2015 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid site announcement news conference transcript
JULIUS MASON: Ladies and gentlemen, there are some people in the audience that we would like to you meet.
First, from Jasper, Indiana, Mayor Terry Seitz. From Bedford, Indiana, Mayor Shawna Girgis. Representing French Lick Town Council, Don Renner.
Representing the PGA Indiana Section, vice president, Keith Clark; secretary, Tony Pancake; and Executive Director, Mike David.
From the French Lick Resort, Director of Golf Operations, a 35 year veteran here, ladies and gentlemen, Dave Harner. The man who promises par will be as easy today on this monster golf course as any superintendent, Russ Apple. From Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and the PGA of America, Senior Director of Championships, David Charles.
And now formally, ladies and gentlemen, it's my pleasure to introduce from the Legends Golf Course in Franklin, Indiana, a man who proudly wore the black and gold of Purdue University, the 38th president, The PGA of America, Mr. Ted Bishop.
TED BISHOP: Thanks, Julius. Well, it's certainly my great pleasure as native Hoosier to be here for this very special day, and you know, I want to just start out and just tell all of you a little bit about The PGA of America. We, for those that don't know, are the largest sports organization in the world. And what that means is we have 27,000 men and women PGA members and apprentices who every day get up and do what Dave Marr and Jan Tellstrom and their staffs do, and that's try to grow the game and to create a greater interest in golf.
At the same time, our organization conducts some of the best and most major championships in all of golf, one of which is why we are here today, the Senior PGA Championship, but also looking forward next week to going to Oak Hill Country Club and conducting the PGA Championship. And on top of that, we also run the Grand Slam of Golf and certainly The Ryder Cup.
That's what we do, and we are a very proud organization, and couldn't be any happier to be here today. You know, particularly for me as a native Hoosier, to be able to be part of this unique announcement, at this property which has such a tremendous history and legacy in championship golf, which dates back to 1924 when Walter Hagen, who was one of the founding members of The PGA of America, won the PGA Championship here on the Donald Ross course, to just a couple of years ago when we were here at this very facility and conducted our Professional National Championship when 312 of the best playing club professionals in the United States came here and enjoyed a great four days of golf. It was a milestone championship then, because Mike Small won his third PNC title, and that's the most that any individual has ever accomplished in the history of that championship.
So when I think of French Lick, I think of their golf history; it goes beyond the PGA events that I talked about. This site has been the host for the Big Ten Men's and Women's Championships, along with, you know, other collegiate titles that they have hosted here over the past few years. It's been historically a site where the LPGA has come in and they ran their LPGA Championship here back in, I believe it was 1960. They have got a special event here that you'll hear a little bit more about later in September.
It's a long and storied tradition, but officially, the reason I'm here today, is to share with you the announcement that in May of 2015, the most historic and oldest major championship in the history of senior golf, and that will be the 76th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, will be played here on the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort. A very special day (applause).
What I would like to do, ladies and gentlemen, is I would like to welcome the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy which is being carried by Devon Trueblood and Jan Tellstrom, and this is the oldest and heaviest trophy in major championship golf, and for a closer look at the most historic and prestigious Senior PGA Championship, let's look at the monitors and watch this very special video.
I think you can clearly understand when you see the role call of champions that have been a part of this great event why everybody here at French Lick and KitchenAid and everybody in southern Indiana is excited to bring this championship here in 2015.
You know, ironically, and this is a little known fact that many may not realize, but the inaugural event of the Senior PGA was played in 1937 and it was actually hosted by Augusta National Golf Club. A couple of years later, we moved it to PGA National and played it there for many years, and over the years, you know, it's really been a pleasure for The PGA of America to move this Senior PGA Championship around the country. We have played such outstanding venues as the Firestone Country Club, Aronimink, Oak Hill, Canterbury, and of course Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the home of KitchenAid and Whirlpool.
Our Senior PGA Championship is going to be televised for 12 hours in 2015, and it will reach 130 countries and 430 million households. Our past Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid was conducted at Bellerive in St. Louis where, as you saw, Koki Idoki from Japan became the first Asian born gentleman to win the Senior PGA Championship.
Just this past May, we had 122 players representing 35 states. We had 34 international players representing 18 countries. We had 35 of our own PGA club professionals in the field. We had 19 major champions who have combined to win 32 major championships. We had eight Senior PGA champions, and we had eight United States and European Ryder Cup Captains. We had five former PGA champions, and we had seven members of the World Golf Hall of Fame in that 2013 field.
The PGA of America is extremely pleased to have announced just last Thursday that KitchenAid has extended their sponsorship of this great event through 2018.
You know, Jeff, we certainly look forward to returning to Harbor Shores and Benton Harbor in 2014, 2016 and 2018. I said this last night and it bears repeating, every time you talk about KitchenAid and their role in this championship, they have elevated the best possible ... the greatest major championship in senior golf with their participation.
The reason I say that is because when you talk to the players who participate in this event, they love the special treatment that they receive through KitchenAid, the little details that Jeff's company does to make this thing really a unique and special event that you just don't see in major championship golf.
We truly believe that what the Whirlpool Corporation has done in Benton Harbor to transform an entire community through Harbor Shores Golf Course, turning an industrial brown field into green space is remarkable, and really, it's a benchmark story and it's an example that would be great for a lot of communities in this country to follow.
Steve Ferguson I've known for many years, and you know, you just have to commend what the Cook Company has done here at French Lick, resurrecting the West Baden Hotel; bringing Pete Dye in here to have the vision to build this great golf course on this piece of property. But it takes someone that has vision and has leadership and has courage to be able to do all the things that have been accomplished here in such a short period of time.
I would just like to is a salute the Cook Corporation and Steve Ferguson for everything that they have done.
So that's pretty much what I have to offer you today. Again, on behalf of The PGA of America, I can't tell you how excited we are to be here at French Lick in 2015 and to continue this great partnership with KitchenAid and to enjoy French Lick and southern Indiana's hospitality.
JULIUS MASON: Thank you, Ted, very much, for announcing that well kept secret. And now, ladies and gentlemen, please welcome a man who will ever never, ever be late to the first tee the rest of his life, the Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence.
GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE: Thank you, Julius. It's a real joy for me to be with you today and to be a part of this extraordinary announcement, and to Ted Bishop, it is wonderful with your Indiana roots and your Boilermaker ties, it seems to me all together fitting, though you're not especially close to West Lafayette here. Seems altogether fitting that you're in the position that you're in to make this great announcement about the 2015 76th Senior PGA Championship.
I also want to express my appreciation, not only to Ted, but to Jeff Fettig, to Whirlpool Corporation for stepping up and renewing their support of this sport and of this particular event.
I'm also grateful to be able to share the podium with Steve Ferguson. I am chagrinned by the fact that I have not played this course with Steve, yet. I expect that to be a humbling experience for me.
But Steve, we just appreciate the Cook Group and your vision and your appreciation for southern Indiana. Thank you for loving and believing in our state and making the investments in this region that have contributed to the quality of life.
Also I'm grateful to be joined by Congressman Todd Young who is with me to my left, only physically.
I also want to bring greetings on behalf of my Lieutenant Governor, Sue Ellspermann, who is pining to be here today. If there's anybody that loves this region of this state more than our friends at the Cook group and more than all those guys that are here today, it might be the best Lieutenant Governor in the United States of America, Sue Ellspermann.
I am lamenting the fact that I have rounds today in Evansville and Fort Wayne, Indiana, so apparently I'm not currently scheduled to play this afternoon. Dave Harner, I walked up, complained just a little bit to Dave that that wasn't on my schedule today to be honest the course. And he said to me, "Mike, we're open every day." I look forward to being back.
It's extraordinary. The State of Indiana really has, as so many of you know here, and as Ted Bishop just reflected eloquently, has a storied history of hosting golf championships, and this will add to that storied history in such a significant way. With the PGA and LPGA events held on courses throughout our state that in addition to this extraordinary Pete Dye course here in French Lick, there are courses around the State of Indiana that are routinely referred to as historic and prestigious.
We are just delighted, also, to welcome not only professional golfing events to venues around Indiana, but also to welcome collegiate competitions and amateur competitions so we can cheer on those men and women who will one day be on the television screens and on our minds in the PGA Championships, the LPGA and the senior championships.
And let me just say, as the Boilermaker to my right already knows, we Hoosiers love golf. We love to be outside, and we love competition. And so there's no surprise to me that since those early days back when this ... we remember The Donald Ross course and the accomplishments of Walter Hagen, that Hoosiers have long cherished this sport.
Our state is home to some 470 golf courses. We love the game so much, we built a golf course inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway just in case during the race people felt a need to tee off.
Because of the genius and vision of Pete and Alice Dye, this 200 acre Pete Dye Course is becoming known as one of America's finest golf venues, and it's no surprise to those of us who have been here and enjoyed this spectacular vista that that's becoming the case.
And this place is truly special. I want to affirm, Ted, your decision, and the PGA's decision to be here. I understand that Pete Dye actually first designed this course on a napkin when it was becoming a reality, and he was wrestling with various challenges of elevation. He would just become the first person to wrestle with the challenges of elevation here on this course.
And I suspect that every now and again as he walked around the course, which sits in one of the highest points in the State of Indiana, he regarded its views with the affection of so many who have come here and left here with a deeper understanding of the natural beauty of our state.
As you may know, French Lick Resort is about to host the Legends Championship Presented by Humana this coming September. It has recently hosted, just to name a few: The 2013 Big Ten Men and Women's Championship, the 2012 Big Ten Men's and Women's Championship, 2011 U.S. Hickory Open, and in its early years, it's been mentioned, 1960 LPGA Championship, and all the way back to 1924, the PGA Championship. And with events that conclude with champions, if you host them, players, sponsors and the fans will be here and be looking in from around the world.
And that's where I come in just to express appreciation on behalf of all the people of Indiana for the partnerships that bring us to an announcement like today. Because this is more than just about golf. This is really about promoting everything that's good about the state of Indiana.
In 2008, the Indiana golf economy report articulated that our golf economy generates more than $900 million in economic activity in the Hoosier State. That figure includes hospitality and tourism that comes along with the tournaments that we have hosted throughout the decades.
It is extraordinary to think about the role that this game and venues like this and events like this in 2015 play in the life of our state. It will drive visitors to our state. It will drive investment in our state and retail sales and associated services, and so while we are all about golf today. And we are thinking all about golf, Ted, on what is a very typical July day in Indiana, for future reference, I tried that on Jeff, and he said, no, I'm also from here.
This is about golf, but it's really about more than golf, and that's where I would end today, is by expressing a debt of gratitude and appreciation to the PGA for the decision today for the sponsorship of KitchenAid and this great company represented here, and for all of you that have helped make this place such a matchless venue. Because I believe this event, when you think about it, that it will reach, what is it, 130 countries, and 430 million households, is going to showcase two things that are really special about Indiana.
No. 1, we are going to showcase Hoosier hospitality and our ability in this state to host world class events. And secondly, we will showcase here, maybe more than any other golf course in the State of Indiana, we will have the opportunity to showcase the natural beauty of our state. I can't help but think of those panoramic views and the sweeping television screens, and there will be more than a few people in those 130 countries around the world and in those 430 million homes that will look, and say, I'm going to visit Indiana, and that's where this will make a difference.
So with that, let me just express my heartfelt appreciation to the PGA, to the corporate partners that are represented here from the Whirlpool Corporation to the Cook Group and Steve and to all of you in and out of public life and out of this great venue. Thank you for doing all that you've done to bring us to the praise where we can welcome the 2015 76th Senior PGA Championship sponsored by KitchenAid.
You have done right by golf, you have done right by southern Indiana and you have done more than your share to help celebrate everything that's great about Indiana all over the world, and you have our thanks, on behalf of all of the people of this state, thank you, God bless you.
JULIUS MASON: As far as governors are concerned, you're pretty cool. And you were talking about elevation a little bit, and you know what, your personality, your passion, we are digging that right now, so we are going to do all we can to elevate your personal profile. I'm going to tell you, later on, after this news conference, we are going to go out and take a picture, we are going to take a picture with everybody at the big table with the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy. I will also let the Governor know that ... and Jeff, David, you back me up on this, in the last 20 years, we've only seen one governor lift that trophy over his head with one hand, am I right? Am I right? (Laughter).
You've got about 15 minutes to get psyched up and we'll take that a little later. Governor, thank you very much for your support and being here today, we really appreciate it.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, welcome U.S. Congressman, Todd Young. Todd?
CONGRESSMAN TODD YOUNG: Thanks so much and happy to be here today on the day that Governor Pence joins Jesse Ventura as the one person to lift that heavy trophy with one hand ... I suspect that's who it was. (Laughter).
I really appreciated the governor's remarks, and I appreciate the support of the Whirlpool's corporation, Jeff, thank you for that. And the Cook Group has done fine group, leaving a legacy for Bill Cook and giving great pride for people in this community over some of our unique assets.
I do believe that this PGA Senior Championship is going to showcase both this region and the state of Indiana and, and so just want to thank everyone who has helped to bring this here.
It really is an honor to be here for this official announcement. Governor Pence talked a bit about the general impact that golf has on Indiana's economy, a very significant impact. I want to spend a little bit of time about what draws golfers into Indiana. I think in the end it's our beautiful golf courses.
On your drive here today, I hoped many of you noticed how beautiful with the rolling and wooded landscape of southern Indiana. We have plenty of golf courses that match and complement that natural landscape. As the Governor mentioned, roughly 470 courses throughout the state.
The Pete Dye course here at French Lick is one of seven public courses designed by the Dyes on the Pete Dye Golf Trail. You can start in northern Indiana at Mystic Hills, wind your way into Indianapolis right there at the Brickyard towards the course known as the Brickyard Crossing, and eventually wind up right here in French Lick. We also have courses designed by world class golf architects from Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Donald Ross and Tom Doak.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention my good friend, Fuzzy Zoeller and some of his courses, several of which are located not too far from here. Covered Bridge is one of the most beautiful golf courses in America. If you don't believe me, just ask Fuzzy, he'll tell you.
Many of our courses are consistently ranked amongst best in the nation, and they should be, Belterra in the southeast corner of the state is consistently rated near the top of the list for the best casino courses and the Pete Dye Course at French Lick has long been in the list of the Top 10 public courses in the country.
It's no wonder then that this site and our state has been chosen to host this 2015 Senior PGA Championship. We look forward to welcoming golfers from around the country to showcasing our great state and offering them a taste of Hoosier hospitality and to extending the invitation after they get a taste of that hospitality for them to visit all of our other courses throughout the state of Indiana. Thank you all, especially our locals here, who I know with great pride visit this landscape today and join us for this good occasion. It's really an honor to be here with you.
JULIUS MASON: Another hometown Indiana native, someone who called Tipton home. He also wore the red and white of IU and also enjoys late night putting under moonlight up until 11:30 PM; another story, another time.
Please welcome the chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation, Jeff Fettig.
JEFF FETTIG: Well, good morning, everyone, it's a great pleasure for me to be here today as part of this historic announcement. There's really three things like I'd to share with you. One is that Ted described the tradition and history of the Senior PGA and what that means in golf, and also the venues that they participate in. It really is a special event.
And we have had the great honor at KitchenAid to be the host sponsor for the last four years, and as you've heard, we have re signed up, if you will, based on the great experience that we had through 2018.
As part of that, I would just say that it's been ... it has been great for our brand. It has been great for our customers where we get to really showcase the kind of products that we offer. But it's also been great for our people and for our communities that we have operated in. And based on that and what I would say is just a terrific working partnership with the PGA, that really went into why we wanted to continue this, because this is really our first sports sponsoring activity really in the company's history.
But as part of that, as we contemplate the signing through 2018, we talked about the next venue after 2014, when it's going to be back in Michigan at Harbor Shores. We started talking about 2015 and well over a year ago, I had an opportunity to meet Steve and the folks at Cook.
I had the opportunity to come down here and see what just a marvelous thing has happened in this community, with the renovation, bringing it back and making it even better, the historic resort area here. There's so much commonality between what the folks have done in this community and what we have tried to do in ours. Not to mention just an absolutely great championship golf course, or actually two here.
So, we could not be happier not only partnering with the PGA but also partnering with French Lick to help host this tournament. There's no question in my mind that it will be a fabulous championship. I think the players will love it. I think the fans will love it. And as they said, over 400 million homes around the world are going to get a chance to see you all at your best, and there's no question in my mind you'll do an outstanding job, and so we are just happy to be a part of it. Thank you very much.
JULIUS MASON: Jeff, thank you very, very much again for being here, and to your team in the front row there, Jeff, Sam and Deb, thank you so much for your support of this championship.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, it's my pleasure to introduce the chairman of the board of the Cook Group and the president of French Lick Resorts, Steve Ferguson.
STEVE FERGUSON: Thank you, Julius. You know, when you made that announcement, Ted, a wave of emotion went over me. I think it's probably the first time a Purdue graduate has ever had that effect on an IU graduate. (Laughter). You've had a lot of other emotions, but that's the first time it's ever won a point.
This is an especially ... it seems like the stars are all aligned. Ted's president this year, and that's really a great thing to have him here and personally announce it. It's the 50th year celebration for the Cook Group. It's been 50 years, and we are in the process of celebrating, and how much more could you add to the celebration than the announcement of an event like this?
To Bill Cook, if he was with us, he would be deeply touched. And then to have an historic designer like Pete Dye design this course; and Pete is not only a great designer and a very visual person, as the Governor mentioned, did his first design on a napkin.
But when he first looked at this site in an aerial photo, looked at him and he said, "I don't think I can build a course here."
I said, "Well, I understand that, and I'm glad to know that now before we start. But do you want to drive up and take a look at it anyway." We were down at the West Baden Hotel. It was just under construction.
So we drove up and up behind the hotel, to what is the east end of the resort and the course here to the east side, and it's secondary growth timber. Because the Tom Bendelow Course had been on what's the east end of 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, the Bendelow Course had been in the valley, and so the old course was there but in secondary growth timber.
We drove around and then came up to, there was a fence and a gate up there and drove around this site. That was on like a Tuesday. On Thursday, he calls me and says, "I really need to see you."
I said, fine. So we agreed on Saturday for lunch in Mooresville. And arrive at Mooresville and sit down and he contacted me and said, "This is my backyard, I really want to build this course."
We sat down and we looked at it and he had the aerial photo and the design and he said, "You know, I can build this course, but the problem is, the mansion and the 44 acres, I've got to have it to build the course."
And it used to be part of the French Lick Resort, and of course, saying you don't own it is a good start for building a course. So I said, "Well, Pete, we don't own that."
He said, "I know that, you already told me that, but if you want to build a course here, you've got to have that site."
So Jerry Fuhs, who was living here with his family, I called Jerry and I said we need to get together, and I talked to him. And he mated in me a deal I couldn't refuse, and he actually had cut his asking price from what it was to half of what it was I think ... isn't that about right?
But he said, "You know, you guys will restore this hotel and do what needs to be done. It will be open so people can enjoy it and see it, and that's really important to us." So Gerry Fuhs needs a hand of applause.
And then, Pete proceeded to build a course, and you never had any drawings or never ... you know, what we originally saw, which was a sketch on a napkin, and the rest was all visual. He was on site, I don't know, 130, 140 times, walked the course every time, carried the little flags. I finally said, "Take the flags away from him, because he keeps changing everything."
But he would come and he would make changes, and then next time he came, that hill was there and it was gone, and next time he came, the hill that he built was gone. I said, "You know, Pete, you're going to move as much dirt as it took to build I 69."
He said, "Oh, no, Steve, I moved a lot more than that." But he is a very visual person.
He's a great designer, a great person to work with. This was all done on a handshake. We never did have an agreement on how much to pay and how much he wanted. He said he would do it for a dollar when he started and periodically I would say, "Pete, how much do I owe you?" I think we started in 2005, and now we opened in, what, 2009?
So in the fall of 2008, Alice finally calls the office and said Pete needed to be paid.
They called me in the office, so I called Pete and said, "Hey, Pete, Alice called the office and said you need to be paid."
And he said, "Well, what did she do that for?"
I said, "Well, there's a new president, and she thinks taxes are going to go up." I think probably all of us are on the right here (laughter).
So I talked to him, and we had had the Nicklaus group and other groups look at it, but Pete had such a passion for this course, and he showed it the whole time. He put his heart and soul into this. I said, "Well, Pete, how much do I owe you?"
He said, "Well, I just don't know."
And I said, "Well, you said a dollar, but you also said, when I asked you one time, if you don't like the course, then don't pay me anything. So I want to make it official: I do like the course. So now I want to know how much I owe you?"
So then he started telling me about the expenses he had in flying in here 130 times. Now the reason he had to fly was he had to bring, Sixty, his dog. Now I can understand that, if it had just been commercial or Alice, but had to have a private airplane when Sixty came, who came every time.
So he did have some expenses flying in, and I kept saying, "Pete, just tell me how much." And I finally throughout a figure, and I said, "Hey, Pete, how about this." I talked to other people, and sort of knew what they were charging.
And he said, there was a pause, and he says, "Oh, I think that's way too much."
I said, "Well, Pete, if it will make you happy, I'll pay you less."
So he finally was trying to help me out by saying, "Okay, you pay me half of it this year, and another quarter of it next year and another quarter of it the following year."
I said, "Fine, fine."
So then we get through the three payments, paid him that year, get it in before tax rates went up, and actually he got two payments in before tax rates went up ... no, actually he got the whole thing, he got all three before the tax rates went up.
He comes in right after we opened and he said, "I really would like to have a consulting contract."
I said, "Fine, love to have you, etc., how much do you want?"
He said, "I want a dollar."
I said, "A dollar a year?"
And he said, "Yeah, a dollar a year."
I said, "Well, can I pay your expenses or anything?"
And he said, "No, I just want a dollar a year."
I said, "Well, Pete, you just bill me for your expenses."
So now it's been three years, so now I owe him three dollars. Next time I see him, I'm going to do that, because I reminded myself that I owe him three dollars and I need to pay him right away but he never billed for expenses.
That speaks ... Bill Cook was a guy that was a hands shake guy. We did the West Baden Hotel on a handshake, had $35 million in there and no agreements. Now the accountants and the attorneys didn't think that was quite right, but that was the way Bill Cook did it, and everybody honored their commitments. And Pete was the same way, he didn't want to sign a contract, he was a handshake guy; we'll do what's right and build a great course for you and he did that.
So it's a pleasure to be here and it's exciting, thank you.
JULIUS MASON: We hope you enjoyed the Steve Ferguson Show, ladies and gentlemen.
STEVE FERGUSON: I ran over my time a little bit.
JULIUS MASON: I found it particularly amazing that Ted and Jeff over here were taking notes on your contract negotiating skills. (Laughter).
Believe it or not, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to see if you have any questions for anybody at the head table here.
Q. Just some thoughts about the course, why you like it so much, what makes it so unique, and the challenges for the seniors when they are here.
TED BISHOP: I think the thing that is going to be great about this golf course, obviously it's one of the highest elevated points in Indiana. Wind is going to play a factor. I think when you come here in late May, you can get wind from different directions two or three days during the championship.
I think the other thing that's great about French Lick and the Dye Course is the versatility you have with the number of tee boxes that are here and what it will allow Kerry Haigh, who is our chief championship officer, to do with the course setup.
And I think on top of the fact that the PGA of America has been here and played a championship here with the PNC. Kerry and his crew have had experience with this golf course, and they have got a lot of options.
On top of the fact we have dealt with Russ Apple, who is an outstanding golf superintendent and we know the quality of the product that we are going to have and it's going to be world class in every way, shape and form for the participants.
Q. Jeff, you had mentioned that this was very similar to Benton Harbor, and what this can do for the community. I'd like to talk about that, and I'd also like to know about the infrastructure about bringing in fans, besides the resort, where will they stay and how will the logistics all work?
JEFF FETTIG: In our case, we are in a relatively small community on lake Michigan. But you probably wouldn't think of it initially as a big golf market, particularly for a major event. The second thing is, I would say that the reason that Harbor Shores was built, which is also a big championship golf course, was basically bringing back to its natural state an old industrial stone, a very large old industrial zone development. Golf has helped that tremendously, and the exposure that we have gotten from the Senior PGA has been phenomenal. And we get golfers literally from all over the world now coming here, so it's helped the revitalization of the community.
And Steve can tell a much better story than I can, but I would just say what Steve and the Cook people have done in this part of the state, what the people in this community have done, it's a very similar story from redeveloping bringing something great based on the natural beauty that we have and using the event to create an unbelievable amount of global publicity. That, to me, is why it's very similar.
Q. How many are we anticipating in terms of spectators?
TED BISHOP: Well, I would go back to the last four or five of these that I've been affiliated with from Canterbury in Cleveland to the Colorado Golf Club in Denver to Valhalla and Bellerive. I think that you saw crowds in the mid 20,000s for a week in Cleveland and the Colorado Golf Club, they were higher than that, and Valhalla, and certainly in St. Louis at Bellerive.
Having spent 17 years of my professional life and the job that I have now in southern Indiana, I think that you will be surprised. This will be the biggest game in town for a long, long time. When you look at the golf legends that have been a part of this championship over the years, and will be part of it in 2015, I think you'll understand what's really special about southern Indiana and the people that live here. That will turn out to support this championship.
Q. There's a quote on the back of the scorecard that some of us played yesterday that says, "A round of golf that lasts for more than four and a half hours does not follow The Donald Ross philosophy that golf should be a pleasure, not a penance." So do you think that the pace of play will meet four and a half hours, and will the senior golfers do penance?
TED BISHOP: Well, let me remind you, this is a Pete Dye course, so it doesn't fall in that four and a half hour reference that you just mentioned. But you know, I think when we hosted the PNC here, the golf course setup was very fair. The players loved it.
You know, I think that you've got a lot of options here, but again, our tournament people are probably the best in the business and the last thing that we want to try to do with a major championship is beat up our participants.
I guarantee that we are going to look at wind, we are going to look at all of the environmental factors that go into the setup, and we'll go what we've got to do to make it challenging and enjoyable, which is what we do every time we run a tournament.
Q. Governor, the traffic we are dealing with situation, it's not a heavy traffic infrastructure, so your office will do what you have to do to make sure traffic is expedited?
GOVERNOR PENCE: There's been significant investments obviously in the infrastructure in southern Indiana in recent years, and we are going to continue to follow through on the completion.
I made it very clear that when it comes to infrastructure, you take care of what you've got and finish what you started and we are going to finish I 69. But we have also been working with local officials that the airport I landed in just a little bit ago ... that we are going to have an infrastructure for not only the players coming about but people coming in will have easy access to get to destinations in this area. I think it's an important part of the ongoing commitment in our state to really growing and prospering in this region.
Obviously Indiana, we have the best people in the world, but we also have the best location in America. One of the reasons why I think Ted is right about the turnout at this event, is the ease with which people can get to Indiana and around Indiana and enjoy this destination. We want to make sure the local infrastructure supports that in a way that people can take advantage of not only this event, but all of the great things that happen across Southwestern Indiana.
JULIUS MASON: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much for joining us today.