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GREENS MONSTER: OAKLAND HILLS AWARDED THE 2003 RYDER CUP

          Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, MI, was
     selected as the site for the 2003 Ryder Cup and the 2008 PGA
     Championship, according to John Niyo of the DETROIT NEWS. 
     Oakland Hills beat out the Colonial Country Club in Ft.
     Worth and Medinah Country Club in Chicago, which received
     the 2011 Ryder Cup (DETROIT NEWS, 10/20).  PGA CEO Jim
     Awtrey "estimates the Ryder Cup will generate" $50-70M for
     the host city, compared to $40-60M generated by a PGA
     Championship (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 10/20).  Oakland Hills
     execs expect crowds of 35,000 throughout the weeklong Ryder
     Cup tournament.  Senior Economist at Comerica Inc. David
     Littmann said that the '96 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills
     "brought in about" $15M to Metro Detroit, $6M on ticket
     sales alone.  Littmann: "We estimated that there was more
     than $1 million spent on hotels" (DETROIT NEWS, 10/20).
          OTHER SITES: The Medinah Country Club was awarded the
     2006 PGA Championship, while the 2007 Cup was awarded to
     Valhalla Golf Club in KY (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 10/20). 
          RYDER BUCKS: The PGA of America announced that it will
     allocate $13M from each Ryder Cup "to a new outreach
     program," the PGA Tour and an endowment for PGA professional
     education (Jayne Custred, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/20). 

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