- Posted March 10, 2014 by
2014 Senior Open
According to Jeff Simmons, associate professor of business at Oklahoma Christian University, the U.S. Senior Open will be a blessing for Edmond, socially and economically.
“It not only brings big-name players back to a course that once hosted the PGA Championship, it will provide an economic benefit to Edmond and the surrounding communities, as thousands of people will travel to attend the tournament,” Simmons said.
Jeff Ewing, championship director of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, says the tournament is expected to attract more than 140,000 visitors to the Edmond and Oklahoma City area. This will have an economic impact of more than $15 million. The tournament will also be broadcast to more than 50 countries including live television coverage on ESPN and NBC Sports. The last time Oak Tree National hosted a tournament this big was in May of 2006 for the 67 Senior PGA Championship. It is known for its challenging course due to it’s hilly landscape combined with Oklahoma’s infamous winds, making it a challenge for even the most serious golfers.
Golf fan and college senior, Kacy Cook, is very excited about the U.S. Senior Open being in Edmond, and to get the chance to see some of his favorite players play in person instead of only getting to watch them from the TV.
“There are really good golfers on the U.S. Senior Open; Fred Couples, Kenny Perry, Tom Leman, just to name a few,” Cook said. “I would definitely want to get an autograph from Fred Couples, and I feel like he would probably have the majority of the crowd rooting for him,”
Another golf fan, OC Bible adjunct faculty Jeff McMillon, views the U.S. Senior Open as a great family event that could help bring the community closer together.
“The partnership with the USGA and all the local volunteers along with the local corporate and private sponsorships should help bring everyone closer together,” McMillon said. “Everybody wants to see the tournament be a success and having a common goal leads to a closer sense of community.”
The U.S. Senior Open will be open to the public. The weekly ticket package costs $125, and the trophy club package costs $225. Both include daily tickets for all seven days, Monday through Sunday. Active and retired military and veterans with valid identification can purchase certain U.S. Senior Open ticket options at 50 percent off the list price. Children 17 and younger will receive free admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. The front row of each grandstand is reserved for kids. For more information visit www.2014ussenioropen.com.