State and local officials in South Carolina are excited about hosting THE CJ CUP for the first time this year. THE CJ CUP in South Carolina will be held Oct. 17-23 at Congaree Golf Club, located north of Ridgeland near Gillisonville, about an hour northwest of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
According to blufftontoday.com, during a media day on Sept. 20, Congaree officials said they were excited to be hosting their second PGA TOUR event and announced that Rory McIlroy has committed to defend his CJ CUP title. John McNeely, executive director for the Congaree Foundation, said. “I think the field that will be in place for this one will be another step up for us and South Carolina.”
The media day also covered golf’s economic impact on South Carolina and Congaree’s local area, blufftontoday.com reported. Duane Parrish, director of SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism, said that in 2021 golf had a $3.3 billion economic impact on the state’s tourism industry. Local officials cited the benefits to the local economy as people fly in and out of the Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport and patronize hotels, restaurants and other local businesses.
SC House District 122 Rep. Shedron Williams, who represents Jasper, Beaufort and Hampton counties, said the tournament is a major event in the state as well as in Jasper County and surrounding areas. “It’s going to be a major impact economically,” he said. “…it tells you that this venue is going to be one of the most-looked-at, sought-after playing venues in the golf world. The time for the Lowcountry is here.”
THE CJ CUP, Korea’s first official PGA TOUR tournament launched in 2017 by CJ Group based in South Korea, was played for three years at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, Korea. In 2020, due to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic the event was moved to the US.
CJ Logistics America is looking forward to experiencing THE CJ CUP in South Carolina. “We are excited about sharing this unique event with customers and our team members in the new location,” CEO Kevin Coleman said.
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