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posted: 9/7/2013 8:00 AM

Conway Farms PGA ticket to be the hottest in Lake County

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  • A sample ticket for the Conway Farm's BMW Championship in Lake Forest.

      A sample ticket for the Conway Farm's BMW Championship in Lake Forest.
    Courtesy Barry Cronin

 
 

Scoring a ticket to next week's BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest won't be nearly as rough as trying to get one to the Ryder Cup a year ago.

Still, organizers say the tournament featuring the top names in men's professional golf will be a hot ticket.

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"Ticket sales have been going great," said Barry Cronin, spokesman for the BMW Championship. "We are pleased so far with the ticket sales."

With the PGA Tour set to arrive in Chicago's northern suburbs for the first time in more than 40 years, fan excitement continues to be reflected in brisk ticket sales, Cronin said.

Tournament officials said tickets in most categories are still available for the 2013 BMW Championship, which runs Monday, Sept. 9 through Sunday, Sept. 15, at BMWChampionshipUSA.com or by calling (847) 724-4600.

The most popular ticket -- the Any One Day grounds tickets -- may be purchased online for $40, or for $55 at the gate.

Most tickets will be delivered via email, allowing patrons to print and present them at the tournament entrance.

Date-specific daily tickets also are available for purchase in the United Fairway Club, which features indoor seating and upgraded food and beverage options behind the 15th hole.

Those tickets are priced at $75 per day for Thursday and Friday, and $85 per day for Saturday and Sunday.

Weekly Badges for the United Fairway Club are still available at $195.

Practice round tickets for Monday through Wednesday are available for $10 each day. All week, juniors age 16 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult while active or retired military members will be admitted free any day of the tournament with status verified in advance.

The BMW Championship will showcase the talents of 70 of the world's top professional golfers, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and defending champion Rory McIlroy.

At stake is an $8 million purse, with $1.44 million going to the winner.

"We know Chicago's northern suburbs are a hotbed of golf, and having seen our excellent ticket and corporate hospitality sales over the last several months, I'd have to say that's a very accurate assessment," said Vince Pellegrino, vice president of tournaments for the Western Golf Association.

The last time a PGA Tour event came to the northern suburbs was in 1972, when the Western Open was played at Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northbrook.

To learn more, visit wgaesf.com.

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