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Presidents Cup Trophy Tour

Dublin launches year of promoting event

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Dublin City Council members (from left) Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher, John Reiner, Mayor Tim Lecklider, Richard Gerber, Amy Salay, Michael Keenan and Cathy Boring will be on hand at the Tuesday, Oct. 2, Presidents Cup Trophy Tour Launch in Historic Dublin.
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Dublin will celebrate the coming of the Presidents Cup Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The 2013 Presidents Cup Trophy Tour Launch and Celebration is slated for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at BriHi Square in Historic Dublin, one year before the event will bring international golfers and thousands of fans to the city.

"We are pleased to work with Muirfield Village Golf Club and the PGA Tour on the one-year launch of the Presidents Cup," Mayor Tim Lecklider said in a news release from the city. "This marks the beginning of an incredible one-year journey for the Dublin community and the greater Columbus region."

City council members and staff will be on hand to talk with residents about the golf event and how it can be used to benefit Dublin.

"When people come down, they can get their picture taken (with the Presidents Cup trophy). We want to hear from them and get other ideas they have," said Sandra Puskarcik, Dublin's director of community relations. "We're gathering input."

Dublin held a roundtable discussion on the Presidents Cup Aug. 21 to gather ideas on how to promote the event and use it to showcase the city.

Residents have also been submitting ideas to the city via email, Puskarcik said, and another meeting is planned to keep the community involved.

"We have a second date for the next public meeting, Nov. 29," she said. "We want, at that time, to present a summary of the community town hall meeting.

"We also had an employee town hall meeting," she said. "We've been getting comments from people in the community via email. We'll present that report to council and share the findings with the community then."

At the town hall meeting, residents and members of the business community provided ideas on where the Presidents Cup Trophy Tour should stop, how to welcome visitors to the community and how to promote the golf event in the coming months.

"We did get a lot of feedback on what we should be doing throughout the year to welcome the Presidents Cup to Dublin," Puskarcik said.

At the free Oct. 2 event, residents will hear from Lecklider, Presidents Cup executive director Matt Kamienski and Presidents Cup tournament director Dan Sullivan at 5:15 p.m.

Bagpipers will provide music and Historic Dublin restaurants will offer samples of food.

The evening event will close out a daylong celebration.

From 7 to 9:15 a.m. Oct. 2, the Greater Columbus Sports Commission will hold the Morning Sports Report with Presidents Cup captains Fred Couples and Nick Price and former captains Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

A press conference is planned at Muirfield Village Golf Club in the afternoon.

"It's a daylong launch," Puskarcik said. "We're ending it with the cup at BriHi Square."

 

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