Medinah starts construction Tuesday
On Tuesday, Medinah Country Club will begin construction in preparation for the 2012 Ryder Cup, tournament director Michael Belot told the Sun-Times.
"This could be the biggest build we've ever done," Belot said. "We're a couple months out, so it's go time."
That's, in part, because they've already sold 76 of the 77 hospitality chalets. The previous high was in the low 60s, Belot said.
The Ryder Cup is Sept. 25-30.
On Saturday, more than 100 junior golfers from the Chicago Park District and The First Tee of Greater Chicago golf programs competed in the Ryder Cup Youth Skills Challenge, a free, summer-long skills competition that will culminates in a final showdown at the Ryder Cup.
The event was hosted by Taylor Made and Adidas.
Every registered junior participant receives one practice round ticket for themselves and a guardian. The male and female champions in each age group will receive VIP treatment at the Ryder Cup, as well as additional prizes.
We've had wonderful weather and today has been good. The preparations are absolutely ramping up.
It's just going to get busier from here on out.
We're going to have a press announcement soon, on June 18, with the Bears and Packers. Ryder Cup style event at Medinah. Prelim event, to see what those guys are made of.
"The event went well," said Bill Ibrahim, of Illinois PGA. "Everyone in Illinois is so excited about us hosting the first Ryder Cup in the state. It's going to be the largest attended event, ever in the world. So it says a lot about Chicago and the citizens, and how well everyone is embracing the event."
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