I don’t know what the economic impact of the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay is supposed to eventually be in Pierce County, but I witnessed a little piece of it on Monday.
I had the day off and was at Fred Meyer in University Place. In walks a young man whose be-logo’d apparel was a tipoff that he was somehow connected with the tournament. Within a few minutes, he’d filled up a shopping cart with bottled water and pop almost to the point that he couldn’t push it out the door. (The state got a piece of the action due to the new tax on soda and bottled water.)
As I walking out of the store, another young man with a tournament-related shirt walked in, probably to make a similar purchase.
With temperatures looking like they’ll soar tomorrow, I hope the University Place supermarkets are well-stocked on beverages.