The world’s top golfers, anglers and race-car drivers will be in New York this week for three major championship events, Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted today, saying it will be a boom for upstate tourism.
From Thursday through Sunday, the PGA Championship runs at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester; the Bassmaster 2013 Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown on the St. Lawrence River is in Waddington, St. Lawrence County; and the NASCAR’s Cheez-It™ 355 is at The Glen in Watkins Glen, Schuyler County.
“This week, we are kicking off three major sporting championship events right here in New York with the PGA, Bassmasters and NASCAR in town,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Not only will this week’s events drive thousands of visitors and significant revenue to our upstate communities, but they will also put New York on an international stage and we are excited to showcase all what New York has to offer.”
Cuomo said the events will highlight New York as a tourist attraction and its made-in-New York products. The PGA Championship will feature a “Taste NY” Experience for New York products.
He said the tournament — which will feature Tiger Woods, pictured left last week practicing at Oak Hill, via the Democrat and Chronicle — will bring $78 million in economic impact to the region.
In Waddington, fishermen will compete through Sunday at the event. It will include a “Tastes and Talents of the North Country Festival,” fishing demonstrations and concerts.
The annual NASCAR event at “The Glen” has events starting Thursday, with races Saturday and Sunday.