USPGA potential economic boost for Newton

NEWTON, Kansas – The 89th U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship wrapped up Saturday. The first time event brought in hundreds of visitor’s who took over Newton.

City officials say 156 golfers, 60+ members of the U.S. Golf Association, and a host of family, friends, and supporters traveled from 43 states and 14 different countries for the biggest and highest profiled event  to hit Harvey county.

“They’ve taken over virtually every hotel room in the city for about 2 weeks. That has a significant impact,” said Assistant City Manager Tim Johnson.

The tournament potentially brought in half a million dollars, but Johnson says it is too soon to know if that’s the case. Still some like city commissioner Bob Smyth predicts the tournament’s presence has been great for local businesses.

“It has especially the way our economy is at the present time a tremendous effect for Newton and Harvey County,” said Smyth.” We’ve been down for so long in a recession we’re trying to climb out and there’s a lot of people hurting.”

Confident and secure, after two weeks of victories on the course and hopefully off , city officials now say this is only the beginning.

“This tournament has been a dream of ours and of the staff since this golf course opened in 2006 this is just a step in progression in a long journey,” said Johnson. “We will review how things went with this tournament and make plans to recruit other similar tournaments in the future.”

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