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Fore! Pierce County officials prepare to tee up 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay with trip to Pebble Beach this weekend

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on June 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm with 3 Comments »
June 19, 2010 3:42 pm

A delegation of Pierce County officials, sheriff’s officers and deputies is at the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach this weekend on an outing funded by the upcoming amateur golf tournament at Chambers Bay.

They’re immersing themselves in details of the huge major golf tournament near Carmel, Calif., where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are among the players.

It’s all part of the planning for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said in an interview.

Are they enjoying the California sunshine and festive atmosphere? Sure, McCarthy said. But she also pointed out this is a working trip. She arrived in the area at midweek.

Delegation members are meeting with U.S. Golf Association officials and getting behind-the-scenes tours of the operation as part of the county’s preparation for the county’s turn to tee off with the huge event five years from now, spokesman Hunter George said.

The tournament could draw 60,000 people a day to the county-owned golf course, he added.

Pierce County’s official delegation at the 2010 U.S. Open, one of professional golfing’s signature events, includes McCarthy, George, Deputy County Executive Kevin Phelps, Chambers Bay General Manager Matt Allen and four members of the Sheriff’s Department, George said.

The USGA is hosting them and providing tours of course facilities from a 30,000-square-foot merchandising tent to hospitality arrangements and security operations, he added.

The deputies have been spending a lot of time with the Monterey County Sheriff’s office, learning about security logistics for such a large event, George said.

All but two of the officials’ expenses are being paid by the U.S. Amateur, the tournament to be held at Chambers Bay in August, George said. The money isn’t coming out of the county’s general fund, he stressed. The sheriff’s department is paying expenses for two of its deputies.

Expenses for the majority of the delegation are being covered by the U.S. Amateur with funds derived from corporate donations, hospitality monies, ticket sales and the like, George said.

Former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg is attending the U.S. open at his own expense, as is Randy Harrison, a special assistant to McCarthy, George said.

Tammy Blount, president and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitor Bureau also is at the tournament. Mike Combs, the City of Tacoma’s facilities director, is there, too, George said.

It’s common for officials from U.S. Open host cities to attend the event years before the championship comes to their cities, George said.

Smaller Future Site Delegations from Pierce County also went to the Open at Bethpage State Park on Long Island, N.Y., last year and at Torrey Pines near San Diego in 2008.

The value in such trips, George said, is in “understanding what a U.S. Open looks like” so those who make the plans in Pierce County know what to expect and so they can build relationships with USGA officials long before the engourage gets to town.

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  1. guidocarmasi says:

    Step up pierce county . this is a big event that comes only to this rain soaked and forbidden area every 100 years!!!

    God’s country!!!!!

  2. mounts58 says:

    That’s why Pierce County has soaked such money into Cambers Creek golf course just to get a golf tournament. That place is a money pit. You can not depend on the weather here, it rains. That money was taken away for other items that needed fixing in Pierce County. Some of that money should have been put into Sprinker Recreation Center, a buld that real people can use.

  3. But if the money were spent there (Sprinker), it might take away from the $10,000 needed to refinish the Gov’s conference table. Why you have a whole team out there studying what was done at a course probably not even remotely like this one being led by a county exec who probably doesn’t know beans about crowd control, physical security or traffic management. Yeah the trips paid by the association, their salaries too? Why not send everyone over to that unused building they call the Convention Center and do a teleconference? Pierce county perk or pork? Duck, here come the levies.

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