Hutchinson "On Course" for Women's U.S. Open

By: KAKE News
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The Men's U.S. Open is underway in Farmingdale, New York.

And in just two and a half weeks, the women will get their shot to compete in the championship, right here in Kansas.

Preparations are underway in Hutchinson, for the 2002 Women's U.S. Open.

Local golfers in Hutchinson only have time for a few more putts, before the women take over the greens.

The Women's U.S. Open begins July t. Organizer Liz Suter is making sure Prairie Dunes Golf Course is ready.

Suter said, "Phones are ringing off the hook, we've got people just working, lots of building going on."

Workers have almost finished building air conditioned tents and hospitality rooms. Enough grandstands to seat 6,000 fans already line the course.

And a truck is making it's way around Hutchinson with a sign reminding restaurants, hotels and retail owners that the big day is almost here and they're about to be bombarded with customers.

Convention and Visitors' Bureau director Olivia Reynolds says Hutchinson is used to large crowds. While this event won't draw in as many out-of-towners as the state fair, it is more prestigious.

Organizers are expecting about 100,000 people at the U.S. Open. They expect Reno County will make about $10 million from the event.

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