For the Oct. 5 club program, Chaska Rotarian David Melchert introduced Chandler Withington, Hazeltine National Golf Club’s Senior Golf Professional. He provided a one-year reflection on the Ryder Cup golf match that featured the best golfers in the world from the US and Europe.
The USA beat the Europeans 17-11 to capture the Cup. Chandler provided enough quantitative results to satisfy the most analytical of us:
- Over 295,000 attended the event with 4,000 volunteers.
- $300,000 raised for local charities and $300,000 for national and regional charities from the team members.
- 35,000 pounds of food provided to local organizations.
- 80 miles of electrical and data cable and 40 satellite dishes,
- Two million square feet of tenting and flooring and 467,000 feet of fencing.
- Estimated benefit for the local economy: $135 million.
Chandler then presented slides that provided some history of golf in the USA, the Ryder Cup and images from the 2016 extravaganza. Chandler noted the instant fame of a practice round heckler from North Dakota who followed up on a dare from the European team, and attempted a 12-foot putt after Justin Rose put $100 next to the hole assuming the heckler wouldn’t make the putt. He did!
Chandler said the sportsmanship between the teams was notable, as was the tribute to Arnold Palmer who had died a few days before the match. He also specifically thanked Chief Scott Knight and his team for the incredible security planning and success. The official release of a book “First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup” by John Feinstein, will be held at Hazeltine on October 23, 6:30 – 8:30 PM. This discussion and signing is open to the public.
For more information about Hazeltine International Golf Club: www.hazeltineinternational.com.
More about the Ryder Cup: www.rydercup.com and Wikipedia has the scoring details of the 2016 event.