Danville to Permanently Host American Legion Golf Tournament

Illinois leaders of the American Legion have selected Danville to permanently host their annual state golf tournament. The announcement was made during the opening ceremony of this year’s tournament Saturday morning at Danville’s Harrison Park Golf Course. Fifty-four teams are participating this weekend at that golf course and the Turtle Run course.

Jeanie Cooke, Executive Director of the Danville Area Visitors Bureau, says the tournament is good for the area…

{AUDIO: ”It’s a lot of people in our hotels and our restaurants. So it’s a great return on the investment. But as human being, this is the most moving and wonderful event you can possibly imagine.”}

Mayor Rickey Williams, Jr. agree that the tournament is something positive….

{AUDIO: ”I think it means a couple of things. Number one: good exposure – people saying positive things about Danville. Number two: people able to come over and have a good time on our beautiful golf courses. Number three: it’s a great thing economically. And we just appreciate Mr. (Greg) Alpers and everyone who has made this possible.

A moving opening ceremony for the tournament featured color guards from American Legion Post 210 and other area Legion posts, and an honor guard consisting of Danville Police and Firefighters and Vermilion County Sheriff’s Police. American Legion Riders – and even some bagpipes – participated in the opening ceremony…

This is the eighth year that Danville has hosted the American Legion State Golf Tournament.


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