It's hard to believe but it is already that time of year again -- the time when all eyes in the sporting world turn their attention to Dublin, Ohio, USA, for the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
We at the city take pride in this opportunity to shine, and I hope you do, too. This is a chance for the golfers, media and other visitors to see what makes our community so special.
Our vision in Dublin is to be a global city of choice. The tournament brings visitors from throughout the world and opens the door to global opportunities for us.
It's no coincidence Dublin's exponential growth began around the same time Jack Nicklaus constructed Muirfield. I believe the course Jack built will continue to help position us for success for decades to come.
Being in the global spotlight is far from the only reason why we appreciate the Memorial Tournament. Since Nicklaus founded it in 1976, the tournament has raised more than $27 million dollars for central Ohio charities.
One of the big ways Dublin partners with the Memorial Tournament in raising money for charity is through the annual benefit concert.
Since its inception in 2007, the concert has raised more than $925,000 for the Memorial Tournament Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
We're also a proud partner of the FORE! Miler presented by OhioHealth. The race serves as a kick off to the Memorial Tournament and is a fundraiser that highlights and benefits the alliance between the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The race will get underway at 7 tonight, May 25, and will follow a route that starts and ends at Muirfield Village Golf Club.
I encourage you to take part in the fun by getting out and cheering on all of the participants who are running for such a great cause.
I also want to thank the residents along the race route for their patience and support of the event.
Topping everything off next week is the world-class golf. This year's field includes commitments from Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth.
The field is considered to be one of the strongest fields this year outside the majors and World Golf Championships. It's pretty special to think an event this prestigious takes place in our own backyard.
As you make plans to attend the tournament, be sure to check out DublinOhioUSA.gov for a breakdown of some new fan destinations at Muirfield.
And remember, you can get the latest traffic information during tournament week through the city of Dublin Twitter page (@DublinOhio) and on 1610 AM radio.
We are very honored to have such a strong relationship with the Memorial. I'm looking forward to another year of fond memories at Muirfield Village Golf Club, and I hope you are too.
Dublin City Manager Dana McDaniel submitted the City Manager's Notes column.