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“Wings of Golf” Outing in Hendricks County, Aug. 17, 2016

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By Josh Duke
Hendricks County CVB

Registration has opened for one of Hendricks County premier golf fundraisers that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities for nearly 15 years.

The 13th Annual Wings of Golf Outing will be Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at Deer Creek Golf Club in Clayton, Indiana.

This year’s event begins with registration at 9 a.m. and tee time beginning at 10 a.m. Entry includes participation in a Florida Scramble with complimentary driving range, green fees, cart, breakfast and dinner. You can enter a team or as an individual, and spots still remain.

A live auction, raffle, hole activities and other surprises have become a staple of the event and will return this year. All proceeds from the event benefit Hendricks County Senior Services, Mental Health America of Hendricks County, Sheltering Wings and Sycamore Services.

Visit www.VisitHendricksCounty.com/Wings-of-Golf for more information, event pricing and to register online. Sponsorships are also still available by contacting Tracy Whetstone at Tracy@VisitHendricksCounty.com.

French Lick Resort Named “Best Historic Hotel” in America

French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Dyan Duncan
French Lick Resort

The results are in: French Lick Resort has been named Best Historic Hotel in the Readers’ Choice Awards – topping properties nationwide such as Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Calif. and Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Out of the 260 hotels recognized by Historic Hotels of America, Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of the organization, narrowed down the field to just 20 nominees for the “Best Historic Hotels” category.

After the field was narrowed to 20, readers of USA TODAY and 10Best had the opportunity to vote for their favorite historic properties. After four weeks, the top 10 winners were announced, and French Lick Resort was awarded the title of Best Historic Hotel.

“For USA TODAY’s savvy world travelers to single of French Lick Resort amongst the prestigious list of historic properties speaks volumes about how far we’ve come since our re-opening just nine years ago,” said VP of Resort Operations Joe Vezzoso. “With a readership of 3.1 million, there’s huge opportunity for us to get our property in front of a lot of potential visitors.”

French Lick Resort features two grand hotels nestled in the Hoosier National Forest of southern Indiana. French Lick Springs Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while the West Baden Springs Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, consistently makes Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Places to Stay in the World” and has been ranked the No. 1 Hotel in Indiana by US News & World Report in 2013 and 2014.

There are 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, two world-class spas, Vegas-style gaming, horseback riding, activities for kids and meeting and event space totaling 200,000 square feet.

This prestigious award comes less than a week before the resort is set to host the 2015 Senior PGA Championship, May 19-24, 2015, presented by KitchenAid. The championship is expected to draw upwards of 25,000 people to the area and will be broadcast to 250 million homes in 160 countries and territories.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 200,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

For more information, visit http://frenchlick.com/, or call 812-936-9300.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 11-17, 2014

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment
Madison Ribberfest

Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 15-16.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. THU-SUN: Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center
  2. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  3. THU-SUN: 10th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in Indianapolis
  4. SUN: 5th Annual Dig In, A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park
  5. WED-SUN: LPGA Legends Championship at the French Lick Resort
  6. FRI-SAT: 10th Annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  7. THU-SAT: ‘City of Forking Paths’ at the Indiana Convention Center
  8. SAT: Miranda Lambert in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. FRI-SUN: Elwood Glass Festival in Madison County
  10. FRI-SAT: Madison Ribberfest BBQ and Blues in Jefferson County
  11. MON-WED: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  12. THU-SUN: Greensburg ‘Power of the Past’ at the Decatur County Fairgrounds
  13. SAT: 6th Annual WAMMfest at Craig Park in Greenwood
  14. THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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LPGA Legends Championship at French Lick, Aug. 15-17

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Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Kevin Frisch
On behalf of the Legends Championship
http://thelegendstour.com/

The Legends Championship benefitting Riley Children’s Foundation will return to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort this month in French Lick, Indiana. The 2nd annual event will feature the largest purse on The Legends Tour at $500,000, with a field of 60 players competing for the championship title, August 15-17, 2014.

The 2013 tournament was held in late September, but will move to a new date on the calendar this year. Rain and cold temperatures made last year’s event a real test of endurance.

Defending champion Lorie Kane of Canada will return to Indiana hoping to retain her title and already gives the new tournament date a thumbs-up of approval.

“I’m looking forward to playing the course earlier in the summer, compared to last year,” said Kane, who edged Floridian Laurie Rinker on the final hole in last year’s soggy championship. “Being the inaugural winner was a thrill.”

The championship will be contested over 54 holes, with six players competing in a Super Legends division (36 holes, Saturday & Sunday only) for ages 63 and over. LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famers Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Sandra Haynie, Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacy, along with Legends Tour Hall of Fame member Jan Stephenson, will be in the tournament field.

In addition, one player will earn a spot into the field through a qualifying tournament, set for Wednesday on the tournament course at 8:00 AM. Eight aspiring Legends are expected to compete, including Yumiko Takeuchi of Japan who also attempted to qualify in 2013.

Tickets are $10 each day at the gate or $25 for the week for a three-day pass. Kids under 18, as well as military personnel with an ID, get in free. College golf teams also will be admitted at no charge.

Competition will begin Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 AM, with gates opening at 7:30 a.m. Prior to the competitive rounds, a pro-am tournament will be held Thursday at 10:00 AM. Admission to the pro-am is free.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation in support of the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. As one of the country’s top children’s hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health strives to provide the most advanced care and premier pediatric research in the nation.

Here is the tournament field for the 2014 Legends Championship:

Dina Ammaccapane
Donna Andrews
Lori Atsedes
Susie Berning *
Jane Blalock *
Pat Bradley
Donna Caponi *
JoAnne Carner
Dawn Coe-Jones
Jane Crafter
Elaine Crosby
Alicia Dibos
Judy Dickinson *
Wendy Doolan
Dana Dormann
Heather Drew
Michelle Estill
Cindy Figg-Currier
Allison Finney
Amy Fruwirth
Jackie Gallagher-Smith
Lisa Grimes
Shelley Hamlin
Sandra Haynie *
Becky Iverson
Christa Johnson
Trish Johnson
Cathy Johnston-Forbes
Rosie Jones
Lorie Kane
Jenny Lidback
Sally Little
Nancy Lopez
Marilyn Lovander
Cindy Miller
Barb Moxness
Barb Mucha
Martha Nause
Lisolette Neumann
Anne Marie Palli
Sandra Palmer *
Joan Pitcock
Cindy Rarick
Michelle Redman
Laurie Rinker
Cindy Schreyer
Nancy Scranton
Laura Shanahan Rowe
Patty Sheehan
Val Skinner
Hollis Stacy
Sherri Steinhauer
Jan Stephenson
Kris Tschetter
Sherri Turner
Lori West
Kathryn Young Robyn

* Super Legends Division Player

For more information about The Legends Championship or The Legends Tour, please visit www.thelegendstour.com. For information about French Lick Resort, visit http://frenchlick.com/, or call 812-936-9300.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Fusion Media Strategies.

Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships at The Fort, 2015/2016

Fort Harrison State Park

Fort Harrison State Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By John Dedman
Indiana Sports Corporation
http://indianasportscorp.org/

The Big Ten Conference recently announced that The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis will be the site for the 2015 and 2016 Big Ten Women’s Golf Championships. The 2015 championships will be held April 24-26, while the 2016 event will take place April 22-24.

Michigan State and Ohio State shared the 2014 Big Ten title with the championships being played at the Pete Dye Course in French Lick, Ind. Five Big Ten teams were selected to the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals field with three of those teams – Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State – advancing to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.

The Fort: As part of the former Ft. Benjamin Harrison military base that was decommissioned in the early 1990s, the state of Indiana took over the facility as well as the surrounding 1,700 acres. The wooded acreage was transformed into a state park. The golf course was redesigned by renowned architect Pete Dye and reopened in 1997. The Fort is consistently ranked by numerous national golf publications as one of the top facilities in Indiana. In 2014, GolfWeek magazine said that The Fort was the top ranked public golf course in the Indianapolis area and the highest ranked course not associated with an accompanying casino in the entire state. More information is available at TheFortGolfCourse.com.

About the Big Ten Conference: The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Beginning July 1, the broad-based athletic programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide nearly $200 million in direct financial aid to almost 9,500 student-athletes on 350 teams in 43 different sports. The Big Ten will sponsor 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as official sports for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.