Speaking at the the 2017 Senior PGA Championship Media Day, General Chair Eric Trump credited the tournament’s organizers, Loudoun County officials and volunteers for helping put together what will be one of Loudoun’s biggest sporting events ever on Memorial Day weekend.
“In Loudoun County, the most supportive county in the world, we really appreciate you guys,” said Trump, the second-youngest son of President Donald Trump. “You have made our lives easy, and that’s not always the case. You let us do what we do best, and let us show off the facilities that we have. Thank you, and thank you to the entire Board of Supervisors in the county and we owe you an immense debt of gratitude.”
Hosted at Trump International Hotel D.C., the media day also gave PGA professionals, officials and sponsors a chance to preview the four-day competition beginning May 25 at Trump National Golf Course in Sterling, as well as recognize the accommodations of its host. Supervisor Suzanne Volpe (R-Algonkian), whose district includes Trump National, said Loudoun is honored to host the high-profile tournament, the first of its kind in the county.
“Loudoun County is delighted to have the tournament come here,” Volpe said. “It’s been exciting. We know it will bring great economic benefit to the community. It will highlight the basic beauty we have in Loudoun County and I’m excited to be able to share it with so many people.”
PGA officials estimate the event will bring in around $30 million in related revenue for Loudoun. The tournament, one of the most prestigious in professional golf, will also feature 12 hours of live televisions coverage and is expected to attract hundreds of millions of viewers, giving an unprecedented global audience to a Loudoun County sporting event.
In advance of the tournament, the county has worked through years of preparations, including coordination with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Rescue and Virginia Department of Transportation. Those entities are also working with Dulles Airport to direct an estimated 50,0000 spectators that will park there before boarding shuttle buses to the course, located on the banks of the Potomac River. They will also work with One Loudoun, which is helping to facilitate parking for hundreds of volunteers.
“The other things that’s so amazing is the amount of people who have volunteered, our county staff that has gone above and beyond trying to help insure that this is going to be really smooth,” Volpe said. “It’s going to be a great team effort.”
The PGA granted its Senior Championship event to the course in 2012, several years before Donald Trump ran for president. Formally known as the Lowes Island Club, the Trump organization purchased the facility in 2009.
“It’s really one of the great courses anywhere in the world,” Eric Trump said. “The course is impeccable. We’re all going to be proud. The players are going to be proud. They’re going to love this experience.”
Rocco Mediate, last year’s Senior PGA champion, echoed that sentiment at the press conference.
“This is our major, so it’s going to be great, but it’s not going to be easy,” he said.