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Final preps underway in Lancaster as U.S. Women's Open nears

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jun 1, 2015 2:33 PM
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After much discussion, officials decided Lancaster Country Club will keep it's original 1-18 hole configuration for U.S. Women's Open in July.

(Lancaster) -- The countdown is on at Lancaster Country Club, which is hosting the U.S. Women's Open in a matter of weeks. The major golf tournament is expected to bring some headaches, but also lots of spending to the area.

The pain is pretty well understood at this point - road closures around the club that could lead to traffic in other areas.

Championship Director Barry Deach expects up to 25,000 fans for each of the four rounds that start Thursday July 9th. The biggest crowd is expected that Friday.

He says about 90 percent of the ticket-buyers are from the region, so hotels may only see a slight boost -- but as for restaurants.

"Don't plan anything necessarily different. Just plan for it to be a good week. If there's an uptick, I'll take responsibility, but I can promise there's going to be an uptick. But in all likelihood, there's going to be an uptick," says Deach.

Deach says for a similar men's tournament, a study estimated the economic impact at $75 million.

"I think it's a fair estimate," he adds.

"But you've gotta take in not only what we do as a championship, but you have to look at the residuals of what happens when people learn about this thing for 18 hours on live television. It's the indirect impact that's more important."

Those 17 and under will be able to get into the tournament for free with a paying adult. A number of special initiatives are also getting introduced - on Wednesday, the final practice round day, juniors will be able to sit in designated areas on the actual course. Also, select girls will tend the 18 flagsticks that same day.

Meanwhile, the club's course is getting lots of tender loving care too, and officials have started identifying exact locations for the course's 18 holes.

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