Ryan Wrecker

This is why the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive is important for our image

Ryan Wrecker
August 13, 2018 - 10:00 am

Crime, danger, guns, violence, racism, crime, danger, guns, violence, racism, crime… rinse and repeat.

That’s the message the rest of the world is first confronted with about St. Louis when outsiders tell the story.  That’s why the 100th PGA Championship stop at Bellerive is so important for our image.  If you haven’t already, read the story posted on KMOX.com ‘PGA Players Say St. Louis Fans Unlike Anything They've Seen.’

Tiger Woods: “Hopefully, we can come back soon."

Jordan Spieth: "This is a great market to come to in St. Louis.”

Brooks Koepka - "It's a good sporting town, they love their sports.”

Zach J. Johnson: "The people here in St. Louis were amazing…”

Zach Johnson: “It's a sport crazy town. This is Cardinal Blue country, formerly Ram country. But terrific. You can tell they love their golf and they love the fact that we're here."

St. Louis has a lot of issues, many that are being dealt with.  But the support and fan showing for the PGA Championship sent a powerful message.  We’re more than just headlines.  We’re better than the negative perception (and self-perception) that the city is tagged with (some fair, some not).

Let this past week be more than just a one-time event.  Let it be a message about our community.