Friday February 3, 2006
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced the formation of the Louisville Ryder Cup Task Force. Abramson named 16 citizens who will serve on a volunteer committee to coordinate the city’s efforts to prepare for and host the 2008 Ryder Cup golf matches.
"The Ryder Cup puts Louisville on the world’s stage for professional golf once again," Abramson said. "I’ve asked this task force to ensure that the attendees, golfers, organizers and media are ‘wow-ed’ with Louisville, and that our entire community reaps the maximum economic impact from this international event."
Louisville will host the 37th Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club in September 2008. Considered one of the world’s preeminent golf events, the Ryder Cup pits a team of the top U.S. golfers against a European team. The event is held every two years at alternating locations in the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. last hosted the Ryder Cup in 2004 at Oakland Hills Country Club outside Detroit. The Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau reported that the event generated $114 million in economic impact to the area.
Abramson appointed Kentucky Harvest founder Stan Curtis to chair the committee. Curtis led the community’s efforts to host the 1996 and 2000 PGA Championships, which drew record crowds to Valhalla.
"For Louisville to be selected for this premiere event is an extraordinary coup and honor, and we will work to ensure our community’s best foot is forward as host," Curtis said. "Every citizen of Louisville will benefit from this event."
Other committee members, listed with their place of employment, include:
• Paul Costel, Chase Bank
• Frank Curnutte, Meijer
• John Hamilton, Crowe Chizek
• Julie Hardesty, County Attorney’s Office
• Dennis Heishman, Old National Bank
• Steve Langford, WAVE-3 Television
• Dave Nelson, SHPS
• Joe Reagan, Greater Louisville Inc.
• Norm Risen, Triple R Realty
• Russ Scott, Military Liaison to Greater Louisville Inc.
• Gail Strange, retired Brown & Williamson executive
• William Summers IV, Louisville Metro Deputy Mayor
• Pattie Swope, Sam Swope Auto Group
• Mark Wheeler, U.S. Bank
• Karen Williams, Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau