Packing Up 2007 Dick's Sporting Goods Open

By Jon Bruce

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 16, 2007 at 7:12 PM EDT

Professional golf came roaring back at En-joie Golf Club.

The inaugural Dick's Sporting Goods Open brought with it big names and huge crowds.

Tournament Director Mike Norman spent months planning and preparing.

"It was absolutely fantastic we had unbelievable weather , an unbelievable field and a fantastic winner," says Norman.

A first time winner on the Champions Tour took home the trophy.

Just 24 hours ago the gallery at the 18th hole applauded as R.W. Eaks won the first ever Dick's Sporting Goods Open championship.

Now all that remains are the memories and the monumental task of cleaning up.

A task that falls to rental companies and volunteers.

They will spend three or four days working around the clock to get En-Joie ready to open to the public again.

"Just look around and you can see the water bottles. You can see the garbage all over the course that needs to be picked up. We have to take all of the tents down, all of the ropes down. We could sit here and talk for 15 minutes about all of the stuff that needs to be done," says Norman.

Taylor Rental is in charge dismantling.

"We're just taking down these tents that we set up during the week. Its hard work," says Brian Willis of Taylor Rental.

Volunteers pack up the souvenirs and merchandise.

"We're just about done here, we have everything in boxes to go back to the mall store," says volunteer Lorane Krzyzewski.

Waiting to be unpacked next year when the Dick's Sporting Goods Open returns in July 2008.

While exact attendance numbers are not available, organizers say turnout is on par with past BC Open events.

The 2008 Dick's Sporting Goods Open will run the week of June 30th through July 6th.

There will be a fire works display after the first round of play on July 4th.

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