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Governor Ernie Fletcher Travels to Michigan to Meet with Ryder Cup Officials
Press Release Date:  September 16, 2004

Doug Hogan
Jeannie Lausche
Jason Keller


Planning To Begin On the 37th Ryder Cup Being Held At Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club

Frankfort, KY: Today, Governor Ernie Fletcher traveled to Michigan to meet with Ryder Cup officials to begin planning for the 2008 event. Members of the Kentucky planning committee will accompany the Governor and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson to survey the location, and see how the event is managed.

Governor Fletcher told Ryder Cup officials that “the decision to hold the 37th bi-annual event in Louisville marks a tremendous opportunity for economic development in Kentucky.  In reviewing Michigan’s organizational efforts we will ensure Ryder Cup’s Louisville event will go off flawlessly.”

“The Ryder Cup provides Kentucky with a unique opportunity to showcase all the wonderful attributes our great state has to offer,” stated Governor Fletcher. “The Ryder Cup will bring hundreds of thousands of people to the Commonwealth, generating millions of dollars for not only the Louisville area, but also to the many great tourist locations throughout Kentucky.  Furthermore, with 23 hours of international television coverage, the world renowned event puts Kentucky in the international spotlight.”

The Ryder Cup Matches span a total of 34 competitions over 77 years. The Cup, which prides itself as one of the last great sporting events founded on prestige rather than prize money, brings together the top U.S. and European golfers for the four-day long event. 

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Last updated: Thursday, June 02, 2005