FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – – The golf tournament that brought thousands of people as well as dollars to Fort Wayne wrapped up Sunday evening.
The Web.com Tour kicked off Thursday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. This was the first year the tournament has been held in Fort Wayne, and the final day of the tournament attracted the most spectators.
“I think it’s been a huge success,” said Bill Bean, who played in the Pro-Am on Wednesday and came out to watch several days of the tournament. “I mean just look around at the crowds we have out here, the quality of players.”
People associated with the tournament were happy to watch the growth over the four days.
“We knew what an exciting event this was going to be for Fort Wayne, and it has been really neat to see as the days progress, the word getting out and more people coming out,” said Marilyn Lahr, the president of Hotel Fitness, the company that sponsored the tournament.
Even though there is no final headcount, tournament organizers said attendance was probably 5,000 for the final day. People and players also came from all over to participate in the tournament.
“We talked to people from Oregon and Michigan, a lot of people from Indianapolis, South Bend,” said John Felts, from Visit Fort Wayne.
Organizers said they learned a lot from the first year. They’ll also be incorporating fan feedback into the set up for the tournament next year.
“You’ll see a little bit more fan engagement out here in the future as we can get more creative once we get the nuts and bolts in place,” said Sally White, the tournament manager.
The tournament has a three year contract to be held at Sycamore Hills.
“We’re looking forward to it coming back next year bigger and better,” Lahr said.
The second round of four for the tournament will begin next week in Davidson, North Carolina.