As the falling leaves make it increasingly more difficult to find your ball in the middle of the fairway and the PGA Tour approaches its “Silly Season” with its made-for-TV events, now is a good time to look ahead to 2012 and what it holds in store for golf in Indiana. The headline is professional golf. The Nationwide Tour adds a new event to be held in the Hoosier state and the PGA Tour returns to Indiana for the first time in more than 20 years.
The last time Indiana hosted a PGA Tour event was the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, famously won by the 9th alternate, John Daly. Now 21 years (and three Daly wives) later, Crooked Stick will once again host the PGA Tour with the 2012 BMW Championship, September 3-9. The BMW Championship is one of four tournaments that comprise the FedEx Cup playoffs. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.BMWTickets.com/2012 or by calling 847-724-4600.
The Nationwide Tour has announced that it will add an event to its schedule starting in 2012 to be played at Victoria National Golf Club in Evansville June 28-July 1. A three-year agreement has been signed for the United Leasing Championship, which will feature 156 players and a total purse of $550,000. Victoria National is a Tom Fazio design and ranks 35th on Golf Digest’s latest list of America’s 100 Best Golf Courses, the highest ranked course in Indiana. To see the other Indiana golf courses that made that list, go to the News Page at IndianaGolfOnline.com.