As Wells Fargo Championship packs up, talk of future begins


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — As cleanup begins at Eagle Point Golf Club, organizers say the Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington was a success.

From the fans, to the players, Eagle Point Golf Club did not disappoint.

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“Even the people from the outside that weren’t here were texting and calling and sending us emails about what an outstanding tournament you had there,” Spokesman Lee Patterson said.

Wells Fargo Championship Spokesman Lee Patterson said Wilmington also did not disappoint.

“I think 80 percent of this crowd had never been to a PGA tour event,” Peterson said. “For us, that was another thing that was so neat to see, to be able to share what these are about.”

Patterson said the tournament was sold out meaning there were more than 25,000 people at Eagle Point Golf Club during the Wells Fargo Championship. Those 25,000 people had to be shuttled in and out every day. That was something neighbors around Eagle Point were initially worried about.

“I was concerned about delays and you know the unknowns,” Laura Hagy said.

“Everyone was really in a tizzy about how they were going to get in and get out,” Julie Strzempko said. “People were talking about going to the grocery store and stocking up.”

Once the event actually started, neighbors said traffic was not an issue.

“It was actually seamless,” Hagy said. “We didn’t have any hiccups or delays.”

“We said this morning on our way out, ‘Well, things are back to normal’, but it never wasn’t normal, so the whole time, the traffic flow was great,” Strzempko said.

If the fans were happy, the players and the neighbors, what are the chances of the PGA Tour stopping here again?

“We are under contract to be in Charlotte through 2019,” Patterson said. “The tour schedule and the landscape of the PGA Tour Schedule, it could change. Nobody knows.”

We asked if there is a even a possibility.

“One of my sayings is, ‘If to be such a small word can change the world,'” Patterson said. “So if, there’s a lot of ifs.”

We also asked the Director of Golf at Eagle Point Golf Club about that possibility.

“Obviously we would love to help if we could, but I think, from what I understand, and i’m not the one that makes the decisions, it’s a one and done deal for us,” Director of Golf Billy Anderson said. “It’s hard to repeat what you do the first time if it goes off without a hitch, but I think it was wonderful, you know, for the club and the town so to be continued.”

Anderson said it is going to take about four to six weeks to get eagle point back to normal operations.