Junior Golf Tourney Will Bring Big Bucks to Bowling Green

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The tournament isn't until June but it's already generating buzz in the community. Tiger Woods and Davis Love, Jr. have won the Junior Open in the past. If that's any indication of things to come, this tournament could mean big bucks for Bowling Green.

Amy Cardwell, with the Bowling Green Warren County Tourism and Visitors Bureau, says: "They'll eat in our restaurants; they'll shop in our stores. People have a tendency to treat it like a vacation and spend lots of money here."

When the American Junior Golf Association brings its Junior Open to Olde Stone Golf Course in Alvaton in a few months, it will also bring revenue to the city.

Cardwell says: "You're looking at 120 participants for a basis of four days. That in itself with players and their families in that short amount of time, you're looking at $100,000 being brought into the city of Bowling Green."

Hosting a tournament like the Junior Open can have a trickle down effect too.

Cardwell says: "Some of the families that come in and get to see Bowling Green for the first time and see all the things we have to offer will come back again and again."

Thirteen-year-old, Charlie Phillips, says: "It's pretty big. I don't think anyone from my school or age or class has ever went."

Phillips lives in Ohio, but is practicing for the chance to qualify for the Junior Open. He says it would give him the opportunity to get college scholarships and see what Bowling Green has to offer.

Phillips says: "Just visit all the tourist sites and maybe some of the caves here."

Phillips says it's one of the toughest courses he's ever played which can be a big draw to golf lovers everywhere.

Cardwell says: "Facilities like Olde Stone give Bowling Green the opportunity to step up and be seen on the grand scheme of thing just like a Louisville or Lexington."

The Junior Open isn't the only big attraction in Bowling Green the week of June 11. The National Hot Rod Association will be at Beech Bend and the Anthem Kentucky-Indiana High School All-Star game will be played at Diddle Arena. If it's anything like the past, hotel rooms here and in the surrounding counties will be limited and there will a longer wait at restaurants, which is even more of an economic plus.

Stay connected to WBKO for more information on the tournament and future plans at Olde Stone.