Victoria National GC, located outside Evansville, Indiana, traditionally poses one of the Web.com Tour’s most demanding tests. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Web.com Tour’s season-ending event moves to Victoria National GC through 2028
The Web.com Tour, United Leasing & Finance, Golf Gives Back and Dormie Network announced Monday a 10-year agreement for Victoria National Golf Club to serve as host venue for the Web.com Tour Championship through 2028. The newly-named Web.com Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance will be contested August 30-September 2, 2019, with the final round set for Labor Day.
“We are excited to bring the Web.com Tour Championship to Evansville because it has all the elements and partnerships in place to make this unprecedented, long-term commitment an incredible success,” said Web.com Tour President Dan Glod. “It starts with United Leasing & Finance, which has been an unwavering supporter of the Web.com Tour since 2011. And now with Dormie Network’s support of the tournament and its recent acquisition of Victoria National Golf Club – one of the game’s most demanding tests – we have the ideal scenario for our season-ending championship. Additionally, with strong local leadership through Golf Gives Back, numerous volunteers and TOUR Vision Promotions as our operator, we are confident the Web.com Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance will continue to have an increased impact on fans, the community and charity.”
United Leasing & Finance, which served as title sponsor of the annual United Leasing & Finance Championship since 2012, will be the presenting sponsor of the event. Since 1964, United Leasing & Finance has offered creative financial solutions through leasing and commercial lending, for clients ranging from small enterprises to Fortune 100 companies.
“This new 10-year agreement would not have been possible without the support of our partners and sponsors and their commitment to help grow the United Leasing & Finance Championship into a much larger and more meaningful golf tournament, benefiting our region and its charities,” said United Leasing & Finance CEO Ron Romain. “We are thrilled to continue our support of this first-class Tour event for our great community.”
Golf Gives Back, which has generated $1,664,172 for area non-profit charities since 2012, will remain as the host organization and charitable beneficiary for the tournament. In January, Easterseals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville became the first recipient of the inaugural Golf Gives Back Impact Grant, with a $50,000 grant to help convert an existing classroom into an art studio.
The PGA TOUR and its tournaments across all six Tours (including the Web.com Tour) generated more than $180 million for charitable causes in 2017, bringing the all-time total to $2.65 billion.
Victoria National, which has served as tournament host since 2012, has developed a reputation as one of the more demanding venues on the annual Web.com Tour schedule. The course, which is currently No. 43 in Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,” has statistically played as one of the three most difficult venues on Tour each of the last six years.
As part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, Victoria National also meets standards for environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management.
In August, Victoria National was purchased by the Nebraska-based Dormie Network, which owns a national network of private destination golf clubs that also includes ArborLinks (Nebraska City, Nebraska), Dormie Club (Pinehurst, North Carolina), Ballyhack Golf Club (Roanoke, Virginia) and Briggs Ranch Golf Club (San Antonio, Texas).
“Dormie Network is honored to host the Web.com Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance at Victoria National,” said Dormie Network President Zach Peed. “We expect the course will provide a test worthy of this prestigious tournament and are confident the event will be a success for the Tour, as well as the Evansville community, for years to come.”
As the path to the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour awards 25 TOUR cards at the conclusion of the Regular Season, with another 25 cards awarded following the completion of the three-event, season-ending Web.com Tour Finals.
The Web.com Tour Finals will open with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship (August 15-18) in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Boise, Idaho, for the 30th annual Albertsons Boise Open presented by Kraft Nabisco (August 22-25) and concluding in Evansville. Each of the three events will feature a $1 million purse.
The Web.com Tour Championship has produced an impressive list of winners, including major champions David Duval (1993) and Stewart Cink (1996), as well as recent PGA TOUR winners Matt Every (2009), Chesson Hadley (2013) and Emiliano Grillo (2015). The tournament will feature the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season money list, as well as Nos. 126-200 in the TOUR’s FedExCup standings.
The United Leasing & Finance Championship, which was originally slated for April 25-28, 2019, will be replaced by a new tournament to be announced in January.
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