SOLHEIM CUP: Metro Snags Major Golf Event
The Des Moines metro area will play host to the biggest international team event in women’s golf.
With a Lexi Thompson tee shot comes an opportunity for the people of central Iowa to not only show off their American pride, but to show yet again that this area can host a major sporting event that will bring in people from all over the world.
“I believe that in 2017, we’re going to blow out the standard for what a Solheim Cup should be,” said LPGA Tour Commissioner, Michael Whan.
So far, what it’s been is one of the premier women’s golfing events in the world.
This year, it was hosted by a country club near Denver.
Organizers tried to create the feel of a college football game. It lured 145,000 people to come and watch the women play.
Tournament Chairman Suku Radia expects West Des Moines will produce numbers more along the lines of the 1999 U.S. Senior Open.
Back then, 250,000 fans showed up at Des Moines Golf and Country Club.
It’s a record that’s never been touched.
“Suku is the only one that has ever said we’ll have 145,000 people at your practice rounds,” said Whan.
It’s that fan support and top level local sponsors like DuPont the LPGA says made West Des Moines the obvious choice for 2017.
“It’s your turn,” Whan said.
Of course, a big turnout doesn’t come without reward.
Previous Solheim Cups have had financial impacts of $20,000,000 dollars on the communities that have hosted them.
“I’m sure we can exceed that. Suku has stuck has neck out. Let’s make sure his commitment is made good,” said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
The tournament is still four years away, but fans at today’s announcement are ready, and so are the star players who will be teeing it up.
“I expect it to be huge. I expect it to be big. Judging by today, I think the people here are ready for us,” said LPGA Tour star, Stacy Lewis.