PGA Championship a team effort

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

HAVEN — Jason Mengel, 2015 PGA Championship director, is quick to point out that this golf major at Whistling Straits wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation and assistance of volunteers and various organizations.

“It’s not just the Kohler Co. and Whistling Straits [owned by the Kohler Co.] but also Sheboygan County, the state of Wisconsin, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Transportation and the Governor’s office,” said Mengel in a recent interview at Whistling Straits.

“We couldn’t run this event in the matter that we want to without the help of all of the organizations, all the way down to the Town of Mosel which is an important player. Everyone is involved.”

The PGA Championship will be held Aug. 10-16.

“The volunteers are a critical component of the PGA Champion- ship overall. All of the positions are filled. We needed 3,300 volunteers,” Mengel pointed out.

“Over 1,000 volunteers are coming back from 2010 [the last PGA held at Whistling Straits]. It’s great that we can benefit from the volunteers’ experience.”

Mengel said corporate sales for this year’s PGA Championship are up over the the 2010 PGA. There will be more corporate tents, skyboxes and chalets, and hospitality venues on the course than in 2010.

“Some work has gone on to allow us to bring infrastructure a little closer to the [golf] action. Our hospitality venues will be on the course. We’ve been able to move all of our infrastructure from a corporate standpoint onto the golf course,” he said.

Mengel said work on constructing the hospitality venues, chalets, etc. will start in June. The TV towers will go up in July. Vendors will get started on building the golf shop at the end of May.

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