Tri-State businesses hope for economic boost from Korn Ferry Tour Championship

Published: Aug. 29, 2021 at 3:46 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 30, 2021 at 12:27 AM CDT
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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WFIE) - The Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance tees off this week at Victoria National Golf Course in Newburgh.

Golf professionals were expected to arrive in the area either Sunday night or early Monday morning.

“The tournament as a whole is in its 10th year here in the Tri-State, and we are so excited to have it back in full force,” Laureen Cates, tournament director of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship said.

Cates says the Korn Ferry Tour Championship is much more than just a golf tournament since the event provides a huge economic boost for the surrounding area.

“The economic impact that this event - the players, PGA Tour officials, all of our fans and spectators - that they bring to the area is just incredible,” Cates said. “Staying in our hotels, dining in our restaurants, buying things at our convenience stores, filling their gas tanks at those same convenience stores. All of those things bring dollars into our community that without this event we wouldn’t otherwise see.”

One of those restaurants includes Prime Time Pub and Grill in Newburgh, where owner David Parker says the extra boost in customers is always welcome.

“We’re really excited to have extra people coming into the community,” Parker said. “I think as a small business owner, any time you can have additional traffic and the opportunity to have additional sales, that’s a great thing.”

The first of two pro-ams are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, while a practice day for the golfers is slated on Wednesday.

This all leads up to this year’s tournament competition, which is set to take place Thursday through Sunday.

Spectators this week might get the chance to see Prime Time on wheels

“The food truck, we just got it in,” Parker said. “We’re starting to get it scheduled out for all different kinds of events. Our first big one will be out at the Korn Ferry this next weekend.”

Tournament organizers say they have had a pretty trying time this past week setting up for the event due to recent high temperatures.

The PGA Tour sends a meteorologist to the course, and every day they assess the weather patterns to make sure all officials, players and spectators are safe throughout the tournament.

The 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Championship will begin Thursday morning with gates opening at 7:30 a.m.

For those interested in purchasing tickets to this year’s tournament, click here.

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