Gainesville excited to welcome 2015 Tiger Woods PGA tournament
GAINESVILLE, VA. (WJLA) - A big-time PGA Golf tournament is on its way to the once-sleepy community of Gainesville, Va. - and it has the people who live there very excited.
"It will get a lot of attention to the area. I think it's wonderful," resident Greta Bravo told ABC7. "And we love sports and golf."
Tiger Woods had said previously he wanted to keep his tournament in the D.C. area - and the site in 2015 is the Robert Trent Jones course in Gainesville.
After what was a contentious vote Sunday night, members at the Congressional Country Club in Montgomery County, Md. voted to bring the Tiger Woods tournament back in even years between now and 2020.
The vote was by a two-to-one margin.
Those opposed said members have limited use of the golf club when the tournament is being played - but at Robert Trent Jones, the folks seem to like the attention.
"It does bring a lot of people to the community," said resident Charles Summers. "Gainesville is growing, and we like to show off a good asset. We have in a good golf course here."
Robert Trent Jones hasn't hosted a major PGA tournament since 2005. Local businesses seem to love the fact that thousands will be coming there over the course of the four- or five-day event.
"The real estate market is booming, and it gets people out to see this area and that it's beautiful and it's growing," said Amy O'Connor.
Rolande Summers said four or five days is a small price to pay.
"We can probably bear it for a week. If it were to be extended we probably wouldn't like it."