2014 Groundhog Open

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

February 6, 2014

Location: Grand Wayne Center, the Embassy Theater/ Indiana Hotel and the downtown Courtyard by Marriott

Phone: (260) 420-3266 Ext. 103

Link: http://www.GroundhogOpen.com

Event Description

December 16, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM EDT

The Groundhog Open will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 on a beautiful 18-hole championship putting course laid out between the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Historic Embassy Theatre/Indiana Hotel, and the downtown Courtyard by Marriott. Designed by sponsors of each individual hole, this extraordinary layout, crossing Jefferson Boulevard and Harrison Street will challenge even the most skilled golfer!

New to the 2014 event, Duke Butler, Tournament Director of the Hotel Fitness Championship will make a presentation to golfers at a breakfast provided by the Hilton Hotel.

The Groundhog Open will feature four flights of golfers, two each in the morning and afternoon. Closing ceremonies will be held at the Marriott by Courtyard where prizes will be awarded following the last group to play. Four person teams may sign up at $100 per player.

Title Sponsors for the event are Comcast and Fort Wayne Newspapers/Indiana Golf Show.

The Groundhog Open is a benefit and will raise funds toward expanding the year-round Downtown Planter Program. The planters were established by the City as part of the 2009 - 2010 renovations of Calhoun Street, and are maintained by the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department, with the strong support of the Downtown Improvement District. The extraordinary popularity of the floral streetscape with downtown employees and visitors has led to requests for expansion of the planter program. Intensively cultivated and watered under contract to the Parks & Recreation Department, the four-season maintenance for each planter averages about $400 per year, in addition to the cost of the planters themselves.

"The planter program has been so successful, that the City welcomed the involvement of the Downtown Improvement District to help expand it further throughout the downtown," notes Mayor Tom Henry."

Bill Brown, President of the Downtown Improvement District, believes beautification to be an essential element of the downtown ecosystem. Brown says, “Creating a quality experience for all who live, work and visit downtown Fort Wayne is very important and at the forefront of our Clean and Green efforts. Thanks to our key event sponsors Comcast and Fort Wayne Newspapers/Indiana Golf Show, our 18 hole sponsors, the City of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, and the hundreds of people that participate in the Groundhog Open.”

Sponsorship opportunities for the Groundhog Open are available. Eighteen hole sponsors have already committed to the event, but event sponsorships are still available. This level of sponsorship includes two foursomes of players and many other benefits.

For further information about the event or sponsorship, please contact Jane Applegate – (260) 420-3266 Ext. 103 .

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