'Reviving a tournament in Indiana after almost two decades is a key element to achieve the Tour's long-term goals for the schedule,' stated Zayra F. Calderon, president and chief executive officer of the FUTURES Tour. 'The addition of Merrillville located in Lake County is a perfect fit for our schedule, geographically and strategically. Our tournaments are centered around the communities in which we play and we are confident that the entire Lake County area will embrace the Tour and will work tirelessly to turn this into a marquee event for years to come. In addition, we will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to the local economy and enhance the lifestyle of the residents.'
The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau has agreed to act as the tournament organizing entity and will be responsible for selling sponsorships, securing local media coverage, and volunteers.
James Tsismanakis, president and chief executive officer of the Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said, 'The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau is extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to host the FUTURES Tour's Chicagoland stop. A prestigious event such as this will give us the chance to showcase Lake County and Northwest Indiana on a national scale and it offers the groundwork to feature our abilities to host, sponsor and run an event of this magnitude.'
The last time the FUTURES Tour played a tournament in Indiana was in 1985 at the $15,000 Dave Mason Golf Classic at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Indianapolis. This year's venue was built in 1919 and is a par-71 layout designed by William B. Langford. 'The participants of the FUTURES Tour will not only find the course at Innsbrook challenging and fun, but unique for Lake County,' stated Thomas G. Crowel, president of Innsbrook Country Club. 'Combined with its shaded fairways of almost every species of trees native to Indiana along with streams, wildlife and natural landscape, we are sure that these future LPGA stars will enjoy the layout. We invite everyone, golfers and non-golfers alike to come and watch this prestigious event and experience the beauty and hospitality of Innsbrook Country Club.'
Calderon added, 'We could not have asked for better partners than the Lake County Conventions and Visitors Bureau, its members, and the entire staff at Innsbrook Country Club. Their combined support and enthusiasm will allow us to present a first-class event to Lake County this year and many more in the future.'