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Mini-golf fundraiser returns to aid planter program

– An indoor mini-golf fundraiser returns to downtown Fort Wayne for another year, officials announced Tuesday.

The second annual Groundhog Open will be Feb. 7 on an 18-hole putting course laid out between Grand Wayne Center, Embassy Theatre/Indiana Hotel and the downtown Courtyard by Marriott.

The Groundhog Open will feature four flights of golfers, at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., with closing ceremonies and prizes awarded after the last group to play. The after-party celebration will be at the Courtyard. Teams or individuals may sign up at $100 a player.

The event will raise money for expanding and maintaining the year-round flower planter program. The planters were established by the city as part of the renovations of Calhoun Street and are maintained by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, with support of the Downtown Improvement District. The four-season maintenance for each planter averages about $400 a year, in addition to the cost of the planters themselves.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Groundhog Open are available. Eighteen hole sponsors have already committed to the event, but golf partner sponsorships are still available for a $1,000 contribution. Sponsorship includes two foursomes of players.

To register for the event, go to or call Tara Conway at 420-3266, ext 3040.

For further information on sponsorship, call Karl Bandemer, event chairman, at 469-2700.