Evansville ARC Hole In One Shootout!

(Evansville, IN – June 26, 2014) The Evansville ARC Hole In One Shootout will take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Victoria National Golf Club immediately following the United Leasing Championship Tournament play at approximately 5 p.m. This is a first-time event to benefit Evansville ARC. Nineteen qualifying participants will have one shot to make a hole in one and win a 2015 Cadillac Escalade from Romain Cross Pointe Auto Park.

To qualify for the shootout, golfers had to participate in one of the ten qualifying events that took place at local golf courses during the past four Saturdays leading up to the United Leasing Championship. The top two golfers closest to the pin at each qualifier advanced to the final shootout scheduled for Saturday. Any golfer making a hole in one will win a 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Consolation prizes, including a 55” Samsung TV from King’s and a French Lick Resort Package, will be awarded to the two players closest to the pin that do no make a hole in one.

About Evansville ARC

Evansville ARC is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to advance the value of and respect for all individuals with disabilities by providing opportunities for development, employment, and independence. Founded in 1954 by a group of parents frustrated with the lack of services for their children with disabilities, the organization has become a leading advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Innovative services range from training and supports for employment, transition services from high school to adult life, volunteer opportunities in the community, and the development of life skills, in addition to an inclusive child care center for children with and without disabilities. www.evansvillearc.org

Old National Bank Youth Clinic

Kids pick up some golf tips from the pros at United Leasing’s youth clinic

Lone golf cart on driving range becomes a target

  • By Jessica Wray
  • http://www.courierpress.com/news/2014/jun/24/united-leasing-clinic/

Peyton Blackard has been playing golf since he was about 2 years old, but for his eighth birthday on Tuesday, he got a special surprise.

Peyton’s mom and dad took him to the youth clinic at Victoria National Golf Club — where he was able to use a professional’s club — and had the chance to show off his own skills to professional golfer Brett Stegmaier.

“I like putting because the greens are kind of fast and kind of slow,” he said. “I really like to play with my family.”

Stegmaier and the other pros leading the youth clinic, Andres Gonzales and Adam Hadwin, are playing in the United Leasing Championship. Tournament play begins Thursday, with the kids’ clinic and charity event “Stuff A Caddy,” which is a school supply drive, kicking off the main event.

The pros demonstrated for clinic participants long drives and — after some encouragement by the students — target hitting.

A lone cart on the driving range, picking up the stray golf balls, became the elusive target. And amid cheering and shouting, Hadwin was the first to hit the cart. The pros also signed autographs, posed for pictures and answered questions about golf and playing professionally.

Peyton, who is from Fort Branch, Indiana, wants to play professionally someday. He shot a 64 to win the boys 6- and 7-year-old division in the Pepsi Titan Little People’s Championship earlier this month at Quincy, Illinois.

About 180 youths from the Evansville YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club and the Evansville Junior Golf Association participated in Tuesday’s clinic.

Adam Feller, 7, said it was fun to see the professionals compete to see who could hit the cart first. Feller attended the clinic with his father, Mike Feller, who also plays golf.

He said he wanted to teach Adam and his son Ryan Feller, 9, to play golf because “it’s an individual sport they could play for the rest of their lives, and it’s fun.”

“I thought Adam would enjoy the clinic and get a tip or two from some of the professionals,” he said.

Mike Harper, the executive director of the Evansville Junior Golf Association, said this was the second year for his students to attend the youth clinic.

“This is amazing,” Harper said. “This is a learning experience the kids will never forget.”

“Photos provided by Kenneth May Photography”

He said his students range in age from 5 and 6 year olds to high school students.

The clinic, he said, is a great opportunity for young golfers who are interested in the sport and want to learn more.

“They were excited. They got to have a pro work with them,” he said. “There’s not a lot of opportunities for them to do things like this.”

In addition to lunch, the students received caps — which many of the students got signed by one of the three professionals.

Aly Kissel, a head counselor with the YMCA Evansville’s Downtown branch, said they brought their 9- and 10-year-old students to the clinic, which was something different from their daily activities. Kissel’s YMCA student group normally ranges from ages 5 to 10 — but the youth clinic was a chance for the older students to take a field trip.

“They were pretty excited,” she said. “They thought the long drives were really cool.”

Patrick Nichol, the tournament director for the United Leasing Championship, said youth clinics and other programs for children are a great way to get children interested in the sport.

“That’s the future of our game,” Nichol said. “I mean, we’re all wanting to grow the game of golf. And through the tour programs with First Tee and kids’ clinics that are held at events all over the country on all three tours, this is a way to get young kids interested in golf, let them see professionals and hopefully it will become a lifelong sport for them.”

Nichol said the professionals really enjoy working with the students.

“This is the most kids we’ve ever had at a kids’ clinic. We’ve set a record in ticket sales this year, and we’ve set a record in business sales,” Nichol said. “So we’re all looking forward to a good weekend out here.”

The tournament has a field of 156 golfers this year, with nearly 500 volunteers working the week of events.

“I’m looking forward to having good crowds,” Nichol said, “and for the business community coming out here and enjoying great golf and seeing the stars of tomorrow here today.”

The Web.com Tour Wives, Youth First and the United Leasing Championship will be sponsoring “Stuff A Caddy,” a charity event to collect school supplies for children in need.

The organizations will be set up in the Newburgh Walmart parking lot from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday. All items donated will help Youth First provide school supplies and classroom materials. There will be two Cadillac SUVs in the parking lot for those donating to “stuff” with school supplies.

Old National Bank also sponsors another component to the tournament, the Golf Gives Back program.

The program allows charities to sell weekly grounds passes to the golf tournament and keep the money. Grounds passes are $35 and must be bought online for the charities to receive the funds. There are around 110 local and area charities those buying tickets can choose from.

For more information on tickets, go to ulcgolf.com and click on “Golf Gives Back.”

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Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight

St. Clement Church is the Catholic Church at 422 E. Sycamore Street in Boonville, IN. The Parish provides for the spiritual, educational and material needs of the Catholic community in Boonville, IN and surrounding area through the Sacraments, Religious Education, Soup Kitchen, and various other programs. Our doors are open to people of any denomination.

The former church building provided the Parish a worship space for about 125 years. Becoming too small and too many needed repairs, a new church building was constructed and dedicated in 2010.

Through the many sacrifices and work of the parishioners, St. Clement is providing the funds to pay for this construction.

The United Leasing Golf Championship is a wonderful opportunity and charity for the Parish to work for these needed funds to pay for this construction, so the spiritual needs of the Parish can be met. We thank you for choosing St. Clement as your charity.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) 

A sophomore at a rural high school in Southwest Indiana, the young girl didn’t have a plan for her life at the start of the last school year. She just wanted a job she could “live off of.” Just staying in school was an enormous challenge.  Life isn’t easy for her.

But by the end of the year, she had decided she wants to graduate from high school, go to college and become a writer. The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program in her school gave her the support and guidance she needed to find a career goal.

The JAG program provides services to young adults to help them get a high school diploma or equivalent secure a quality entry-level job or pursue post-secondary education that leads to advancement in their career field.

The future author is responsible for the care of her seven younger siblings while her mother and step-father work.  Her parents are not supportive of her school activities. She and her closest siblings have a 30-minute walk to and from school each day. The sound of her parents’ arguments often keeps her awake through the night. She goes to school tired, but she works hard. The family moved three times in the last school year.

The JAG participants all face obstacles that could prevent them from graduating from high school, going on to college or finding a job with a self-sufficient wage.

JAG is a state-based, national non-profit organization within the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD).  In Vanderburgh, Posey, Pike, Perry, Gibson, Knox, Warrick, Spencer and Dubois counties, the program is administered within the WorkOne system.

Please select Grow Southwest Indiana Workforce to help youth that need a little help to succeed.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight


For 17 years, a group of volunteers has helped Castle High School seniors go off to college or vocational school with scholarships ranging from $300 to $2,000.

The class of 2014 at Castle will continue to benefit, but through a new name.  The organization previously known as the Castle High School chapter of ‘Dollars for Scholars’ is now the ‘Castle High School Senior Scholarship Fund.’  Thanks to being one of the United Leasing Championship’s designated charities, an additional $300 scholarship is now available to a graduating senior at Castle High School.

More than 1,000 scholarships totaling $384,000 have been awarded to Castle seniors since 1997.  Last May, 84 members of the class of 2013 received scholarships worth more than $38,000.  Most of the donations come from the Newburgh community and local businesses.  As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, contributions to the Senior Scholarship Fund are fully deductible.  Those who contribute $300 or more annually have the option of naming their scholarship and presenting it directly to the recipient at Senior Awards Night in May.

All Castle seniors who are planning to pursue post-secondary education are eligible to apply for the scholarships.  An independent group ranks the applicants based on school activities, community service, employment, recommendations, grades and test scores.  Those ranking the applications do not see the names of students who are applying.

“We want everyone to know that while the name has changed, our mission is the same,” according to Castle Principal Andy Byers.  “The Senior Scholarship Fund is unique because it allows us to honor a large number of seniors, all of whom have excelled in the classroom, in community service and through extracurricular activities.”

United Leasing Championship continues growing in third year

Posted in  on Thursday, June 19, 2014 9:15 am.

Corey Woolsey



Crowds will soon assemble once again at Victoria National Golf Club for the third annual Web.com Tour United Leasing Championship.

Tournament week begins Monday, June 23 and wraps up Sunday, June 29.

The opening round of the tournament will begin on Thursday, June 26.

Last year the championship ended in dramatic fashion, with Ben Martin winning on a four-way sudden death playoff at the 18th hole.

Martin bested the three other players, with a four-stroke par on the hole and finishing the tournament at -11.

Peter Tomasulo won the inaguaral event, also in a playoff and finishing at -11 as well.

The director of the Championship, Patrick Nichol, says that the event and venue are always well received by the competitors.

“Victoria National has been a great host and venue,” said Nichol. “It is one of the more challenging courses on the Web.com tour and it has been very well received by the players.”

This year there will be 156 players in the field competing for the championship, and some of the notable names include Jason Gore, Billy Mayfair, Vaughn Taylor and Brett Wetterich, who were both former Ryder Cup teammates in 2006 with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

In 2007, Taylor tied for 10th place in the Masters. Mayfair is a PGA veteran with multiple top 10 finishes in the major championships. But more importantly, according to Nichol, is the up and coming golfers on the tour.

“The real key to this event are who the next stars on the PGA Tour are going to be,” said Nichol. “Not many would have wagered that Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner would be major champions.”

“Not too far down the road someone who will have played in this event will become a major champion,” added Nichol. “And more than likely, one group in this community will have played with him in the pro-am.”

With the event still being fairly new, there are still ways to improve it. One crucial way is the business to business opportunities.

“This event gives businesses a great environment to entertain their customers at one of the finest clubs in America,” said Nichol. “The ability to entertain and provide access to this type of club and environment is a real positive for the tournament and the greater Evansville community.”

The event has seen good growth in corporate support since the first year.

Ultimately, the most important thing is the championship itself, and the Web.com tour is a very competitive group of players.

“The tour is designed to promote competitiveness,” said Nichol. “It would not surprise me to see another playoff this year.”

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight

Evansville Police Department Foundation

The Evansville Police Department Foundation was established 5 years ago with the goal of meeting needs in the police department beyond what could be provided by the city budget.  The four main areas of emphasis are:

  • Providing additional training
  • Providing additional equipment
  • Providing college scholarships for children/ grandchildren of employees
  •  Providing emergency financial support for employees going through a personal crisis, such as illness or catastrophe

One of the pieces of equipment the foundation has provided for all of the police officers is the combat tourniquet.  Many times, officers are the first to arrive on the scene of serious injuries when seconds count.  The tourniquets were purchased through donations to the Foundation.  The officers were trained in their use and all officers are now carrying them on duty.  There have been several times that these tourniquets have been used by officers and credited with saving lives.  In one incident a young girl was involved in a serious injury traffic accident.  Officers Kyle Thiry and Peter DeYoung were the first emergency personnel to arrive on the scene.  They quickly recognized the need for the tourniquet to stop the severe bleeding of the young girl.  They applied the tourniquet and stopped the bleeding before the ambulance arrived.  It was discovered that this young girl had 2 severed arteries.  Medical personnel credited the quick application of the tourniquet with saving her life.  The foundation has since purchased combat first aid kits for all uniform officers, that includes the tourniquet, as well as other medical equipment to aid in treatment and lifesaving.

The Evansville Police Department is a non-profit 501C3 and can only provide this type of service to the Evansville community through the generous donations of individuals, organizations and businesses.  Please purchase your United Leasing Championship Golf tournament passes and support the EPD Foundation while enjoying some great golf!

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight

YWCA of Evansville

“I don’t know what I would have done without the YWCA.”—Jamie Pate, former YW client.

These comments are heard time and again at this Evansville organization, which serves women and girls who are facing pivotal moments in their lives.

With over a century of service, the YWCA is woven into the fabric of our community.  The thread started in 1911, when the YWCA opened its doors with clean, safe and affordable housing for women who were working in the mills and shipyards in our town.  Over the years, the YW has altered its programs to meet the changing needs of local women, always with the underlying mission of offering a safe haven and informational services.

Today, YW clients represent some of the most vulnerable members of our community.  From domestic violence survivors to school-aged girls with little hope for the future; from women overcoming the challenges of substance abuse to those who have nowhere to turn for a warm bed—the YWCA is a source of comfort, resources and hope.  Many of their programs are unduplicated in our area.  With help from the YW, these individuals can face the future with renewed spirit and the tools they need to turn their lives around.

Designating the YWCA as your charity of choice with your United Leasing Championship ticket will ensure that clients can continue to count on this exceptional agency for life-changing services.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight

When families are in crisis, when children are at high risk for abuse and neglect or when children are removed from unsafe homes, do you know where they go?

In Indiana, there is only one crisis child care center that can take in children between 6-weeks and 6-years old. Ark Crisis Child Care Center is the only center of its kind in the state, and it’s located in Evansville’s near-downtown area.

Ark works closely with the domestic violence and homeless shelters to make sure the children who are staying in shelters have a safe place to go when their parents are going to court, looking for homes and jobs, attending counseling and simply trying to put their lives back together. Ark cares for children when their parents have nowhere else to turn. While many of the families seeking help at Ark live in poverty, there are no income restrictions. Any family can ask for Ark’s help.

Ark is open year-round, Monday-Friday and sees more than 1600 children each year. All services are free, including diapers, wipes, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Ark provides Christmas gifts for children and operates a clothing bank to make sure the children have clothing, coats, hats, gloves and shoes as needed.

Ark relies on the generosity of the community to keep its doors open. Without your help, Ark couldn’t provide a safe haven to children each day.

The next time you hear about children who were living in a home where a meth lab was busted by police, the next time you hear about a grandparent who is taking care of her grandchildren because the mom went to jail for drugs, the next time you hear about a single mom who needs a place for her children so she can find a job- think about Ark Crisis Child Care Center. Ark is the only crisis care center that can help children in these situations- and Ark can’t do it without you…Purchase your tickets to the United Leasing Championship today!

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight


For 57 years the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. The Boys & Girls Club of Evansville actively seeks to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies have had difficulty in reaching. With over 2,100 Club members and various collaborations within the community; the Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to ensuring youngsters have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures.

We encourage you to join us and the Boys & Girls Club by purchasing your United Leasing Championship tickets at www.ulcgolf.com. With the innovative Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Program you can choose the Boys & Girls Club as the recipient of your $35 ticket purchase. Tickets are available until June 22 and for additional information contact Shanna at 812.425.2311.

With an annual membership fee of $10, youngsters are provided with healthy snacks daily, physical and recreational activities, educational assistance and pay no additional fee for special trips (Holiday World, Otters Games, etc.) and team sports. The Boys & Girls Club provides two units in Evansville and operates two school extension sites at Evans and Cedar Hall.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club is to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as caring, productive, responsible citizens. They are the positive place for kids and continue to be a great influence in the lives of thousands of youth.