The countdown to the Ryder Cup begins! To celebrate “one year to go” United States Captain Davis Love III and European Captain Darren Clarke were welcomed by Mayor Mark Windschitl of Chaska (far left) and Mayor Gene Winstead of Bloomington (far right).
Volume 8, Issue 33, October 1, 2015
RYDER CUP EVENTS BEGIN TO RIDE INTO TOWN
This week marks the one year milestone in preparation for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course the last week of September 2016. The Ryder Cup is the third largest sporting event in the world for spectators. It brings together the best golfers from America and Europe in competition match play. The event attracts approximately 700 million viewers each year. This is nearly three times more than the viewership for the Super Bowl, which is typically between 125-150 million viewers.
The PGA hosted a number of events this past week to mark this one year milestone. The Captains from the European and American teams were welcomed into the Twin Cities and Chaska. Captains, Davis Love III from the United States and Darren Clarke from Northern Ireland, not only played the course at Hazeltine, but they also took questions from the media and participated in celebrations to get people into the spirit of the event.
On Monday, September 28th
, Mayor Windschitl and representatives from the City of Chaska were able to participate in two events to welcome the Captains into the State of Minnesota.
The first event was a breakfast hosted by Governor Mark Dayton on the top floor of the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis. Governor Dayton welcomed the Captains, PGA officials, and European representatives into the State.
The second event, which was held that same evening, was at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Golf Channel personality, David Feherty, of “Feherty Live” was on hand to tape his show in front of the live audience. The show included questions and answers with the Ryder Cup Captains and talked about their preparations and strategies for the upcoming year. The show also included a live performance by Nate Ruess, from the band, Fun.
On Tuesday, September 29th
, the PGA hosted a media day at Hazeltine where local and national media personnel were able to interview the Captains and take a tour of the golf course to better understand the layout of the course.
Finally, corporations who have purchased hospitality suites as part of the Ryder event, were in town to review the options available for the chalets and begin planning for their participation in the event.
While these events have been going on, the City of Chaska has also been installing street banners which will be flown from now until the Ryder Cup. The banners will welcome people to the City of Chaska and create a spirit of excitement in the community about the event.
Over the next year, the City will be working with the PGA to continue to plan for the event, with such activities as security, site utilities, and viewer parties for Chaska residents.
With the sign up for the Ryder ticket lottery now closed, the PGA will now go through the process of randomly selecting people who can purchase ticket packages to the event.
While the City of Chaska has been host to other major golf tournaments, including the US Open, PGA Championship, and US Amateur, the Ryder is particularly special and the City is very excited to help host the event. We encourage residents to take advantage of the opportunities available throughout the year to experience this once in a lifetime event, as it is likely this particular event may never come back to Hazeltine again.
Questions about the Ryder Cup may be directed to the Chaska City Administrator, Matt Podhradsky, at Matt@chaskamn.com