FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 14, 2014) – The Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Bell Tower Shops will serve as a title sponsor of a pro-am during the Inaugural Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial Golf Tournament in May.

The Crowne Plaza Pro-am has already sold out with 120 golfers and will take place on Thursday, May 1 at Cypress Lake Country Club in Fort Myers.

Participants will have the chance to play 18 holes of golf with one of the future stars of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour. Professional golfers on the Symetra Tour have showcased their talents all over the world including some who have starred on Golf Channel’s Big Break TV series.

“Local involvement and sponsors like Chico’s, Crowne Plaza, Eye Centers of Florida, FineMark National Bank & Trust and more are what drive the success of this memorial golf tournament,” said Matt Hoover, tournament director. “Having local players like Canterbury School graduate Michelle Shin participate makes it all the more special for the Southwest Florida community.”

The tournament is part of the Symetra Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA Tour beginning its 34th season in 2014. During the three days of competition, 144 LPGA Tour hopefuls will compete for a purse of $100,000 and the opportunity to earn points toward their LPGA Tour membership.

“We are very excited to be a part of this great tournament and title sponsor of a pro-am,” said Jim Larkin, general manager of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Bell Tower Shops, host hotel for the event. “The Symetra Tour features some of the nation’s top up-and-coming young female golfers including Cheyenne Woods, Tiger Woods’ niece.”

Woods, 23, has already enjoyed success as a professional golfer. On Feb. 9, she captured her first victory on a major tour at the Volvik RACV Australian Ladies Masters (Ladies European Tour).

The Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial Golf Tournament, which pays homage to one of the LPGA Tour founders and Fort Myers resident, the late Patty Berg, will be played on the Dick Wilson designed course which opened in 1959.

Berg, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, owns the all-time record for most major wins, a total of 15, by a female golfer.

Practice rounds will begin at Cypress Lake Country Club on Tuesday, April 29. Pro-ams will be played on Wednesday and Thursday, while competition will begin on Friday, May 2 and end on Sunday, May 4.

For more information on attending, volunteering, sponsoring and playing in either pro-am, please contact tournament director Matt Hoover at 239-254-9770 or visit

Adjacent to the Bell Tower Shops, the Crowne Plaza Hotel is the closest, full-service hotel to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW). With upscale amenities and friendly, professional service, it provides a memorable stay. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 13051 Bell Tower Drive in Fort Myers.