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Benchmark Appoints Ron Leporati Head Golf Professional for
Bedford Springs Old Course at Bedford Springs Resort
in Pennsylvania


The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, June 2007 - Benchmark Hospitality International has announced the appointment of Ron Leporati as head golf professional for Bedford Springs Old Course at Bedford Springs Resort, the historic property dating to 1796 that once served as the Summer White House.  The resort, along with the golf course, is scheduled to reopen this month following a $120 million restoration and expansion.  The property is located in Bedford, Pennsylvania.  Rikki Boparai, general manager for Benchmark Hospitality at Bedford Springs, made the announcement.  
 
"We welcome Ron to Bedford Springs Resort," said Mr. Boparai.  "This property has a rich 100-year legacy of providing superb golf experiences to guests.  We look forward to his leadership in continuing this tradition as the property embarks on a new century of golf and hospitality."
 
Previously Ron Leporati was PGA director of golf for the Hidden Creek Country Club of Reston, Virginia, a private club located in the Washington, DC metro area.  Before this, he served as the PGA assistant golf professional for Columbia Country Club of Chevy Chase, Maryland, host site of the 1921 United States Golf Open.  
 
Earlier in his career, Leporati was employed by Benchmark Hospitality at Lansdowne Resort near Leesburg, Virginia, where he served as assistant golf professional of the property's Golf Club.  He has also worked as golf shop manager for the Boonsboro Country Club of Lynchburg, Virginia.
 
Ron Leporati is a graduate of Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelors degree in Sports Management.  He has relocated to Bedford.
 
About Bedford Springs Resort 

The historic Bedford Springs Resort, which dates to 1796, is undergoing a comprehensive renovation and expansion program to create a 216-guestroom Four Star-quality destination resort.  The property is scheduled to reopen late June 2007.
 
The National Historic Landmark resort has hosted such distinguished guests as Aaron Burr, Daniel Webster, and seven US Presidents, including James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Ronald Reagan (while Governor) and James Buchanan, who used Bedford Springs as his Summer White House. In 1857 in the Grand Lobby, President Buchanan received the first transatlantic cable from England's Queen Victoria. 
 
A classic 'springs resort' with many of the original buildings and architectural elements still in place, the restored and expanded Bedford Springs Resort will feature six restaurants, including the Crystal Dining Room, the Frontier Tavern, the 1796 Room, Che Sara Sara Cafe, the Turtle Shell, as well as over 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space with pre-function areas to accommodate a wide variety of groups.  The property will also feature a restored 1905 swimming pool and solarium - one of the first in America, and the new Springs Eternal Spa complex, which will total 30,000 square feet and have a full range of treatments designed around the seven unique springs that are part of the property and the history of the resort. There will also be a fitness area and a full service salon.
 
Outdoor amenities include the restoration of the A.W.Tillinghast (1912) / Donald Ross (1923) 18-hole golf course and a new pro shop.  Ross, widely considered the father of American golf architecture, re-designed the Tillinghast course and added his signature features, such as small greens, serpentine bunkers, doughnut bunkers, false fronts on greens and more.  Also, the resort will offer an outdoor pool, sun decks, a snack bar, 25 miles of hiking trails, 265 miles of rural mountain biking trails traversing the 2,200 acres of natural wooded landscape, and the Resort Rascals children's program.

Additional activities and amenities are an historic outdoor wedding grotto, spa garden, an outdoor pavilion on Red Oak Lake, fly fishing streams, river rafting, carriage rides and day excursions and cross country skiing in season.
 
Situated on 2,200 acres just outside the charming borough of Bedford in south central, Pennsylvania, the Bedford Springs Resort is located on Highway 220, three miles south of Exit 146 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Close to the intersection of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 70, the resort is a convenient two-hour drive from Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh, and two and one half hours from Philadelphia and four hours from New York City.  To learn more about Bedford Springs Resort, visit www.bedfordspringsresort.com.  The property is owned by Bedford Resort Partners, Ltd.  Benchmark Hospitality International operates the resort.
 
Benchmark Hospitality International, an independent hospitality management company based in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, operates resorts, conference centers, hotels and condominium resorts both domestically and internationally.  For locations of Benchmark Hospitality properties and for additional information, visit Benchmark's Website at www.benchmarkhospitality.com.  

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Contact:

Ken Ellens
Ken Ellens Communications 
201-758-2864 / 201-758-2865-Fax
KenEllens@aol.com

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Also See: Historic 1923 Donald Ross Course at Landmark Bedford Springs Resort Under Restoration; Includes Vintage Holes by Oldham, 1895; Tillinghast, 1912; Ross, 1923 / August 2006
Benchmark Announces the Appointment of David Swartzel as Head Golf Course Superintendent for Bedford Springs Resort / August 2006
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