An official with the U.S. Senior Open said corporate sponsorships are at the highest level he’s seen, but there’s still time for businesses to get their foot in the door at the seven-day event in July at Oak Tree National.
“Edmond is showing one of the largest support bases from a corporate community that we have ever had,” said Jeff Ewing, championship director. “I am very proud of how the community has stepped up to showcase a great golf course and community.”
The event, which is expected to draw about 140,000 spectators during the seven days, will be July 7-13. Competition rounds begin July 10 and will feature Edmond’s Scott Verplank, Gil Morgan, Bob Tway and Willie Wood plus some of golf’s leading contenders including Vijay Singh. The U.S. Senior Open will field 156 competitors, whittled down from more than 2,700 golfers who are age 50 and older.
“Edmond is a good city with much corporate support,” Ewing said. “It isn’t just 13 staff members preparing for the tournament. It takes an entire community from both the public and the private sector to put this on.”
More than 2,000 volunteers have stepped up to make sure the tournament goes smoothly, and Ewing said volunteer opportunities are still available.
“It does take an entire community to put this on,” Ewing said. “All of these partners are making sure this can be as successful as possible.”
Corporate help is numbering into the hundreds of businesses with more corporate sponsors signing up each day, Ewing said.
Eskridge Lexus is one of the corporate venue sponsors this year
“Lexus is one of the sponsors of the 2014 Senior Open,” said Doug Berryhill with Lexus. “We will be providing 234 new Lexus to be used as courtesy vehicles for players and officials.
“Eskridge Lexus has a VIP Hospitality Villa on Hole 15 and we are distributing tickets for it at this time.”
Berryhill said Lexus also has a tent open to the public at the entrance of the golf course with two new car models that will be available to the public this fall.
“In 2008 we had 11 venues which were corporate sponsored and this year we have 25 venues,” Ewing said. He added there is a shared hospitality venue called the Champions Club that a business can still help sponsor.
The air conditioned villas (venues) sponsored by corporations are decorated according to the sponsoring company’s wishes. They may provide furniture, televisions, food or drinks, and they will be used for entertaining employees and clients, Ewing said. Each company will decide what type of service they want to provide and guests must have special passes to enter.
There is a Trophy Club on the 16th hole, which has a sports bar theme and attendees can upgrade their ticket to go inside.
“Our goal is to have everyone show up and enjoy a great community event for Oklahoma,” Ewing said.
TO GET your company involved call 726-9700 or to sign up to volunteer or to buy tickets go to 2014ussenioropen.com. Kids 17 and under get onto the grounds free with a ticketed adult.