Wisconsin Celebrity/Players Shootout to Kick-off 2012 U.S. Women’s Open

Packers, Bucks and Former Badger Pair with Leading Golfers TODAY at 2 p.m.

WHAT:               The 2012 U.S. Women’s Open welcomes Wisconsin athletes to the Wisconsin Celebrity/Player Shootout. Recognizable sports figures in Wisconsin will pair up with the world’s best LPGA players in a mic’d up 5-hole scramble, teeing off on the 10th tee of the Original Championship Course at Blackwolf Run.  Guests can enjoy an interactive experience and Q&A in advance of tee-off. This event requires championship access ($15) and children ages 17 and under will be admitted free with a ticketed adult. To purchase tickets, please call the Championship Office at 920-453-2889 or visit www.2012uswomensopen.com.

WHO:                    Participants Include:
·         Christina Kim, LPGA Player
·         Cheyenne Woods, LPGA Player
·         Amanda Blumenherst, LPGA Player

·         Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers President and CEO
·         Mark Tauscher, former Green Bay Packers offensive tackle
·         Bill Schroeder, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver
·         Ron Dayne, former Wisconsin Badger and Heisman Trophy winner
·         Joe Wolf, Kohler-native and Milwaukee Bucks coaching staff
·         Tony Smith, Wisconsin-native and former Bucks player

WHEN:              Monday, July 2, 2012
U.S. Women’s Open- Original Championship course at Blackwolf Run
Kohler, Wis. July 2-8
2p.m. Tee-Off
4:30p.m. Interview Opportunities with Wisconsin Athletes

WHERE:              Tee-off – 10th tee of the Original Championship Course
Interviews – Putting Green, Blackwolf Run
1111 West Riverside Drive
Kohler, WI 53044

About Blackwolf Run and 2012 U.S. Women’s Open
Site of the first Kohler-hosted golf championship in 1998, The Original Championship Course at Blackwolf Run welcomes the 67th U.S. Women’s Open, July 2-8, 2012. One of Pete Dye’s crowning achievements, Blackwolf Run opened for play in June 1988 and was named that year’s “Best New Public Course” by Golf Digest. It has continued to accumulate awards and honors including regularly being ranked on the list of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses” by Golf Digest and the “Top 100 You Can Play” by GOLF Magazine.

About Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate Group
The Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate profile includes The American Club, boasting the first and only Forbes Five-Star hotel property in Wisconsin, and world-renowned championship golf courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run. Kohler Co. also operates The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in the birthplace of golf, St Andrews, Scotland, a AA Five Red Star property and recognized as one of the 10 most exclusive lodgings in the world. The Hotel stands astride the 17th hole of the Old Course and the North Sea. Just behind the 18th hole, Kohler Co. is renovating what will be known as Hamilton Grand, 26 of the world’s most extraordinary apartments that will be sold as 99-year leaseholds in the spring of 2012.

About The American Club Resort
The American Club Resort is in a select group being one of only 36 hotels worldwide to be rated both Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond, while the Kohler Waters Spa is one of just 30 spas worldwide to earn the Five-Star – both firsts in the State of Wisconsin. Additionally, it was named No. 3 Golf Resort in North America, by Golf Digest Magazine. In addition, Kohler has hosted the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run, as well as the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships and 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits. Kohler will also play host to the 2015 PGA Championship and 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. The resort features 11 dining establishments from the Forbes Four-Star Immigrant Restaurant to traditional pub fare at Horse & Plow and rustic Italian at Cucina. The resort is located in the Village of Kohler, Wis., one hour north of Milwaukee.

About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the
Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries. For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.