Officials call 2012 Wells Fargo Championship another success
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CHARLOTTE — After a full year of preparations, the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship is coming to an end.
This was the 10th anniversary of the week-long event at Quail Hollow Club in south Charlotte. The event is a spectacle attendees say is a "must do" every year.
"This is our 10th tournament, we've been here every year,” said Charlotte resident Janie Best, who attended the tournament Saturday and Sunday with her husband.
Best said it is hard to pinpoint exactly how the tournament has changed over the past 10 years.
"It just seems to get better and better. This year it looks really pretty, whether that's because we had an early spring or not, I'm not sure. But the course is pretty, it's just better every year,” said Best.
Tournament executive director, Kym Hougham, agreed. He said everything went smoothly and it has been a great week.
"You know, you can't beat the weather. We're very fortunate, it's the one thing you can't control, and we got a break. It was hot, but it didn't' seem to slow down the crowds,” said Hougham.
Hougham said the nice weather and the fact that it has become an event in the Queen City and not simply a golf tournament might be what contributed to the large crowds this year.
"We sell the same number of tickets, but we had more people out here because the tickets were utilized at probably a higher percentage. We had pretty record crowds the past three days, it was fun to see,” said Hougham.
It was those factors along with the North Carolina natives who remained in the tournament. The main focus was on Webb Simpson, who went into the final day as the leader.
"Everybody was talking on the bus on the way over here. The fact that he's a local boy, he only lives a mile from the course, he's a member of the club, everything like that. Everybody's happy for the local guy,” said Charlotte resident Barry Finnigan.
Hougham said Monday morning, tournament officials have a meeting with CBS about next year. After that, they will spend about the next three and a half weeks getting all of the scaffolding, stands, vendors cleared out of the club, and back to the way it was before the tournament.