BALTIMORE (WJZ) – In less than two months, 70 of the world’s best golfers will compete in Baltimore County for the first time in 59 years.
The PGA Tour is back at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills for the BMW Championship.
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Steve Fader is the chairman of the Caves Valley Golf Club. “We’re really excited to show the world what Baltimore County and the larger Baltimore Metro community have to offer,” he said on the podium on media day.
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The Western Golf Association called Baltimore a “golf starved market,” which made it perfect.
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Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski is excited about the opportunity.
“All you have to do is get people to bring people to our county and this region and they’ll sell themselves,” said Olszewski. “We were of course more than happy to be a partner and offer all of our resources to make this work.”
We’re not even July yet and it’s already been a huge turnout in ticket sales, up 40 percent from the 2019 BMW Championship which was held in Illinois.
It’s a multimillion dollar impact on the area. Orioles and Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. plans to be one of thousands of viewers.
“When I go to see something and bring this event to this area that I’m so proud of in Baltimore County and Baltimore, I think it’s just fantastic, so I’ll be there,” said the 19-time MLB All-Star.
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Caves Valley has hosted college championships and many other events, but this presents a great opportunity for the region to show that it can support a tournament as big as the PGA Tour.