Wisconsin’s ready for golfing season and our very own LPGA Classic is on the way–bringing with it golf balls, clubs, and dollar signs.
The first two years of the tournament at Thornberry Creek brought in more than $7-million to Green Bay area and this year is expected to keep that trend going.
The best part of all of this—at least to Green Bay’s convention and visitors bureau—is the exposure.
It is broadcast on the Golf Channel and quite a few eyes will be on the area.
Then you’ve got the anticipated 60,000 spectators largely coming in from across the state and Canada.
“You also have caddies, staff that are coming out from the LPGA tour, club manufacturer reps,” said tournament director Jon-Paul Genet. “You’ve got player reps, you’ve got our reps, but then you also have the construction people who are coming out to build this thing out.”
And spectators are not the only people out here spending money.
“It’s great to see those numbers and the community embracing and supporting this event as their own,” he said.
And this is a tournament that knows where it comes from. It has raised about $55,000 for indigenous youth leagues.
“With embracing the Oneida Nation and the culture, we certainly try to do everything in our power and our platform to give back to them. They are our prime key stakeholder. And anything we can do to generate any ancillary revenue to give back to the Oneida Nation as a whole, we’ll exercise any Avenue we can take.”
Genet says about 200-300 volunteers are still needed at Thornberry Creek.
Practice rounds for the LPGA Classic start July 2nd.