Golf Tournament Economic Impact

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Every year, Bowling Green and Warren County has several sporting events that generate large amounts of revenue.

These events include the Girls' Sweet Sixteen basketball tournament, the Kentucky- Indiana basketball game, and many more.

This week, for the second year, the Club at Olde Stone will host a premier golf tournament sponsored by the American Junior Golf Association.

It may be the new kid on the block, having only been around for two years, but the Houchens Industries Junior Open is making a name for itself.

"Last year was our first year hosting it and we were voted the 2006 AJGA Tournament Of The Year. That was the first time they'd ever awarded that to a first-year tournament," says Olde Stone Golf Pro Steve Newman.

The tournament's early notoriety is bringing in people from all over to Bowling Green for the two day tournament.

"Families across the country come in anywhere from Michigan to Georgia to California. We have one competitor in from Mexico," says Newman.

"Its been great because you get a lot more exposure you get a lot more people coming into Bowling Green seeing the beautiful courses and you may even get some members out of it which is what you're looking for in a course," says 16-year-old local competitor, Brad Jackson.

Which translates into big bucks for the local community.

"When they come in obviously, they're going to stay in a motel, eat at restaurants and do tourist things such as Mammoth Cave," says Newman.

The event also allows local tournament competitors and spectators to spend money at home rather than on the road.

"It's nice to be able to sleep in your own bed and wake up in your own house before you go and play in a tournament. Better than staying in a hotel room but its an advantage," says another local competitor, 16-year-old Will Beard.

Last year alone, the tournament brought in several thousand dollars in revenue to Bowling Green and the county.

Despite a soggy start to the week, officials at Olde Stone expect even more revenue from this year's tournament.

Former participants in AJGA events include professional golfers Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, and Jim Furyk.

The official Houchens Industries Junior Open tournament begins on Tuesday morning and runs through Thursday.

To see the tournament schedule, click on the following link:

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