A successful U.S. Open in the books...
After a busy week of spectators, golfers and media occupying Pierce County, the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay has finally come to an end. The U.S. Open was the largest event ever hosted by the county, and I couldn’t be more proud. From scenery to food and the distinctive architecture of the links style course, the beautiful Pacific Northwest created a unique experience for players and spectators that will keep them coming back for years to come.
I’m particularly proud to serve the area that provided much of the backdrop and infrastructure for this global event. We all know how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful, friendly corner of the world, but last week District 7 was in top form.
Fans from all over the world enjoyed their time at Chambers Bay. Thousands of people attended the U.S. Open and spectator reviews were overwhelmingly positive. The merchandise pavilion sold more products here than at any other Open in history. That will greatly help Chambers Bay advertise globally. In addition to the benefits seen on the course, the USGA and Ridgewells Catering gave back to the community by donating 70,000 pounds of leftover food to the Emergency Food Network.
The success of this event would not have been possible without your support in the community. With the cooperation of surrounding neighborhoods, our transportation plan ran smoothly and kept traffic disruption to a minimum. Spectators noted the superb hospitality provided by local residents and businesses. The buzz throughout Pierce County created an atmosphere that extended the excitement off the course that players, spectators and residents will never forget.
Thank you again for all of your support, and I can’t wait to see what the future of Chambers Bay will bring.