Fourth Time For The PGA In Tulsa

Monday, June 5th 2006, 9:54 am
By: News On 6

The PGA is returning to Tulsa. The top golfers will take to the greens for the Wanamaker Trophy at the 89th PGA Championship at Tulsa's Southern Hills Country Club.

The tournament will take place August 6th through 12th in 2007. Southern Hills will be the first course to host four PGA Championships; the others were in 1970, 1982 and 1994.

Tickets went on sale Monday. It's an event that's expected to pump millions of dollars into Tulsa's economy. 100 of the greatest golfers in the world will soon be gracing Tulsa greens.

News on 6 reporter Heather Lewin says hundreds of thousands of people will soon be taking in not only a great view of the Southern Hills Country Club, but catching a glimpse of golf's top players.

This will be Tulsa's fourth time to host the PGA Championship. Southern Hills is the only course able to make that claim.

I'm told just the people traveling with the tournament will need 2,400 hotel rooms a night, which is not counting all the spectators. The whole event is expected to bring about $69.5-million to the local economy.

Why did organizers choose Southern Hills? PGA tournament director Ryan Jordan: "The club loves to host major championships, the club supports it, the city supports it and the state supports it. That's why we keep coming back."

Although Oklahomans had an on-line head start, Monday was the official kick off for ticket sales. Volunteer positions are still open for the August 2007 event.