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Thunderbirds Plan for Record Proceeds at 2017 Open

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Thunderbirds Plan for Record Proceeds at 2017 Open
Source: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Golf, at times, is characterized as a patient, slow and quiet sport. However, the Thunderbirds host the 2017 TPC Waste Management Phoenix Open with plans to break the record high for this year’s amount of money raised in proceeds.

Construction of the Waste Management Phoenix Open begins for the annual golf tournament on the PGA TOUR at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course. The 2017 calendar is released with the tournament’s events and activities beginning on Jan. 30, 2017.

The week-long tournament, deemed by the public as the “Greatest Show on Grass,” nears its 82nd year bringing in fans and golfers from around the world. The 2016 WM event had the highest count of attendees and the largest donation sum collected among the years.

The tournament hosted by the Thunderbirds, formed in 1937 when the Chamber of Commerce created a special events committee. Nearly 80 years later, the Thunderbirds raised the record high in proceeds in 2016 to benefit 250 local non-profit organizations, as stated in the Thunderbirds Charities funding guidelines.

“The Phoenix Open has become more of a fun annual weekend event to attend, rather than personally attending the event, I now typically watch it at home,” PGA Professional Bob Blean said. “Regardless of it becoming more of a college event, last year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open collected the largest amount of charitable donations.”

Thunderbirds Charities was established in 1986 to grant funds generated from the WM event, mainly of which are for programs that benefit youth and families.

The 2016 WM event raised $9.3 million in proceeds, according to the statistics and records book of the WM Phoenix open. Some of the recent beneficiaries include Phoenix Children’s Hospital, First Tee of Phoenix, Special Olympics Arizona, Homeward Bound, Boys & Girls Clubs and the YMCA, according to Thunderbirds Charities.

In addition to the money raised, the 2016 event drew 618,365 fans over the course of the week, as stated in the WM statistics and records book in attendance history.

“It’s all about the 16th hole and having the memories from that,” WM Phoenix Open yearly spectator, Adam Schroeder, said. “I enjoy following golf, but when you make it into the crowd for the 16th hole, people don’t seem to be paying much attention to the game”.

The WM Phoenix Open’s  website provides tips for spectators as well as a media guide.

“I know it gets a little wild out there and I don’t mind it becoming more of a party scene, I feel that the Waste Management Phoenix Open generates exposure for the game of golf,” professional golfer and former TPC Scottsdale caddy, Aaron Rogers, said.“It’s finally not just a bunch of old guys whispering quietly to each other, people can have a fun time while watching players in an exciting game.”

The WM website declares the Waste Management Phoenix Open as the best-attended golf tournament in the world and now has a legendary status for being known as the most unique spot on the entire PGA TOUR.

“While organizing one of the finest stops on the PGA TOUR is paramount for The Thunderbirds, at the end of the day what really brings joy to our nearly 300-person membership is to see the tremendous impact the tournament has on the community,” said Andy Markham, 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman.

The tournament begins on Feb. 2, 2017, but the activities and events start three days before. Tickets for the week-long tournament are currently for sale four months in advance.

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