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HHRVB Announces Premiere Local Golf Resort to Host National LPGA Tour Event in Summer 2009

Published: Feb 6, 2009

 First Tee of the Susquehanna Valley to run the Pennsylvania Classic at Felicita, a new stop on the Duramed FUTURES Tour Schedule

HARRISBURG, PA (February 6, 2009) – The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau announced today that the Pennsylvania Classic, an LPGA Duramed FUTURES Tour event would be held at Felicita Garden Resort & Spa, located in the Hershey Harrisburg region on August 21-23, 2009.

This professional women’s golf event is one of 16 events held in 14 states and the only one held in Pennsylvania. The Duramed FUTURES Tour is the developmental tour for the LPGA.

“To have a national golf organization select one of our premiere resorts to host their prestigious tour event truly speaks volumes about the pristine golf courses and luxury resorts in our region,” said Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau President Mary Smith. “We believe the combination of Felicita Garden Resort and Spa and the other unique amenities found in our area will pamper these players and their families in a way that should certainly help to draw world-class players to this tournament this year and in the future.”        

“This is a very exciting opportunity for this region,” said Joe Nehila, Executive Director of The First Tee of the Susquehanna Valley. “We are pleased to be working on this event this year and to have the opportunity to grow the event in Pennsylvania with its move to the Harrisburg area.”

The First Tee of the Susquehanna Valley uses the lessons of golf -- honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment, to promote character development in young players and at-risk youth in our region. “Notonly will our young golf players get to learn the game of golf this year, they will have the chance to see professional golf at its best,” added Mr. Nehila.

The Golf Club at Felicita is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in Central Pennsylvania. The design emphasizes the natural setting of the mountain environment while also creating an aesthetic experience. The course itself was originally set by William and David Gordon in 1963. Since 1998, the Course has been transformed through careful landscaping, where every hole is a garden. 1=Zen, 2=Magnolia, 3=Alpine, 4=Woodland, etc.

“We’re thrilled to join a distinguished list of golf courses around the country that host the LPGA players of tomorrow,” said Ryan Longenecker, General Manager, Felicita Garden Resort and Spa. “We believe Felicita will offer the players a challenging event and an experience they will not forget.”

About Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau

The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) is the official Convention & Visitors Bureau serving Dauphin and Perry Counties.  HHRVB is committed to actively marketing the region locally, domestically, and internationally to Leisure Travelers, Business Travelers and Business Events (Meetings & Conventions), the Sports Event Market, and Groups (Student & Youth, Religious, Family Reunion, Motor Coach) in order to stimulate the economy through sustained growth in tourism, thereby creating tourism-related jobs, increasing tax revenue for the region, and improving the quality of life for all county residents.

About Felicita Garden Resort & Spa

Felicita Resort, a beautiful and relaxing 810 acre facility including Golf, Spa, Lodging and Gardens, is set on two sides of Fishing Creek Valley and nestled under Blue Mountain in Central Pennsylvania. Welcome to paradise surrounded by miles of state park game lands and only 10 miles from Harrisburg, the capital city of Pennsylvania. Felicita, in Italian, means "great happiness." As part of this happiness, Felicita offers an Augusta North, garden-themed championship golf course combined with a beautifully appointed clubhouse, complete with The Grille, Felicita Room, a full bar, and meeting rooms. For more information: www.felicitaresort.com.

About The First Tee of the Susquehanna Valley

The First Tee of The Susquehanna Valley serves over 8,800 youth in Lancaster, York, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and Berks Counties in Pennsylvania. The First Tee of the Susquehanna Valley works to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life enhancing values, all while enjoying and learning the game of golf. The First Tee of Susquehanna Valley is committed to providing the underserved and at-risk youth of our community enhanced educational opportunities that will positively impact and improve the lives of the participants. The First Tee of Susquehanna Valley delivers Life Skills Education as part of a regular school day curriculum or as an after school life enhancement opportunity. For more information: www.thefirstteesvpa.org


About the Duramed FUTURES Tour

The Duramed FUTURES Tour, the LPGA’s developmental tour, is in its 29th competitive season. The Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. The top 10 money winners each season earn automatic memberships on the LPGA Tour for the following season. With more than 300 alumnae as current members of the LPGA through 2008, former Duramed FUTURES Tour players have won a total of 345 LPGA titles, including 37 major championships. Duramed FUTURES Tour events have contributed more than $4.5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989. For more information, visit www.duramedfuturestour.com

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110