The Wilderness at Fortune Bay began hosting its annual Indian Summer Classic golf tournament in 2005 to support the Bois Forte Scholarship Fund, providing students with financial assistance while attending college or vocational training. "We can’t imagine a better investment in the future," said Tom Beaudry, general manager and PGA professional at The Wilderness at Fortune Bay Resort Casino.
The tournament has generated $250,000 for student scholarships since its inception, Beaudry noted.
Last year's 11th annual tournament set an attendance record with more than 175 players and netted a record profit of more than $34,000 for local students. He credited the number to the "generosity and support of many local and national businesses that sponsored the tournament,” Beaudry said, extending a special thanks to the title sponsors of last year's tournament: Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Konami Gaming, Aristocrat Technologies, Northern State Bank of Aurora, and Key Bank, among other supporters.
The 12th Annual Indian Summer Classic will take place August 18, 2016. The buy-in for the four-person scramble tournament is $150 per person.
Owned by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay, is located in Tower, Minnesota, 45 miles south of the Canadian border near the spectacular Lake Vermilion. The course sits atop high granite ridges and amid the red and white pines and evergreens of the Minnesota woodlands. Designed by Jeffrey D. Brauer and measuring 7,207 yards from the back tees, the Wilderness is often billed as a “long hitter’s dream,” though it caters to golfers of all skill levels with four tees boxes at each hole.