Senior PGA Championship Tournament Preps Underway At Bellerive

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TOWN AND COUNTRY, MO (KTVI)-- The Senior PGA Championship Tournament in Town and Country is only weeks away.  It`s a big job to put on the event and security is always important, especially after the bombings in Boston.

At Bellerive Country Club crews are scrambling to prepare for the tournament which begins May 21st and runs through May 26th.

"We have actually had the championship office opened at Bellerive since November of 2011, there`s been a full time staff of seven of us now committing our professional lives to making this even a success," said tournament Director Jason Mengel.

Huge tents are being erected all over the place.  Some are for companies sponsoring the tournament, others are for businesses hosting guests.  The event is predicted to pump big bucks into the local economy.  Mengel said, "The Senior PGA Championship is usually in the neighborhood of 10 to 15 million dollars, that is hotels rooms and labor and you name it."

It takes hundreds of workers, many of them local, including tuck pointer James Cox. "It`s good to have business here, it`s good for the kids, pay the bills," he stated.

In light of the Boston bombings organizers are determined to make sure everything at the tournament is safe and secure. Local, state and federal law enforcement agents are working on the security plan.  It`s something they`ve been doing for more than a year.

Mengel said, "We had a meeting last week we kind of reviewed our plan, we felt good where we are all at we`ll make a couple tweaks here and there as details continue to come out."

No backpacks are permitted.  Purses cannot be too large.  Police say there no threats against the tournament.  Tickets for the events are still available, go to for more information.

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