Crowd goes wild

The crowd cheers as Team USA is formally introduced last week.

Wow, what a week!

The Ryder Cup is now history.

From Sept. 27-Oct. 2, the eyes of the world were on Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.

Many volunteers, public safety crews and local employees deserve plaudits for the extra work they put in during — as well as before and after — the tournament.

The 19th Hole Celebration was a blast, and helped showcase downtown to visitors from around the world. Hopefully, it also boosted local business — which has been problematic during past tournaments.

And, the name “Chaska” was spread far and wide. (Although, it could have been mentioned even more. “Minneapolis Suburban Area,” or however we were sometimes classified, doesn’t exactly pass muster.)

Regardless, it speaks to planning and hard work that 250,000 fans came to Chaska and had a good time, while being kept safe by local police, fire, EMT and public works crews.

The best endorsements came from visitors from around the world.

“Thanks for having us. We’ve had a blast,” said Tim Meaney, one of a group of four New Jersey golf fans visiting Firemen’s Park last week during the 19th Hole Celebration.

“Really, Chaska has been good to us,” chimed in friend Bob Patten.

“I must say everyone’s so welcoming and the hospitality is brilliant,” said Brian Lane, of Cork, Ireland, who was enjoying the Ryder Cup on big screens in Firemen’s Park.

“It’s just a dream come true to be here really,” he said.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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