Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Officials Review Impact of U.S. Open

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa Officials Review Impact of U.S. Open

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Tulsa officials this week are tallying the U.S. Open's impact, both economic and image-wise.

The event pumped in more than $60 million to the city and gave Tulsa a chance to shine. Between 35,000 and 50,000 people watched golf tournament play daily at Southern Hills Country Club and more than 11,000 attended for Monday's playoff. Retief Goosen shot an even-par 70 to win his first major tournament.

Southern Hills has always had a great history of golf, and this has been a very good experience for us, said Marty Parkes, senior director of communications for the United States Golf Association. And you can't say this could have been more exciting or challenging for the players.

Parkes said he didn't encounter the usual concerns about traffic and adequate concession stands in Tulsa's event, but did come across friendly and helpful Tulsans throughout the week.

People seem genuinely glad and proud of having the championship, Parkes said. No matter where I went this week, even a gas station, people were grateful and welcoming to the championship. …

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