More than 70,000 people filled up the stands at the Minnehaha Country Club over the past several days to take in the inaugural Sanford International.
While the first half of the event was plauged by heavy rain, that didn’t discourage people and participants from having a good time.
“This is the Sanford International City. We’ve got tens of thousands of pounds of scaffolding to build all these structures to keep things upright and moving,” Greg Conrad said.
“We were trying to figure out a way to see if we could get a little bit more notoriety for Sanford Health and tell the rest of the world some of the wonderful things we’re doing here and we talked about different ways to do it and we got to talking about a golf tournament. And thought, shoot, they’ll support this and it’s been unbelievable from a sponsorship standpoint, from ticket sales. I think we’re going to have an unbelievable week,” Andy North said.
“Take a look at the radar right now, we’re still seeing showers and thunderstorms across the area. The big picture here is all of this is moving out. We’re going to see one more round tonight and all of that should clear out,” Grant Smith, KELOLAND Meteorologist, said.
“We had talked about it as a team and felt like we needed all the help we could get to get the water off the golf course. And nothing like bringing in a giant fan from above, and wouldn’t cause any harm to the golf course. We were really looking to get the water off the course. Not necessarily dry it out, just get the big puddles off and it was very effective,” Conrad said.
“Welcome again to the Sanford International, presented by Cambria. Our honorary observers for the 11:40 tee time are Mike Von Bergen and Jacob Von Bergen, each from right here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota,” Fossing said.
“First on the tee, from Los Angeles, California, Corey Pavin,” Fossing said.
“Next up from Greenville, South Carolina, Jay Haas,” Sammi Bjelland said. “With the 11 o’clock tee time from Mexicali, Mexico, Esteban Toledo.”
“It’s great. It’s great. You know, you run…walk right up next to them. Almost walking right into Stricker. You know, I was walking one way and he was coming another, and I didn’t see him. And…says, ‘you almost ran into that man,” Fan said.
“It turned out to be a fabulous day. My guess is you don’t realize how good these golfers are until you see them in person. You see them on TV all the time and you just don’t realize how good they are and how personable they are until you actually meet one,” Fan said.
“Today is for a different purpose. Today is Sioux Falls. It’s to raise some money. It’s to bring awareness and grow the game of golf in this area,” Jack Nicklaus said.
“It was all we wanted, I’m telling you. When the wind came up, the course played very challenging and very tough and it’s I can’t wait to see it under firm conditions. It’s a great test. And my buddy Andy North…I’m glad I won this tournament,” Steve Stricker said.