Golf pros, music, and lots of volunteers; the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open is back once again.
The Binghamton tournament usually draws some big crowds. Monday begins a week of activities, including the start of practice rounds, at the En-Joie golf course in Endicott as everything is set up for a week of pros on the fairways.
During the tournament, you can see 78 golfers, including pros like Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer, and Vijay Singh. The executive director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open says it's been more than 1,000 days since they have hosted an event this large, going back to 2019. The first round of the tournament will begin on Friday. On Saturday, admission to the tournament will be free.
“The excitement level here, not only between the staff, the volunteers, and within our community as a whole I think its great watching it build up,” said John Karedes, executive director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Karedes says workers have been setting up the bleachers, tents and platforms for a month, and they will still be here for about 20 days after the tournament ends to tear it down.
Zac Brown Band will be taking the stage on the 18th hole on Friday at 8 p.m., playing their greatest hits. According to Ticketmaster, general admission tickets are still for sale for $85.
Karedes also says one of their recent economic impact studies of the tournament shows it brings $16.2 million into the area.