PGA TOUR Announces Three-Year Extension of Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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



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Youth First Named Charity of the Year Tour’s “Charity of the Year” is Youth First of Evansville.  The announcement was made at a recent PGA Tour’s Tournament meeting; but today, the non-profit was awarded again.

In addition to the recognition for their work with the United Leasing & Financing Championship held at Victoria National Golf Club, Youth First Director Parri Black was presented a check for $30,000 to help with the organizations mission.

Youth First provides social and emotional support to families in the Southern Indiana community in various ways, including offering their services to 56 area schools.  Black says this award will help them continue their vision.  “This kind of gift will help us advance our mission through the work that we do; and, I think it’s very significant because it really represents a half year of work in a school.  So, it makes a difference; big time!”

This is only the second time the Tour’s given out a Charity of the Year award, but Tour President Bill Calfee says there’s no bigger honor than this as their event focuses on charity.

The 2017 United Leasing & Financing Championship will take place April 17-23 with 156 players competing for $600,000.  More information about the tournament can be found here.

Youth First says they’re always grateful for community support and thanks the area for helping them win this award.  They have many volunteer opportunities available and welcome those interested to visit their website.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – Downtown Optimist Club

Evansville is an old city. History sings along it’s streets and byways. The Downtown Optimist Club of Evansville has long been a part of this historic song. Over two thousand Optimist Clubs exist internationally. The Downtown Club was chartered in 1921. It is the sixteenth oldest club in the world.  This April it will celebrate it’s ninety fourth anniversary.

Over the years gifts and bequests have established the club’s Downtown Optimist Club Charitable Foundation. And every year the DOC distributes gifts to numerous organizations about the tri-state whose purpose is to improve the health and welfare of children in need. Club members partner with the Salvation Army to “Ring the Bell” each year at Christmas time. And each year members’ donations to the Santa Clothes Club  are matched by a Foundation check. The DOC has a long and yet unfolding tradition of helping the children of our area. in 1940 it financed the building of one the first cabins at Camp Carson in Princeton Indiana. Each summer club members travel to Camp Carson to visit with the kids and bring yearly donations matched by Foundation funds. This past year it once again funded the building of another cabin in the camp’s five million dollar refurbishment project. Club members meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month in the Blue and Gold Room, ONB, downtown at 11:45 am. Speakers are invited to address members at each meeting. Mayors, police chiefs, city council members, doctors, lawyers, social workers and representatives from the many and varied charitable organizations about our area keep the members current with events about our city. The Club’s dedication and purpose is to do all that it can for advancement and wellbeing of the children in our area so that their voices can sing and be heard far into the future.

Support the Golf Gives Back Program. Purchase tickets at Learn more about the Downtown Optimists of Evansville at

United Fidelity Hole In One Shootout

Hole In One Shootout 2015

The United Fidelity Hole In One Shootout to benefit Evansville Junior Golf Association will take place following completion of the 3rd round of play of the United Leasing & Finance Championship on the 18th hole at Victoria National Golf Club. Twenty individuals from five local qualification sites will have the opportunity to hit one shot from the fairway, 165 yards  to the 18th pin to make a hole in one and win a 2015 Cadillac Escalade courtesy of Romain Cadillac. Consolation prizes for closest to the pin will be provided by Brinker’s Jewelers and Victoria National Golf Club. All proceeds from the United Fidelity Hole In One Shootout will benefit Evansville Junior Golf Association through the Old National Golf Gives Back program.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – Chemo Buddies

​Chemo Buddies is a grassroots non profit organization that provides a group of dedicated volunteers who serve cancer patients while they are in the treatment room receiving chemotherapy. Chemo is time consuming — it can take up to 8 hours — and this leaves many patients without their normal support person or family. The Chemo Buddies volunteers serve as companions for patients, and help with snacks, books, games, blankets and the kind of hospitality you would hope to receive if you were visiting someone’s home.

Currently, Chemo Buddies serve patients at OHA, Deaconess (downtown) and at the Chancellor Center for Oncology and will serve over 18,000 patients in 2015.

As a local organization, 100% of your donation will be used to help patients right here in our community, so please buy your ULC Golf Ticket now, and select Chemo Buddies as your charity!

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – Wish Upon a Star

In 1985, Carolyn Pfaffmann was working in Evansville, Indiana and was called upon to help a terminally ill child who wanted to go to Walt Disney World.  She reached out to her friend Carl Wallace and her community to help her accomplish this.  The overwhelming support and love that they received inspired Carolyn and Carl to co-found Wish Upon A Star, Inc. in 1985 in Evansville, Indiana.  They began to grant wishes to local children in Southeastern Illinois, Southwestern Indiana, and Western Kentucky between the ages of 3 and 18 who are suffering terminal or life-threatening illnesses.  Their focus was to help these tri-state children and their families fulfill what could possibly be these kids’ last wishes.  In keeping this organization solely local, with most monies being donated locally, it ensured that wishes would be granted in a timely manner and no wish would be turned away for monetary reasons.  To date, Wish Upon A Star, Inc. has blessed over 240 children with a wish in our community.

It is humbling to learn about Wish Upon A Star, Inc. and the truly remarkable people who began this organization and lead it still today.  What a gift to have such a valuable resource for these children who are suffering and their families.  During the time when a family can be faced with overwhelming burdens of caring for their child, this organization can bring such tremendous joy into that child’s heart with just a simple wish.

Wish Upon A Star, Inc. is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.  Visit their website or give them a call at (812) 425-9474 to see how you can help them continue to make wishes come true for our tri-state children.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – EVSC Foundation

Today, our charity spotlight focuses on the EVSC Foundation. Take a moment to read about this amazing charity!

The EVSC Foundation is a proud participant of the Old National Bank Golf Gives Back program that allows us to sell weekly grounds passes to the tournament and keep the proceeds!  When purchasing your $35 tickets, we hope you will select the EVSC Foundation from the drop down menu of the many non-profit organizations benefiting from this program!

Through its fundraising efforts, the EVSC Foundation made it possible in 2014 to make the following investments in EVSC schools that would otherwise be unavailable:

  • Scoreboard Sponsorship funding distribution to the five high schools with each school receiving $31,870 for a total distribution of $159,354 that directly benefitted the students in those schools.
  • The Jerry Hoover Campaign which provided $50,630 to North High School for the benefit of the Performing Arts Center.
  • The investment of over $40,000 was made by the EVSC Foundation through the Jon Michael Siau Art Gallery Fund to benefit visual arts’ students at Harper School, North High School’s Visual Arts Department, the annual Jon Siau Scholarship, and the support for students’ academic needs at various schools.
  • The EVSC Foundation’s Harrison High School Capital Campaign provided $221,490!  These investments were for shot-put field renovations, the purchase of athletic washing machines, and architect and construction fees for Phase III of the sport’s complex campaign.
  • The EVSC Foundation paid ProRehab $31,585 to provide athletic training coverage services for the five high schools that would otherwise be unavailable.
  • Through its fundraising efforts, the EVSC Foundation funded $12,266 to Adler Companies for the infield renovations and improvements to Bosse Field.
  • The EVSC Foundation provided $16,500 in scholarships!
  • In partnership with the Evansville Club Printing House Craftsman, the EVSC Foundation provided $36,640 for a new marquee at EVSC’s Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center.
  • In partnership with the Hamman Foundation, the EVSC Foundation distributed $70,088 to 37 schools for the benefit of at-risk students.
  • The EVSC Foundation was proud to invest $11,674 so Delaware School could have an additional school day.
  • The EVSC Foundation provided $5,000 in support of St. Mary’s Mobile Dental Clinic.
  • Through the Jacob Ball Wish Grants, the EVSC Foundation distributed $1,607 for special education programs in the schools.

Please choose the EVSC Foundation as your non-profit to support! Thank you for your consideration!

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – Gilda’s Club Evansville


Today’s Old National Bank Golf Give Back Charity Spotlight features Gildas Club Evansville. If you are buying tickets for to the 2015 United Leasing & Finance Championship, read below and consider donating your proceeds to this worthwhile charity:

When cancer happens, it happens to the whole family and their support system.  Gilda’s Club Evansville offers support for anyone affected by cancer…for the one diagnosed with cancer as well as their family and friends.  At Gilda’s Club, you will feel understood and informed through a variety of workshops, classes, groups, and activities in a non-residential, home-like setting – all FREE of charge.

Whether you are in the midst of treatment, managing a reoccurrence, facing end of life, grieving a loss, finishing treatment, or are a multi-year survivor…anytime is the right time to walk through their red door.  Men, women, teens and children – all are encouraged to become part of their ever expanding circle of friends.

Want to know more about Gilda’s Club Evansville? There are several ways to do so:

  • Walk through the red door for a tour and enjoy  a cup of their Giddy Up & Go coffee
  • Visit their website at  and check out stories from members
  • Become a volunteer and help make a difference in the lives of individuals impacted by cancer
  • Like their Facebook page – and keep up to date on the latest happenings at the clubhouse
  • Buy a ULC Golf Ticket and select Gilda’s Club Evansville as your charity of choice

Gilda’s Club is a community of support for anyone living with cancer and their family and friends. They are open so that no one faces cancer alone.

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight – The Boys & Girls Club of Evansville

The Boys & Girls Club of Evansville has been serving youth in the community for 58 years. With two Evansville locations and providing educational programs and services to over 2,000 youth annually, the Boys & Girls Club needs you to support the 2015 United Leasing & Finance Championship by purchasing your $35 weekly pass and selecting the Boys & Girls Club as your charity of choice. The proceeds from your ticket purchase(s) will enable the Boys & Girls Club to continue to provide after-school homework help, financial literacy, cooking classes, physical activities, educational guidance and overall, will continue to provide greater futures for our youth.

With a yearly $10 membership fee, the Boys & Girls Club provides fun, education, food, field trips, access to community partners and a safe/positive environment. Thank you for purchasing your $35 weekly pass and supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville, where GREAT FUTURES begin!

Old National Bank Golf Gives Back Charity Spotlight

The Evansville Emergency Food Pantry Consortium, Inc. is a group of seven emergency food pantries manned by volunteers and located throughout the city of Evansville, Indiana. The pantries provide nutritious food products that the clients use to prepare nine meals for their families.  Low income clients may reapply every 30 days for food.  The pantries of the Consortium are the lifeline after SNAP (food stamps) and other programs have been exhausted.  In 2014, over 42,000 hungry men, women and children were provided nutritious food through the pantries of the Consortium.
If you plan to purchase tickets to the United Leasing & Finance Golf Championship, please consider donating your ticket revenue to The Evansville Emergency Food Pantry Consortium, Inc.
Additional donations may be made to the Consortium at: P.O. Box 2536,Evansville,IN 47728.