Senior Open Brings $20 Million To Omaha

Bill Steckis

OMAHA (KPTM)- $5 Million per day. That's what the four days of competitive golf brought into businesses in Omaha. "We are saying that it's about a twenty million dollar economic impact to the City of Omaha," said Matt Sawicki, United States Golf Association Director of Championships.

Sawicki stated that in the 34 years of the U.S. Senior Open, the economic impact to Omaha ranks in the top five all time.

"There are so many factors that go into economic impact from corporate support to the local vendors, ticket sales, and when the city looks at the hotel taxes earned, they will be surprised," added Sawicki.

Omaha was selected six years ago to host the 2013 Senior Open.

"We knew it would be successful and we hope the Omaha Country Club extends an invitation to us in the future," said Sawicki.

The Senior Open is booked through 2016. The tour moves to different venues each year. The earliest date the tournament could return to Omaha is 2017.

"I hope we do get an invitation from Omaha in the future.I know it will be a home run again," said Sawicki.

The total purse for players was $2.8 million. The winner, Kenny Perry took home $500,000.00.