6.18.2009

Is this the last year the PGA will come to Milwaukee?

If Kevin at Lakeshore Laments is correct, and I'm afraid he is, then it will be a sad day for Milwaukee and indeed a sad day for golf.

The PGA Tour has been coming to Brew City every year since 1955. The tournament has been known by many names, but it will always be the GMO to me. It was the first PGA Tour event I ever attended. It has always been a chance to showcase our state in a sport that every person can play.

The crowds in Milwaukee are not stuffy, they are loud and boisterous and respectful. It's a Brewers game, just in a different setting.

But it is sad that the PGA is slowly killing the GMO. A look at its past winners shows how sad this is. Legends like Ken Venturi, Greg Norman, Lee Elder, and Calvin Peete have all won here. Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Lee Trevino finished as runners-up.

It's a tournament with great history and better fans. I hope someone, something, somehow comes to it's rescue. Maybe the savior of Wisconsin golf, Herb Kohler could do it? Maybe someone else?