The Waste Management Phoenix open tees it up in just a few days, and hundreds of thousands of fans will flock to the TPC Scottsdale to catch all the action.
The Phoenix Open has thrived here in the desert since 1932. There is a good reason for the tremendous success of the biggest golf tournament in the world. One group has consistently been able to deliver one big tournament, one big party after another. It is the Thunderbirds who have perfected the art of making golf can’t miss action in the Valley of the Sun. They have a way of attracting a crowd. And the Thunderbirds have done it again making the 2011 Waste Management Phoenix Open a special experience.
One of the first members was Robert W. Goldwater and his idea was to form a professional golf tournament. It was an idea that was met with little enthusiasm and if not for his tireless effort, it might have been one and done when it came to running a tournament. Because he thought the cause worthwhile, Goldwater became the “Father of the Phoenix Open.”
The folks in the Midwest, stuck in the middle of a cold and dreary winter, saw first hand what the desert can look like in the winter when the Phoenix Open was first televised in 1973. The Thunderbirds ability to get the tournament on national television resulted in immediate tourism results.
Of course things started to change for the Thunderbirds in the 1980’s. The Phoenix Open was not only fully grown; it was now bulging at the seams at the Phoenix Country Club. Parking and gallery size were a nightmare at the club in downtown Phoenix. After years of working with developers and the PGA Tour, it was decided the tournament would move to a new facility, the TPC Scottsdale in 1987.
The Thunderbirds’ efforts on the golf course have resulted in a list of champions that is a who’s who of professional golf. Off the course, where the least amount of noise occurs when the Thunderbirds are involved, is where the group makes more of a difference than most people could ever imagine. The list of charities the Thunderbirds have helped over years is considerably longer than the list of champions in the history of the tournament. Well over 150 charities have benefitted from the Open which has given over $65 million to various charities.
On Saturday, everyone is encouraged to wear Green and be a part of the first-ever tournament “Green Out”! You the fans can help support the green/eco-sensitive efforts of the tournament and title sponsor Waste Management, as The Thunderbirds will donate money to Arizona Clean and Beautiful based on the number of people who are wearing green on Saturday. So tell all of your friends, wear your green.
The Tri-West Healthcare Alliance Shot at Glory is a charity event on pro-am day (Wednesday) that features a number famous people who will each get one chance to hit a shot on the famous par-3 16th hole. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the pro-am and come out to 16 to cheer them on. The fans are giving a chance to take a Shot at Glory, just go to our WM Phoenix Open Facebook page and click on the
Sweepstakes tab at the top . $1 million dollars goes to anyone who hits a hole in one!
For more information and tourament schedule visit http://wastemanagementphoenixopen.com
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