Countdown to the U.S. Women’s Open

You can’t attend a sporting event with national ramifications without buying some commemorative merchandise. Add in the fact that it’s being held in your hometown, and you will definitely need to buy something that displays the logo!

Of course, I’m referring to the U.S. Women’s Open, which will be held at Lancaster Country Club (LCC) May 28-June 2. This marks the encore visit for the golf tournament, as it was first held at LCC in 2015 and broke attendance and viewing records. Julie Pine of the United State Golf Association (USGA) has been onsite at LCC for the last few weeks and says the response to the tournament’s return to Lancaster has been stupendous. “I have a feeling some new records are going to be set,” she says.

The USGA is providing Lancaster residents with a special treat over Memorial Day weekend. The Merchandise Pavilion will be open to the public this Saturday (May 25) and Sunday (May 26) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

On Thursday, crews were putting the final touches on the 6,800 square-foot tent that will be filled with merchandise from 25 manufacturers including Peter Millar, G/FORE, Adidas, Vineyard Vines, Ahead, Imperial, Under Armour, Blue 84 and Tervis Tumbler. In addition to apparel (for men, women and kids), you name it, and you’ll probably find it: blankets, towels, golf balls, garden flags, Christmas ornaments, glassware, pottery (courtesy of Bujno Pottery in Adamstown), umbrellas, chairs, carryalls, wall art and the list goes on. (If you have a golfer on your holiday gift list, here’s a chance to start your shopping early). Another bonus: you won’t have to tote your purchases all over the golf course during the tournament (especially since all parking is offsite).

All items bear the logo for this year’s event. Julie shares that the logo is somewhat different from past years. “Usually, the logo includes the host club’s logo, but Lancaster Country Club wanted it to be about the community,” she explains. Hence, the USGA came up with a floral motif that might be described as a “Dutchy” red rose.

This is crunch time for the USGA. While crews turn LCC into golf central, others are hard at work at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina, which will be hosting the U.S. Open June 13-16, as well as at the Newport Country Club in California, where the U.S. Senior Open will be played June 27-30. “This is a year-round operation,” says Julie of the planning that is needed to successfully present events of this size. It’s obvious LCC has done its part, as the grounds look spectacular, thanks in part to the “birdie” (in the form of plenty of  rain) that was provided by Mother Nature.

Ticket Information: USGA.org

Parking for May 25 and 26 is on the grounds of the club in the Sunset Six Lot. Hours each day are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1466 New Holland Pike.

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