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The Korn Ferry Tour Championship officially teed off today as the pro-am tournament began, and this tournament brings with it millions of dollars in economic impact.
It’s been two years since this golf tournament last had spectators. 2019 brought almost 30,000 Victoria National to watch some of the best golfers in the world, and after a year with no spectators in 2020, korn ferry officials are excited to bring back a normal tournament that will see thousands from outside of the area come here to Warrick County.
“From when USI did a study a couple of years ago, I’ve heard we bring in between $10 and $12 million on an annual basis, which is really significant for this area," said Patrick Nichol, executive touranment director. "We’re really excited for what’s going to happen here.”
And after more than 18 months of almost no big events happening in our tri-state, local businesses are excited to have one that will bring people from all over the country.
Clifton Duckworth - GM - Ghost Quesadilla
“We’re extremely excited." said Clifton Duckworth, general manager of Ghost Quesadilla in Newburgh. "We look forward to the business. We’re definitely looking forward to everybody coming in.”
Officials at the tournament say ticket sales have been great so far, and they expect nearly 30,000 people to come to this years tournament again.
The pro-am tournament wrapped up for the day, beating out the incliment weather. Tuesday brings with it the second and final day of the pro-am event.