Korn Ferry golf officials hope to get home with hurricane coming

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) – If only blue skies and bright sunshine over the Tri-State on Labor Day was the same on the eastern Florida coast.

While so many enjoy the best Mother Nature has to offer at Victoria National for the final round of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship, there are some at the course about to feel her worst.

Hurricane Dorian has the Florida coast in its crosshairs, along with the PGA headquarters. It seems American golf is bracing for the big one after this storm blew through the Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian slams into the Bahamas.

“It’s not good,” said Korn Ferry Tour coordinator, Brad McGahey. “We have an event down in Abaco, that’s where it hit in Marsh Harbour.”

McGahey has spent the last week at Victoria National, but home is Jacksonville, Florida.

“I’m fortunate to live in a condo, I’m on the third story, I don’t have to worry about flooding,” he said, still prepared for the worst.

Hurricane Dorian from space.

“It’s all about helping neighbors, checking in on people, that’s part of my job too, we have so many players that live in that area and friends and colleagues that we work with, it’s just kind of looking out for everybody.”

While Jacksonville and the rest of the Florida coast are no stranger to hurricanes, this category 5 could really mess things up, like McGahey’s flight home.

“We’ll see if it gets there or if I’m suck in Atlanta for a couple days.”

Some airlines have begun canceling flights, but Orlando and Jacksonville airports are operating as normal – for now.

Allegiant flights between Evansville and Orlando are still scheduled for Thursday, but those could also change.

“I’m not feeling good about it,” McGahey said. “Just got to roll with it, right?”

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This story was originally published on September 2, 2019

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