The Korn Ferry Tour has announced a partnership with the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring a new tournament to the Tour’s annual schedule starting in 2020. The Lake Charles Championship will debut at The Country Club at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the week of March 23-29, 2020, with 156 players competing for a $600,000 purse. A five-year agreement is in place through 2024.
The announcement ensures the Bayou State will have two events on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour schedule, as the Chitimacha Louisiana Open presented by MISTRAS will be contested in Lafayette the week prior. Louisiana will join Tennessee, Missouri, and Illinois as the only U.S. states to host two Korn Ferry Tour events annually.
What is the Korn Ferry Tour?
Founded (1990), owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour identifies and develops those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s biggest stage. In 2013, the Korn Ferry Tour became The Path to the PGA TOUR with all 50 available PGA TOUR cards coming through the Tour. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards are reserved for the leading points earners at the end of the 24-event Regular Season. Another 25 are up for grabs at the three-event Korn Ferry Tour Finals that follow the Regular Season in August and September.
Who has participated in the past?
Three out of four PGA TOUR members are Korn Ferry Tour alumni. Tour alumni have won more than 500 PGA TOUR titles, including 24 major championships and eight PLAYERS Championships.
During the PGA TOUR’s 2018-19 season, five players from the Korn Ferry Tour’s Class of 2018 have won titles, including Cameron Champ (Sanderson Farms Championship), Adam Long (The Desert Classic), Martin Trainer (Puerto Rico Open), Max Homa (Wells Fargo Championship) and Dylan Frittelli (John Deere Classic).
Other notable PGA TOUR players who got their start on the Korn Ferry Tour include major champions Justin Thomas, Jason Day, Bubba Watson and Zach Johnson.
About the Golf Course
The Country Club at The Golden Nugget opened in 2015 and was named as the No. 2 course in Louisiana in Golfweek’s Best of 2018 issue. The course is part of the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, which will serve as host hotel and casino for tournament week. The property is a 242-acre waterfront casino resort, featuring a 22-story tower, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, more than a dozen dining and bar options, a private beach, marina, spa & salon, retail corridor, and expansive 24-hour casino floor.
What people are saying?
Korn Ferry President Alex Miller explains why the @PGATOUR developmental tour does so well in markets the size of @LakeCharlesCVB and why the Lake Charles Championship will be such a success in March 2020. @goldenuggetlc @KornFerryTour pic.twitter.com/kB0Onk7JJ2— Art Stricklin (@artstricklin) August 13, 2019
“We are excited to partner with the Lake Charles/SWLA CVB to bring PGA Korn Ferry Tour golf to this region of Louisiana,” said Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin. “I am confident our players will enjoy a tremendous week of competition at the Golden Nugget while providing local golf fans a glimpse into the future stars of the PGA TOUR.”
“The Lake Charles/SWLA CVB is proud to join the long list of successful destinations that are part of the Korn Ferry host family," said CVB President/CEO Kyle Edmiston. “We are thankful to Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Mayor Nic Hunter, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and the Golden Nugget Lake Charles for helping to make this iconic event a reality. I am positive that the Korn Ferry players and staff will enjoy the wonderful hospitality provided by our community.”
For more information on sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please contact Steve Nieman at SNieman@brunoeventteam.com.
For more information on the Lake Charles Championship, please visit www.lakecharleschampionship.com.
To learn more about the PGA TOUR, the Korn Ferry Tour and to follow the season-long quest for a PGA TOUR card, visit PGATOUR.COM, or follow the Tour on social media via Instagram (@KornFerryTour), Twitter (@KornFerryTour) and Facebook (facebook.com/KornFerryTour).
ABOUT LAKE CHARLES CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
The LC/SWLA CVB is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Calcasieu Parish, dedicated to strengthening the economic fabric of Southwest Louisiana through overnight visitation. The CVB’s staff works to showcase the best of Southwest Louisiana through marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales efforts to bring meetings, conventions, tournaments, media tours and groups to Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana.