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UPLACE: City missed a bet with Amateur

Letter by Greg Bodhaine, University Place on Aug. 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm with 4 Comments »
August 25, 2010 11:50 am

It is a great concern of mine at how poorly University Place marketed the U.S. Amateur Championship that is currently being held in our city. Other than a few banners on lamp posts and council discussions there has been very little mention of University Place hosting the tournament.

This was a big opportunity that was missed and hopefully will not have an effect on the final decision from the U.S. Open committee.

I was at council meetings where there was discussion from city staff about how they were in charge of the event promotion. There was also discussion of how local businesses would be involved and made part of the decisions to prepare for this event. It appears that none of the follow through of this great planning has happened.

Pierce County budgeted $276,000 for marketing the event, and it worked. The county is mentioned in nearly every article and write-up about the event. It is shameful to allow an event that could have had some great focus on our city just slip through our fingers.

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. But, by golly, we will have dogs off leash in the water at the new beach when the rail crossing bridge opens next month.
    I wonder how that happened when King County finds that dogs in the water and on the beach adds to pollution and health hazards.

  2. nonstopjoe says:

    On Golf Channel TV coverage yesterday the announcers commented several times about contestants coming to Seattle to play in the tournement.

  3. Maybe Pierce County should have budgeted 750,000 of taxpayer dollars for this monumental event.As it is, What fund did the 276,00 dollars come out of??Also, to what extent did it work?I haven,t seen or heard of the raging sucess of any golf tournement in University Place, Washington!

  4. How about UP doing something about that horrible eyesore at the 27th st. end of Grandview? That ghost town strip mall is to criminals what fly paper is to flies.

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