Tournament Highlights, Our “Champions Experience” Winner and Future Tournament Dates

ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY CAREERBUILDER [caption id="attachment_740" align="alignright" width="300"]Tom Lehman and His Caddie 2014 Encompass Championship Tom Lehman and His Caddie 2014 Encompass Championship[/caption] The 2014 Encompass Championship, once again, brought a unique Pro-Am format to North Shore Country Club and the greater Chicago area. The well-attended event featured a special Pro-Am format during the first two rounds of competition on Friday and Saturday pairing all 81 Champions Tour professionals with celebrities and amateurs. Sunday's final round was a tight race with Champions Tour professionals competing for the individual title and the $1.8 million dollar purse. Tom Lehman held onto the lead and was this year's Encompass Championship winner at fifteen under (-15), walking away with $270,000 of the purse money, followed by Michael Allen ($144,000) and Kirk Triplett ($144,000) who were both tied for 2nd place at fourteen under (-14). (more…)

Women’s Events Will Trigger Busiest Year For French Lick

Len Ziehm on GolfBy Len Ziehm

FRENCH LICK, Ind. - Golf's newest Hall of Fame has been slow in developing since Dave Harner, director of golf at French Lick Resort, announced plans for the LPGA Legends Hall of Fame last September.

The facility, to be located off the lobby of the West Baden Springs Hotel in this little southern Indiana town, is still vacant though Harner has no doubts that the Hall will be a major attraction when the Legends Championship returns to French Lick's Pete Dye Course from Aug. 15-17. (more…)

NW Indiana: Start is spectacular at Lost Marsh

By Len Ziehm Lost Marsh Clubhouse Hammond HAMMOND, Ind. - The Lost Marsh golf course didn't exist when I lived in Northwest Indiana from 1967-69 and was just getting serious about golf. What a shame! Back then, while working for the Hammond Times immediately after finishing college, the courses of choice were Wicker Park - it had a player-friendly course, the best hot dogs in Indiana and a most friendly staff - and the much newer Scherwood, in Schererville. Then there was Woodmar, right next to Wicker, but it was a private club and difficult to get on. (more…)

One Week Until the 2013 Concierge and Hospitality Professionals Golf Event!

Lost Marsh Golf CourseHello concierge golfers!! Come out Wednesday, June 19, 2013 to Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond! Play a round of golf with your colleagues and network with fellow concierges and hospitality professionals. If you are a concierge or hospitality professional and play golf … this event is sure to be fun-filled and a great way to network with fellow colleagues and spend a day at the beautiful Lost Marsh Golf Course. You will also have an opportunity to experience first-hand all that Lost Marsh has to offer (more…)

Four Winds Invitational Tournament Week Schedule Highlights

The Four Winds Invitational Tournament, a Symetra Tour golf tournament of the LPGA is at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, IN June 17-23. Here are some tournament week schedule highlights: Wednesday night, June 19 from 5-7 PM is the First Annual Golfing on the Gridiron Presented by Double Tree Hotel event at the College Football Hall of Fame that is open to the public at no charge.  View the attached flyer for all of the details.  Come out and see a football field full of young kids participating in a night of games, golf and fun! (more…)

On the road to the LPGA – 2013 Symetra Tour/Four Winds Invitational June 21-23, 2013

Silver Creek Event at Four WindsLast evening we attended the Sponsor Appreciation Reception and Dinner at the new Silver Creek Event Center in the Four Winds Hotel & Casino in conjunction with the Four Winds Invitational.  The Four Winds Invitational will be back again to the South Bend Community for the 2nd year.   The Four Winds Invitational tournament one of the stops on the 2013 Symetra Tour--Road to the LPGA will be held on June 21-23, 2013 at top-rated Blackthorn Golf Club.  Blackthorn is rated 4-1/2 stars by Golf Digest's "Places To Play" and is certainly a must play golf course this year. (more…)

French Lick Adds A Fourth Course, Sultan’s Run

By Len Ziehm FRENCH LICK, Ind. – If ever there was a comeback story in the golf business, it is the one unfolding at French Lick Resort. This little town of the same name in southern Indiana, near Louisville, was  the home to one of the popular vacation retreats in the United States in the early 1900s and its two stately hotels reflect that. The French Lick Hotel (now with a 24-hour casino added) has 443 rooms and suits and dates back to 1845. The West Baden Hotel, with 243 rooms and suites,…continue reading →
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