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Snap Poll: Major tournaments a great opportunity to showcase the region

Rochester loves its golf—and its golf tournaments. A large majority of respondents to this week’s RBJ Snap Poll view major golf tournaments as important to the Rochester region.

PGA of America officials last week announced Oak Hill Country Club will host the 80th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in 2019.

Oak Hill Country Club (Photo by Kerry Feltner)

Oak Hill Country Club (Photo by Kerry Feltner)

This marks the second time the Senior PGA Championship will be held on the Pittsford club’s East Course.

The East Course has staged three previous PGA Championships—2013, 2003 and 1980—and is slated to host another PGA Championship in 2023 for the fourth time, which ties the record. In 1995, Oak Hill was the site of the 31st Ryder Cup.

Oak Hill’s golf course was designed by golf architect Donald Ross over nine decades ago. The first Senior PGA Championship held at Oak Hill was in 2008 when Jay Hass won the tournament.

“We’re thrilled to return the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship to Oak Hill Country Club,” said Paul Levy, president of PGA of America. “The support we receive from Oak Hill’s membership and the Rochester community’s collective enthusiasm for golf are remarkable. As for the East Course, it provides a historical context that is rivaled by few in our sport.”

A total of 89 percent of respondents to this week’s poll says such tournaments are important or very important to the region. Just 3 percent view them as unimportant.

More than 500 readers participated in this week’s poll, which was conducted May 2 and 3.

How do you view the Rochester area being the site of major golf tournaments?

  • Very important to region  61 percent
  • Important to region  28 percent
  • Somewhat important  8 percent
  • Not important  3 percent


Any positive event that draws national or global attention to our wonderful city is good for Rochester.

—Rich Calabrese Jr., Rochester

Great! Something positive for the area. Nice to see people come from all over to an event here, exploring and spending their hard-earned money.

—Jennifer Apetz

These types of events offer a tremendous opportunity to showcase products, beverages, food and other amenities the region has to offer to a diverse and often wealthy tourism base. An event such as this one creates activity that drives business to restaurants, shops and hotels that generates critical revenue for the area. Tourism dollars continue to be an important contributor to the health and future success of this region and the state.

—Keith Newcomer

Anything that brings revenue to our area is important. It showcases our city along with a high-quality golf course which Oak Hill certainly is.

—Bob Cherry

Much as I’m not a lover of golf personally, and there are occasional short-term inconveniences for residents, these events bring in millions in tourism dollars and expose the beauty of our region to the entire world. They provide a positive story about Rochester that makes it attractive as a business and tourism destination. That’s valuable and excellent PR for our city.

—Lee Drake, CEO, OS-Cubed Inc.

I think these tournaments are great for our area. Golf is very popular around here as evidenced by the number of golf courses in the region. It’s a great way to put Rochester in the limelight in a positive way. —George Thomas, Ogden

Great event for the whole area. I have volunteered at all the PGA events previously and will do so again. Great for Rochester!

—Mike Masiello

I personally think this is a great way to showcase Rochester/Upstate N.Y. to the world. It is a money maker for small businesses especially. Think about the hotel rooms rentals, food, beverage, car rentals etc. that will be used during that week. It is worth millions to the region.

—Gary Baker, CEO, Cochran, Cochran & Yale

Major golf tournaments are essential for business, tourism and publicity for any city. It brings in wanted revenue and is a positive stimulus for the area. The political leaders of the city of Rochester lost prestige and revenue by not keeping the LPGA Tournament. What a blunder. My new community, Hilton Head Island, was about to lose its golf tournament. The town worked hard and secured backers to keep the tournament. Next year will be the 50th year of the Hilton Head Island PGA tournament. This town recognized the economic benefit of a golf tournament.  Where is the government of the city of Rochester? Yes, keep bringing in golf tournaments. The economic benefits are enormous.

—Robert Metzger, CPA

Not only does this event generate substantial regional economic gain, but also brings the community together to show the world what a great challenge Oak Hill presents and the support from the great ROC golf community.

—Hugh Rundle, Webster

This is a no brainer!  We need to work to get more here…regular tour stop?

—Joe Dattilo

I’m not a fan of golf, but I understand that large tournaments like this one bring a lot of money into the area.

—Ken Maher

Rochester is not a “major league” city in terms of professional teams or college teams, and that’s OK, but we are at the top with Oak Hill’s East Course. So, to the extent it can be used by major tournaments, this is a good thing.

—Carlos Mercado

These events bring visitors from all over the region/country. Oak Hill does a class job!

—Matt Connolly

What kind of a question is that? It’s awesome!

—John Midolo, RCM Strategies LLC

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  1. This is so timely – I’m working on a short article for one of the area magazines about golf in our region!

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