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Final preparations underway in French Lick for Senior PGA Championship

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FRENCH LICK, Ind. (WDRB) -- It has been more than nine decades since French Lick has hosted a PGA championship. Now, the resort is getting ready for 25,000 people to fill the course the Senior PGA Championship happening May 19-24.

Inside the West Baden Hotel, enchanting harp music welcomes people to relax. Outside, others kick back in a rocking chair to enjoy the afternoon. What the guests do not see, is the hustle and bustle behind the scenes, especially on the golf course. 

"Oh, it's exciting, we've been waiting 91 years for a national championship like this to come to the valley," said Brendan Sweeney, Director of Golf Media Relations and Player Development.

Sweeney says a team with the PGA has been at French Lick for a year and a half preparing. "From tip to tail of this whole golf course it's pretty close to nine miles. You have people that are very specific on where each rope goes, everything's mapped out from where the concessions stands are to where the outhouses go."

Crews have already set up hospitality venues, concessions and a blank leader board. Nineteen different countries will be represented in this year's championship.

Inside the French Lick Springs Hotel, a countdown clock adds intensity. "It's a major event, it's a major sporting event, when you talk about influxing 25,000 people over a four-day period, that's a lot of bodies coming into our area," said Joseph Vezzoso, Vice President of Resort Operations.

Vezzoso says it is all hands on deck for the 1500 workers at the resort. It is a big time to shine as 260 million households in 160 different countries will tune in on TV. 

"Hopefully after we show them what we can do, we can have them come back in future years," Vessozo said.

Tickets are still available. Military members can get in for free with their military ID and the can bring family and guests.

More: 2015 Senior PGA Championship planned May 21-24 at French Lick Resort

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