Greensboro, NC -- The 74th annual Wyndham Championship PGA tournament events commenced Monday at 9 a.m. at Sedgefield Country Club with the first tee time for the Kevin Harvick Foundation Pro Am. Four-person groups of amateur golfers have donated money to the foundation (which benefits underprivileged children) in order to play with professional golfers-including Chris Dimarco and Jerry Kelly.
Wyndham director Mark Brazil told News 2 that this year's Wyndham offers a variety of activities that will provide enjoyment for all spectators, including those who are not avid golf fans. He referenced the Margaritaville tent, located near the Sedgefield Country Club clubhouse, and an "adventure zone" with a rock wall and fun houses. There also is a sweepstakes located at the 10th hole and an area by the entrance at which spectators can hit golf balls with Golfsmith personnel.
Brazil advised spectators to watch the tournament from what he calls the "sweet spot" at the 15th hole, where spectators can see three holes from one location.
Brazil said he expects a large turnout this year and is pleased with the field--which includes of a number of accomplished professional golfers, including Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedecker and K.J. Choi. Brazil said the Wyndham generates $20-$30 million each year.
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Hooper talked with News 2 Monday and said research shows the golf industry generates $2.3 billion for the state each year. She said the Wyndham tournament significantly stimulates the city of Greensboro's economy each year. She said the golf industry is not the only business that profits during the Wyndham. She affirmed local car rental dealerships, hotels, restaurants and real estate also do well.
Hooper advised all spectators with businesses to bring business cards with them when they attend the tournament. She said the Wyndham provides a great opportunity to network and meet prospective clients or employers.
The Wyndham Championship staff has asked all spectators to abide by the general rules and regulations in place this year. Cell phones are permitted, but they must be on silent throughout the tournament. If spectators need to make or answer a call, they must go to designated calling zones-located in concession stand areas.
Video cannot be recorded at any time this week, and video cameras are not permitted. Spectators can take photos on their phones and regular cameras through Wednesday, but still cameras must fit in a case that is six by six by six inches. All purses, cases and other items are subject to inspection upon entering the Wyndham.
Tickets can be picked up at the will call located by the first hole. Tickets still are available for purchase. Tuesday's practice day tickets are $15 per person, and individual tickets for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday cost $30. A ticket that can be used on any day is $40, and a weekly ticket book is $100. Tickets are available for purchase at Triad-area Harris Teeter stores, at Golfsmith or at the Wyndham Championship tournament office.
The Wyndham Championship is offering free admission to youth ages 15 and under who accompany a ticketed adult. One youth will be admitted per one adult. On Wednesday through Sunday, Triad teachers of grades K through 12 will get free admission with a valid school ID and can bring one guest. Triad first responders get free admission with one guest each, as well as military members, reservists and veterans with military ID cards. Their immediate families who accompany them can get free admission, as well.
Spectators can park at the premier lot on High Point Road for $5. Handicap parking is located in the VIP parking lot near the clubhouse. From Thursday through Sunday, the public can park in the Greensboro Coliseum for $7 or at the premier lot for $10. Shuttles start at 8 a.m. Monday, 7 a.m. Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. Wednesday through Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Practice rounds for professional golfers start Tuesday, and Wednesday will be the New Breed Logistics Pro Am at designated tee times. Tournament play will begin Thursday at 7 a.m.
The Wyndham Championship has an app for the iPhone and the Android. "WC Mobile" is available for free download and provides easy-to-access information about parking, directions, sponsors and tickets.