Posted at: 02/08/2013 5:30 PM
Updated at: 02/08/2013 6:06 PM
By: Robin De Wind
The PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club starts in six months. 178 days and counting and a lot is already going on to prepare for the week long event.
The first round of 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club tees off in six months and now all the planning on paper will move towards construction, organizing the volunteers and promotion of the event.
News10NBC stopped out to Big Oak in East Rochester, where local artist Howie Green was painting an oversized fiberglass golf ball. It's part of the “Golf Balls on Parade”, that will be showcased on tees from Greece to Canandaigua starting in May through the August tournament. A portion of the sale of the balls will be split equally among four charities and a charity of the sponsor's choosing.
The project is also hoping to attract interest from the Buffalo and Syracuse. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has his likeness on a ball as well as Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.
The PGA and the Rochester community are working together to regionalize the tournament so that the local community and people visiting from outside the area get to know what the Rochester area as a whole has to offer, not just the town of Pittsford, the site of the tournament.
Howie Jacobson, Dixon Schwabl, said, “This allows people from Buffalo and Syracuse and non golfers to visit Rochester and this golf community and say this is a reason to come to Rochester and see this international event and it's a way to get people to focus on our our region.”
Dave Martin, Big Oak, said, “Seeing the golf balls having them all out at once and spread through out the community, I think they will remember and embrace that.”
All of the balls will be on display at the end of April at Big Oak and there will be a scavenger hunt to build community support for the PGA Championship and area tourism, which the PGA is supporting and hasn't been done in other cities.
The PGA Championship will be held at Oak Hill from August 5 to August 11.