The Edmond Sun

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July 14, 2014

Oak Tree National ready for future golf events

USGA reports 107,000 Senior Open ticket sales

EDMOND — The president and COO of Oak Tree National says he’s ready to host a PGA championship.

Oak Tree National President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Jones  said during the U.S. Senior Open tournament that concluded Sunday night, players including Vijay Singh told him they think the course is ready right now for a PGA championship.

“We would definitely like to host another major championship,” Jones said Monday, less than 24 hours after the U.S. Senior Open came to successful conclusion.

Jones praised the work of the course maintenance team headed by Superintendent Josh Cook aided by 15 superintendents from courses across the state who volunteered to assist in readying Oak Tree National for the seven-day tournament won by Scotsman Colin Montgomerie.

Mayor Charles Lamb said he posted on Facebook that “Edmond shined this week,” and others are echoing his words.

Mid-day Monday, Lamb said he received early information from the USGA, parent organization for the U.S. Senior Open, that 107,000 tickets were sold for the event, which started July 7 and concluded Sunday evening.

The USGA estimated 120,000 spectators would visit Oak Tree National for the Monday-Sunday event; the original projection was for more than 140,000. USGA officials predicted a more than $15 million economic impact to Edmond and the metro area.

Since Colin Montgomerie received the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy, Lamb said the tenor of his conversations with others have been similar.

“What I’ve heard as all been positive,” Lamb said.

Personnel were at work Monday morning picking up trash and tearing down infrastructure near the club house, Jones said. The course is playable now. Sponsors were getting to play the course. But tearing down all infrastructure will be a four-week process, Jones said.

Jones had high praise for all of the local support and he said the USGA staff was top-notch.

Edmond Economic Development Authority Executive Director Janet Yowell praised the efforts of the many individuals who served on various tournament-related committees. Her praise included the positive results due to public safety efforts by agencies including the Edmond Police Department, which dedicated many personnel and a lot of manhours.

Heat-related concerns were the main worry, and personnel responded to related calls during the week including seven heat exposure calls Sunday, according to the city’s incident log.

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