Rotarians get update on 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale President Mary Blank, Andy Markam and Rotarian Ken Brown greet Rotary meeting attendees.

Members of The Rotary Club of Scottsdale received a first-hand update on activities surrounding the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open during the club’s Dec. 12 meeting.

Rotarian Ken Brown introduced Andy Markam, tournament chair of the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests at recent meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick’s Lakeside Ballroom.

Mr. Markham is leading the Thunderbirds in the planning and execution of every facet of the 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open to be played Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2017, at the TPC Scottsdale.

According to Mr. Markam, the tournament was initiated in 1932 at the Phoenix Country Club; it was held there until 1987 when it was moved to TPC Scottsdale.  The five-day 2016 tournament with over 5,000 volunteers had attendance exceeding 600,000, which included over 204,000 attending on Saturday’s play.

Mr. Markham said 100 percent of the tournament’s earnings go to charity. Since its inception, over $100 million dollars has been awarded to more than 200 non-profit organizations, including $9.4. million awarded this past year.

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