South Carolina Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report.
The 2012 PGA golf championship is more than a year from now, but the PGA Director Brett Sterba says most of the tickets have already been sold, which he says is “unheard of.”
“This is the first one to ever be held in South Carolina. This is the 94th PGA Championship, and we sure to heck hope that there not 94 years before another one comes to South Carolina,” says Sterba.
Roger Warren, the Chairman of the PGA Championship and President of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, where the event will be held, says the tournament will have a dramatic economic impact on the state and region.
He says that the College of Charleston did an impact study that determined the direct economic impact to be about $92 million, and the impact the event will have on jobs will be around $26 million.
Also, PGA officials are reducing the number of tickets from the normal amount sold for major championships. Warren says the tickets are being limited to 30,000 rather than the normal 45,000 that other major championships see.
“We’ve done that specifically so that the quality of the experience for people at the tournament will be great.”
The 2012 PGA Championship will be held at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina on August 6-12, 2012.