Women golfers competed for the largest purse on the Symetra Tour, part of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, at the 2013 Four Winds Invitational, hosted June 21-23 at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Indiana, by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians' Four Winds Casino.
Proceeds from the tournament amounted to $56,500, which was donated to the Memorial Children’s Hospital, which will use the money to purchase a neonatal incubator transport unit for its MedFlight helicopter program.
“Memorial Children’s Hospital serves 22 referral hospitals across Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. In 2012, a total of 769 infants and children were transported to Memorial Children’s Hospital for specialized care, a 29 percent increase from 2011,” said Michaeleen Conlee, senior director of Women’s and Children’s Services at Memorial Children’s Hospital. “In the care of our region’s smallest and most fragile infants, time and safety are the two most important priorities. This incubator will allow Memorial Children’s Hospital to provide cutting-edge medical care, at every referral hospital, in half the
time as ground transport. This incubator is one of the most important pieces of equipment available for the care of premature infants and will be lifesaving to many.”
The Pokagon Band will once again be the title sponsor for the 2014 Four Winds Invitational, which will continue to have the largest purse on the Symetra Tour. The tournament will be held from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Blackthorn Golf Club.
“We are proud to continue as the title sponsor of the Four Winds Invitational and contribute to the future success of the tournament that benefits both the South Bend community and Memorial Children’s Hospital,” said Matt Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “Along with the support of several local sponsors, we are also very proud to have made a donation of $109,500 to Memorial Children's Hospital over the past two years.