Prestigious event at Victoria National Golf Club to be contested through 2019
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The PGA TOUR and United Leasing & Finance announced today a three-year extension of the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship, contested annually at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Ind. The new agreement takes place in 2017 and runs through 2019. “In five short years, the United Leasing & Finance Championship has become one of our most prestigious events, with a wonderful title sponsor, a demanding golf course and an exuberant fan base to create a memorable week of golf,” said Web.com Tour President Bill Calfee. “Today’s announcement will further solidify the tournament footprint as we continue to work towards a strong community impact in the greater Evansville area.”
“United Leasing & Finance is excited to announce the on-going partnership with the PGA TOUR. As one of the most anticipated stops on the Web.com Tour schedule, the success from the past five years is directly associated with our strong base of community leaders and dedicated volunteers,” stated Ron Romain, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Leasing & Finance. “The financial impact and international exposure the United Leasing & Finance Championship brings to our southern Indiana region is noteworthy. In addition, we are proud to be associated with the charitable component the tournament also provides our local non-profits.”
The PGA TOUR and its tournaments continue a commitment to charity with a record $160 million generated for local charities in 2015 alone, helping the TOUR to surpass $2.3 billion in all-time charitable giving.
As part of that overall effort, the United Leasing & Finance Championship has raised more than $870,000 for local charities over the past five years, including a $270,000 effort at this year’s event, which was split up amongst several area non-profit groups. This year’s leading beneficiary was Deaconess Riley, a partnership between Deaconess Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children in nearby Indianapolis.
“This event receives tremendous community support, and today’s announcement allows us to continue to grow that in the coming years,” said Tournament Director Patrick Nichol. “Through our charitable outreach, we are able to leave a positive lasting impression in the greater Evansville area long after tournament week at Victoria National.”
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 45th in Golf Digest’s list of “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses,” has statistically played as the most difficult on Tour each of the last two years.
Since the tournament’s inception in 2012, the United Leasing & Finance Championship has put forth a stellar list of champions, including PGA TOUR winners Ben Martin (2013) and Smylie Kaufman (2015), as well as Seamus Power, who won the event’s 2016 edition before representing Ireland in the Olympic Games in August.
The win was one of three top-10s this past season for Power, who secured his 2016-17 PGA TOUR card via ninth-
place finish on the Web.com Tour’s Regular Season money list.
The 2017 United Leasing & Finance Championship will be contested the week of April 17-23, with a field of 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. All four rounds will be televised on Golf Channel.
For more information on the Web.com Tour or the United Leasing & Finance Championship, please visit www.PGATOUR.com.
ABOUT UNITED LEASING & FINANCE
Founded in 1964, United Leasing & Finance (ULF) is a division of United Companies (UC,) a privately owned corporation headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. ULF is a broad-based leasing and finance company combining asset knowledge, structuring expertise, flexibility and capital to provide business solutions to customers throughout North America, committed to finding the right financial solution for each of its clients.
In addition to United Leasing & Finance, UC is also comprised of Professional Transportation, Inc. and the Romain Automotive Group. UC has evolved into a multifaceted financial and transportation services organization with more than 3,000 corporate accounts. With over 4,500 associates, UC has direct operations in over 40 states and manages assets in all 50 states and Canada. The collective organization is a uniquely different enterprise by its customer focus, innovative financing structures, and superior service, all supported by the reputation and integrity of our people. To learn more information about ULF, visit unitedevv.com.
ABOUT THE WEB.COM TOUR
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour continues to identify those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Web.com Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Web.com Tour and the season culminating at the four-event Web.com Tour Finals. Web.com became the Tour’s umbrella sponsor on June 27, 2012, with a 10-year agreement in place through 2021. This season marks the 27th year of competition on the Web.com Tour. Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Web.com Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 425 PGA TOUR titles, including 21 majors and five PLAYERS Championships. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its Tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, has surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving. To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Web.com Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Twitter
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