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PGA headed to Louisville in 2014

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The PGA is coming to Louisville for the third time in 2014, and city officials are talking about what happens next.

Hosting major tournaments is nothing new for Louisville.  Valhalla in eastern Jefferson County has hosted five tournaments since 1996, including the International Ryder Cup Competition. 

On Friday morning, Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer, along with PGA officials, announced the host committee to oversee the planning of all events around the tournament.  That includes everything from traffic control to activities for the general public to get involved in. 

Those committee members are:

Brett Sterba, PGA Championship Director
Kennedy Helm, Louisville attorney
Steve McMillen, Kentucky PGA section
Mary Ellen Wiederwohl , Mayor's Office
Monica Sheckles, Mayor's Office
Mike Maloney, Mayor's Office
Marty Storch, Louisville Metro Parks
Jim Wood, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Jamie Link, Office of Gov. Steve Beshear
Mike Mangeot, Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism 

Louisville has seen great success in hosting previous tournaments, and wants to continue that success.  "This tournament is not only a great sporting event," says Mayor Fischer, "it's also a chance for our city to shine once again in front of a global audience.  It's a big boost for our economy as well."  The mayor said that economic impact would amount to $80 million, with hotels and restaurants benefiting. 

The PGA also announced that it's giving $25,000 to the Shawnee Cultural Center in west Louisville for programs to help reduce youth violence.  It's the first such donation to be given to the mayor's initiative to reduce violence in Louisville.

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