In addition to Rory McIlroy’s record-setting performance in the 111th Annual U.S. Open held at Congressional Country Club June 13-19, the Montgomery County and the local economy were winners, as well.
According to the United States Golf Association (USGA) figures, a total of 229,574 people attended the Open championship -- from practice rounds the 13th though 15th and the actual championship the 16th through 19th. The highest daily attendance – 48,088 – was recorded on Saturday. Attendance figures came from the entrance gates and were measured by hand held scanners.
The USGA estimates the total economic impact to be between $130-$150 million.
The USGA also gave high marks to the Department of Transportation and all Montgomery County support personnel during the week of the event.
The following came from Dan Hubbard, the USGA’s Assistant Director of Communications: “I wanted to say thanks to each and every one of you…for your professionalism and for your dedication to making the 2011 U.S. Open a success. We have worked with many state, county and local government partners over the years and I don’t feel it is a stretch at all to say that your team was one of the best. You were on top of things the entire time and helped us execute a very successful transportation plan that withstood a number of challenges throughout the week.
"Congratulations, well done, and once again, my sincere thanks.”
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POSTED AT: Friday, July 15, 2011 | 4:32:00 PM