Lines of spectators snaked across fairways, stood atop dunes and hiked miles around Chambers Bay golf course today for the finale of the U.S. Amateur.
Twenty-one-year-old Peter Uihlein, who lives in Florida and golfs for the Oklahoma State University, bested Stanford University junior David Chung to win the tournament.
The weeklong event was a success, county officials proclaimed in a news release a few minutes ago. Some 33,000 people attended the tournament at the county-owned golf course over the last seven days, the news release said.
Here it is:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 29, 2010
Some 33,000 attend U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay
More than 33,000 people attended the U.S. Amateur that concluded Sunday, demonstrating a strong show of support for the first televised golf championship at Chambers Bay.
“Fans, volunteers and local businesses showed the United States Golf Association that we are excited about conducting national championships at Chambers Bay,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, who oversees operations at the county-owned golf course.
“It will take a few weeks to close the books, but the preliminary data show we exceeded our sales goals. The staff from Pierce County, KemperSports, the USGA and our vendors did an outstanding job of preparing a world-class golf course and providing first-class service to fans.”
The county executive noted that every resident of Pierce County benefited from the weeklong experience.
“Fans came from outside the county to experience the most prestigious amateur golf championship in the world,” she said.
“National and local media outlets provided coverage to readers and viewers around the world. The Golf Channel and NBC devoted 10 hours of airtime to a national audience, who got to see the natural environment that makes this a special place. Other golf courses have told us to expect a boost in rounds played due to all of this great exposure.”
Executive McCarthy added: “My team looks forward to working with the USGA to analyze the championship operations and applying what we learn to a successful U.S. Open in 2015.”