Countdown begins for 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship

May 04, 2019 05:42 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- In just three weeks, 35 senior golfers will come to Rochester to vie for the 2019 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.

"We know we have something special...." said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo. 

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That something special is what keeps attracting the PGA of America from the championship in 2008, the championship in 2013, this year's event and then the championship coming in 2023.

The championship director says Oak Hill is world renowned.

"You have to have a great golf course. We're not going to host a professional championship on a course our professional players are used to. The east course here at Oak Hill is fantastic," said Bryan Karns. 

It's not just the course or it's members. It's you as well. The PGA needs 1700 volunteers for this event. It gets that number for every event with ease.

Karns has been in Rochester planning for two years, working with law enforcement, the Oak Hill staff and other local partners.Law enforcement plays a major part.

Major Eric Laughton says state police, the sheriff's office and local police are ready. 

"It's a different world these days. We'll be bringing in a number of assets...our special operations response team, known as a SWAT team...we have air assets, we have drones just like everybody else does. I will guarantee you that we will be ready for the event and it will be a safe event, just like it always is."

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says this is a tourism opportunity like no other, bringing in an estimated $44 million.

So those are jobs for our local residents, our businesses fill up, people are shopping, people are filling up our restaurants, our hotels are booked solid. It's great for economic activity. It also brings new people into the area."

For more information about the event, click here.


Lynette Adams

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