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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: March 19, 2014

Facebook: WV Commerce - State Parks

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Sam England, Stonewall Resort State Park Supt. 304-269-0524 Samuel.A.England@wv.gov


Stonewall Resort's Palmer Golf Course Season Opens March 29;  Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Headlines Evening Entertainment

WESTON, W.Va. - The Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Stonewall Resort opens March 29 for the 2014 season with special rates and an April Fools Golf Tournament March 30. 

To celebrate the new season, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., West Virginia native and the 2011 winner of NBC TV's America's Got Talent, will offer a special "lounge-style" evening concert in the Stonewall Resort ballroom. The March 29 event is open to the public and tickets are available by visiting www.stonewallresort.com or by calling 703-268-4218. 

"From one of America's greatest pastimes to one of West Virginia's most celebrated crooners, March 29 is going to be a special time to be at Stonewall Resort," said Steve Ludwig, director of sales and marketing. "Guests can take advantage of a great day of golf on one of the state's most acclaimed courses and then relax to the cool sounds of Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. as he performs Great American Songbook classics from The Rat Pack. And, guests can stay the night March 29 for the special rate of $99.

"Murphy will be accompanied by his dynamic small jazz combo, giving fans the chance to see him as never before, in an up-close-and-personal setting that will highlight his smooth vocal style on all-time classics and a first listen for tracks from his upcoming third album," Ludwig said.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the resort ballroom, restyled in a 1950s jazz club motif complete with a dance floor. Concert tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, with a limited number of VIP tables up front which will include a meet-and-greet and photo with Murphy and the band for $50. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the resort website at www.stonewallresort.com, at www.landaumurphyjr.com or by calling 703-268-4218.  

"Anticipation for the upcoming golf season is building by the day and the Palmer Signature Course - recently ranked #57 'Best Resort Course in America' by Golf Week - will be primed and ready for play Saturday, March 29," Ludwig said. 

For those interested in removing the winter rust, an April Fools Golf Tournament will be offered the next day, Sunday, March 30, with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $25, which includes cart, and the winner receives a free Palmer Card valued at $169. Golfers should contact the Golf Shop at 304-269-8885 to register for the tournament and reserve tee times.

"Whether you are a golfer, music enthusiast, nature lover or someone who likes to spend time in the spa, Stonewall has something for everyone the final weekend of March," Ludwig said.

To make lodging reservations or for more information, contact the resort at 304-269-7400 or visit the website at www.stonewallresort.com.

About Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

Since winning America's Got Talent on NBC by the biggest margin in the show's history, Murphy has released a Billboard #1 ranked debut CD, "That's Life," produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, a best-selling Christmas CD, "Christmas Made For Two," with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Children's Home Society of West Virginia, and an Amazon #1 ranked best-selling book "Landau – From Washing Cars to Hollywood Stars." 

Landau completed tracks for his upcoming third CD in November 2013 at Capitol Records in Hollywood CA, with an expected release in late 2014.  He has appeared on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends, The View, The Talk, The Tom Joyner Show, The Daily Buzz, HLN and dozens of other top media outlets, and was awarded Reality TV Personality of the Year. Among his dozens of tour stops, Landau has appeared at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, The Apollo Theater in New York City, Madison Square Garden, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, and at Armed Forces Entertainment concerts for U.S. Troops stationed in Europe.  He continues to make his home in his beloved West Virginia. Visit Landau online at www.landaumurphyjr.com

About Stonewall Resort

The Four Diamond-rated Stonewall Resort (www.stonewallresort.com) is a 201-guestroom property with a lakeside lodge and lakeside cottages, a conference center, restaurants, complete fitness center and swimming pool, spa and an 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course. The resort is located at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park near Weston, W.Va. Stonewall Resort is a joint private/public development between MHLP, Inc. and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® operates Stonewall Resort.

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  The 2014 golf season begins March 29 at Stonewall Resort State Park’s Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course
Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  The 2014 golf season begins March 29 at Stonewall Resort State Park's Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course