There were very few things to do outdoors before the reopening process began in Indiana, but one activity that was deemed essential was golf.
"Being able to get outside during those few months that we were quarantined and stuck in our homes, that was a real opportunity," said KFTC Tournament Director Laureen Cates. "We'll see that trend continue hopefully through the fall, because if there's an opportunity you can do golf. Whether it's younger or older, you can maintain that social distance and you do get to enjoy the outside."
Local golf club managers have seen an uptick in the number of golfers wanting to get out and hit the courses, which they attribute to the Coronavirus pandemic.
"At the local, state, and national level everyone I've talked to throughout the business, golf rounds are up big time," said Victoria National GC Assistant Professional Alex Meyer. "I mean outdoors, enjoying time with friends, golf is already somewhat of a naturally social distanced sport, and people just wanted to get outside."
"All of my colleagues are thrilled with the ability to host all of the extra traffic they've been getting," said Victoria National GC General Manager Ron Philo. "The game of golf again is something you can do outside. You don't need any other players but even when you're sharing it and enjoying it which is what we all love to do so much, we have acres and acres to enjoy and to stay walking down the fairway 6 feet apart is not a challenging thing."
The tournament will conclude on Sunday, but that isn't stopping club and tournament officials from working to continue growing the sport.
"We are live on the Golf Channel Thursday through Sunday of this week so our fans can still tune in and watch that coverage each day," said Cates. "The wonderful news outlets like yourself are out here and covering the tournament and pre-tournament, making sure that the public and everyone in this area is trying to stay up to date on what's happening out here."