Pokagon Band To Host Annual Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament

Hampshire Country Club

DOWAGIAC, MI – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will host its Annual Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, May 26 at Hampshire Country Club. The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format along with food, drinks and prizes that will be awarded in several categories. The early bird registration deadline is April 7, 2023. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Pokagon Potawatomi Veterans Society Military Emergency Relief Fund, which supports Pokagon Citizen veterans who are both active duty and retired military.  

“Now in its 14th year, the Pokagon Band’s Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament was established to help support our Pokagon Band Veterans, also referred to as Pokagon Bode´wadmik Ogitchedaw,” said Matthew Swisher, Chairman of the Pokagon Bode´wadmik Ogitchedaw Board. “Funds raised from this annual golf tournament play a vital role in providing necessary support to many of our veterans that need assistance returning to civilian life after serving in the military. We also have an ageing veteran population that requires additional assistance. The needs can range from temporary financial assistance for things like healthcare and medical bills to utility bills, and vehicle and home repairs.” 

Funds raised for the Pokagon Potawatomi Veterans Society Military Emergency Relief Fund are distributed by the Pokagon Bode´wadmik Ogitchedaw Board.  

“Whether you support the tournament as a donor, individual player, part of a team or as a team sponsor, your contribution can make a significant difference for a Pokagon Veteran,” said Scott Brewer, a Pokagon veteran and Senior Vice President of Government and Community Relations & Security of Four Winds Casinos. “We really appreciate the support from all of our tournament supporters, both past and present, and we look forward to having a very successful tournament again this year.”   

The four-person scramble format for the tournament will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. Eastern, followed by a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for several categories including first and second place teams; men’s longest drive; women’s longest drive; men’s closest to the pin; women’s closest to the pin; and special Veteran team prizes will also be awarded to the first and second place veteran teams. 

Sponsors are invited to a Pre-Event Reception on Thursday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Four Winds Casino South Bend.

For more information regarding registration or the event, contact Heather Byers at [email protected].