WARRICK COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing and Finance expects thousands to walk Victoria National Golf Course this weekend.
And first aid will be close by.
First responders are stationed in a big brown tent near the main entrance.
They’re prepared for the worst, but expect to treat cuts and bruises.
And day one of the tournament Pro-Ams continue at Victoria National.
Sports Director Randall Parmley is live from the course.
Randall Parmley: Hey Shelley, and good afternoon. Welcome back to Victoria National for the Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing and Finance. And as you mentioned today is the first day of Pro-Ams, we’ll have another day of Pro-Ams tomorrow, then practice rounds will be on Thursday before the first round of play gets underway on Friday. Joining me now is Tom Rose from Victoria National – Director of Golf Operations and Tom, this has been a long time coming. You guys are all pros at this at this point and time, but you have to be pleased to finally get your feet on the ground and get going on what will be another fantastic weekend of golf.
Tom Rose: Most definitely. You say we’re pros, we’ve been doing the spring event for what – 7 straight years. And this is the first one hosting the tour championship so, we’re as excited as could be and what a great event for the community.
Randall Parmley: How much different is it since the tournament changed and this is now the championship? The top 25 players get their tour cards, but how do things change for you guys preparing for the tournament?
Tom Rose: Really, preparation not too much different. It’s really a great time of year for us – the spring was always a challenge – volunteers and help wise. So, actually a smaller feel for us and just a better time of year so, we couldn’t be more excited.
Randall Parmley: What does this mean for the folks out here at Victoria National? The tournament has just grown and grown and grown over the years. It seems as though Victoria National has put its stamp on this event – what does it mean on a national stage for Victoria National?
Tom Rose: Well, most definitely. Beside Victoria National, our new ownership group the Dormie Network really made this happen, along with Ron Romaine and the community. What a great event for the community and the fans have supported it – combining that together staying power that we’re gonna be here for the next 10 years and showcasing our wonderful golf course, but the Evansville community.
Randall Parmley: For fans coming out, maybe this is their second, third, fourth time they’ve come out to the tournament – can they expect anything different from a fans point of view? Like hospitality and things of that nature?
Tom Rose: Yea, hospitality, every year we’ve been getting a little better at it, I think. As the community has supported the event over the past couple of years – they’re doing more. Lorine Katz and her whole committee have done a wonderful job of you look around the 18th green – just spectacular. A couple double decker viewing areas there besides going out to 17 so, there’s all sorts of opportunities for fans to enjoy a great weekend of golf.
Randall Parmley: Thank you for giving us a couple minutes and best of luck for the rest of the week.
(This story was originally published on August 27, 2019)