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Victoria National to host Korn Ferry finale

Dormie Network welcomes Korn Ferry Tour back to Victoria National Golf Club for season-ending championship

(August 26, 2019) — The Korn Ferry Tour concludes this week at Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, with the season-ending Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. The Tour Championship’s Friday-to-Monday format (August 30-September 2) features a Labor Day finish.

Victoria National is part of Dormie Network, a portfolio of premier private destination clubs offering regional, national and corporate memberships. The network’s full-service accommodations, premium amenities and renowned courses designed by architectural legends provide a combination of best-in-class golf, with an intimate and casual retreat experience ideal for business or leisure.

One of Dormie Network’s half-dozen clubs, Victoria National previously hosted a Korn Ferry Tour regular season event from 2012-2018. Ranked among the Golf Digest “Top-100” courses in the country and lauded as, “America’s Private Retreat,” Victoria National is widely considered one of the tour’s sternest tests, with holes 14-18 providing a particularly challenging finish that promises to amp up the level of drama down the stretch during this holiday weekend.

Lanto Griffin is one of two Dormie Network ambassadors, along with Brandon Crick, who will compete in this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Griffin — who will enjoy his second trip to the PGA TOUR this fall, following a win at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship and four top-10 Korn Ferry finishes in 2019 — previously competed in the event at Victoria National two years ago.

“I went in with a lot of confidence,” Griffin recalls. “We had a full month off and I spent a lot of time working with my coach. I remember him telling me that he’s never seen me swing that well. So, my first-round 85 was pretty humbling. ‘Vic’ is brutally hard but fair, which is the best kind of course you can get. I shot 72 the second round. I’m excited to have another crack at it.”

This will be the second 2019 Korn Ferry tournament contested on a Dormie Network golf course. In late April, at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, the inaugural Dormie Network Classic was captured by PGA TOUR-bound Xinjun Zhang, one of two Korn Ferry events he has won this season.

Along with Victoria National and Briggs Ranch, the Nebraska-based Dormie Network also includes Dormie Club (Pinehurst, North Carolina), Ballyhack Golf Club (Roanoke, Virginia), ArborLinks Golf Club (Nebraska City, Nebraska) and Hidden Creek Golf Club (Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey).

Victoria National and Briggs Ranch were both designed by legendary golf course architect Tom Fazio.

“The quality of these two golf courses [is] shown [during the two Korn Ferry events],” said Fazio. “When players the caliber of the [Korn Ferry] Tour come to Briggs Ranch and Victoria National and see the golf courses — I run into these really good players who are moving on the way up, and they remind me of the quality and character of those golf courses. It’s fun to sit and listen to good players talk about them, who have experienced them through competition.”

With more than 200 golf courses around the world bearing his name, Fazio has long been counted as one of the game’s most celebrated architects. Numerous major championships on each of the professional tours have been played on golf courses Fazio designed or renovated. “It’s wonderful for me to see Briggs Ranch and Victoria National — great stories, great involvements, great memories — wonderful, fabulous golf courses,” Fazio said. “Both those golf courses were a dream for us.”

At every Dormie Network club, significant reinvestments remain ongoing. From top-to-bottom agronomy planning and implementation to entire equipment fleet upgrades, and from complete clubhouse renovations and the installation of on-course comfort stations to restaurant overhauls and the construction of on-site cottages at every single property, the clubs are quickly fulfilling their potential as ultra-high-end destination golf retreats. The golf and everything the game encompasses — from course conditions to instruction and club-fitting services — has remained Dormie Network’s focus.

At Victoria National, which Fazio designed in 1998, Dormie Network has added cottages that doubled the club’s accommodations, among other course and club enhancements.

“A program like Dormie Network, where they take existing facilities and have new young people coming in and energizing things, it’s just fabulous,” Fazio said. “To me, it’s the future. … You get new ownership, which is great. You get new blood, new energy; you get new young people and excitement.”

Learn more at www.DormieNetwork.com, or contact Dave Plaster at 402.416.1106.