Thursday, June 20 2013 5:01 AM EDT2013-06-20 09:01:31 GMT
A Warrick County man is dead following a canoe accident in Harrison County. It's the second death in the Blue River this week. Indiana conservation officers say 69-year-old William Chappell of BoonvilleMore >>
Indiana conservation officers say 69-year-old William Chappell of Boonville was canoeing with his wife Wednesday when they struck a log and flipped over.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:30 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:30:38 GMT
It happened around 2:30 this morning at the kangaroo express on south kentucky. You can see a heavy police presence at the scene. Officers say a white male in his late 20's, early 30's walked into theMore >>
Officers say the suspect walked into the gas station, implied he a weapon and demanded cash.More >>
A tropical depression has formed off the coast of Belize and forecasters say it is expected to bring as much as five inches of rain to parts of Belize, Guatemala and northern Honduras.More >>
Tropical Storm Barry bore down on Mexico's Gulf Coast early Thursday as civil defense workers readied emergency shelters and forecasters warned of the possibility of deadly flash floods and mudslides.More >>
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The idea of bringing a PGA tournament to Victoria National Golf Club started a long time ago.
It obviously takes a team of people to put on an event like this, but just to get the chance to host this weekend's event, it took time to build a reputation. A reputation that started with one man. The club's founder, the late, Terry Friedman.
"Terry's dream always was to have a major golf tournament or a U.S. Open here at this golf course, and we're taking steps to get in that direction," said Steve Munch, the general manger at Victoria National.
Two years after Friedman passed away in 2004, Victoria National hosted the USGA Senior Amateur Championship.
The volunteer effort was a major reason for its success.
"Everything associated with that event set the bar for those events. And that was another factor that played into bringing this tournament to Victoria National because they knew the people here would do it right," said tournament director, Becky Kasha.
"When a community gets excited about an event that has a lot to do with bringing other events into a local community because they're going to embrace it," Munch said.
Along with the enthusiasm of the people throughout this community, it doesn't hurt to have a top-40 ranked golf course to help bring a tournament to town.
"Maybe the best way to describe it is, each hole is effectively a signature hole. There are 18 holes out there that are very dynamic. They're gorgeous in perspective, and it really was key in attracting the PGA here to host an event," said Jeff Whiteside with Evansville Sports Corporation.
So with the key elements already in place, the Evansville Sports Corporation got to work when the PGA approached last summer.
"There was a fair amount of consideration and deliberation done. Ron Romain and United Leasing responded very quickly. Contracts were firmed up late in the summer, and we were off to the races to bring the tournament here," Whiteside said.
"Between the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour, and the Nationwide Tour, there's about 100 events that go on throughout the year, and we're now one of them in Evansville. So if you think about it from that standpoint, bringing professional golf to this community is a real big deal," Munch said.
If this week's tournament ends up going smoothly, the course could host an even bigger event at some point in the future.
"We've had a tremendous response in terms of volunteers and interest, and financial support. All those same things would need to take place for a PGA Tour stop," Whiteside said.
"These folks travel around and next thing you know, the name Victoria National begins to get bantered around in competitive golf. There may be a day when we take this event to another level," Munch said.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:10:09 GMT
The National Weather Service says there is some minor damage on Grand Isle after a waterspout Wednesday afternoon. WWL-TV in New Orleans says that the Grand Isle Fire Department is reporting a powerMore >>
The National Weather Service says there is some minor damage on Grand Isle after a waterspout Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:18:30 GMT
(RNN) - Celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen was back in a controversial spotlight Wednesday, alleged of using racial slurs as jokes in her restaurants in front of employees. AccordingMore >>
Celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen was back in a controversial spotlight Wednesday, alleged of using racial slurs as jokes in her restaurants in front of employees.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:55 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:55:05 GMT
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says a man was killed after he broke into a home and was shot in the face by the homeowner.Authorities say it all started when a woman who lived on Tanglewood RoadMore >>
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says a man was killed after he broke into a home and was shot in the face by the homeowner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:39:25 GMT
We've got good news about the Ohio County toddler who authorities say swallowed a powerful ingredient used to make meth. This is a story 14 News has been keeping an eye on. That little girl, Frankee,More >>
The Facebook page, Frankee's Voice, continues to post updates on Frankee's condition. And on Monday, they gave an update that many are glad to hear.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:08:26 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Four people have been shot in an condominium complex, according to MetroSafe. MetroSafe confirmed the shooting was reported at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday in the Lakeview condominium complex,More >>
Louisville Metro Police say the victims are a juvenile girl, an adult woman and an adult man.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:17 PM EDT2013-06-20 01:17:08 GMT
Major demolition inside the old McCurdy Hotel in Downtown Evansville should begin in just a few months. The Kunkel Group plans to convert the almost 100-year-old building into high-end apartments. It'sMore >>
It's run down right now with some windows boarded up, but a little over a year from now, the old McCurdy Hotel along Riverside Drive should be restored to its former glory.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:09 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:09:53 GMT
A grassroots movement is gaining momentum in Posey and White counties on Wednesday night to get the New Harmony Bridge back open for business between Indiana and Illinois. Citizens from both sides ofMore >>
A grassroots movement is gaining momentum in Posey and White counties on Wednesday night to get the New Harmony Bridge back open for business between Indiana and Illinois.More >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A teen boy was arrested and charged with murder after his younger sister died. Detectives say he admitted practicing "WWE" moves on her, even after she said she was in pain.More >>
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Evansville, IN 47720