Casino by audiences in Western Michigan and Northern Indiana, plus earned 9 first place awards in the Casino Player Magazine Best of Gaming 2015 Native Midwest category, including Best Overall Gaming Resort. FireKeepers was also selected one of the Best Casinos to Work For by Casino Player Magazine. Our signature restaurant, Nibi, is a multiple recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The property features 2,900 slot machines, 70 table games, a live poker room and bingo room. FireKeepers offers a AAA-rated Four Diamond resort-style hotel with 243 rooms, a functional multi-purpose event center, six distinctive dining destinations, and multiple lounges. FireKeepers is the title sponsor of the FireKeepers Casino 400, a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway, and host of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship a Symetra Tour-Road to the LPGA golf event.