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Golf Legends Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player to Headline The 2012 Morning Sports Report

Jun 27

The 2012 Morning Sports Report

Breakfast presented by Marathon will feature golf theme and additional
golf notables highlighting Central Ohio hosting The Presidents Cup 2013
Tuesday October 2, 2012 | Battelle Hall – Greater Columbus Convention Center | 7:30 – 9 a.m.

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is proud to announce that it will host the 9th annual The Morning Sports Report presented by Marathon, one of the city’s signature sports community events.

The breakfast will celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary along with Central Ohio hosting one of golf’s most prestigious, international competitions in The Presidents Cup 2013 at Muirfield Village Golf Club.  The event will be held in Battelle Hall North at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on Tuesday, October 2 from 7:30-9 a.m.

Coming off a tremendously successful the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance (an official PGA TOUR event) this spring, The Morning Sports Report will be headlined by golf legend and Columbus native Jack Nicklaus and fellow World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player.

Nicklaus and Player are former captains of the U.S. and International Presidents Cup Teams, respectively.  Additional golf notables and other VIP guests scheduled to attend will be announced throughout the summer.

The Morning Sports Report will celebrate Central Ohio hosting The Presidents Cup 2013, which will be held in Dublin September 30-October 6.  The event will match the top U.S. PGA TOUR professionals against a non-European, international team of first-rate professionals.  It will also generate a significant economic impact across Central Ohio, bringing visitors from around the globe to Downtown Columbus and Dublin and put the region in the international spotlight with the event being broadcast to an estimated 600 million households in 225 countries.

The sports town hall breakfast will also include a special VIP reception and Fan Fair featuring a variety of mascots, interactive booths and activities as well as updates from many sports organizations in Central Ohio.

Attendees will have the opportunity to be up close with local sports celebrities in attendance, hear live sports interviews that cannot be heard anywhere else and attend the Fan Fair. All attendees will also receive a free “Columbus Sports” ticket package for various Columbus sporting events throughout the year. To reserve tickets or tables for The Morning Sports Report, contact GCSC Director of Corporate Sponsorship Brian Timm at or via phone at 614-221-6180.

Ticket options are as follows:

  • $70 for an individual seat
  • $85 for an individualVIP seat with one ticket to theVIP reception
  • $800 for a table for ten that includes two tickets to theVIP reception with sports celebrities, and;
  • $1,500 for aVIP table for nine with the opportunity to host a sports celebrity with nine tickets to theVIP reception with sports celebrities, and other special amenities

Muirfield Village Golf Club will make more history in 2013 as it will become just the third golf course in the United States to host The Presidents Cup and the only golf course in the world to ever host all three of golf’s most prestigious international competitions. Muirfield Village Golf Club hosted the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup in 1987 and 1998, respectively.

“Muirfield Village is proud to make history as the only golf course in the world to host The Presidents Cup, The Ryder Cup and The Solheim Cup,” said Dan Sullivan, Executive Director of the Memorial Tournament. “We are also proud supporters of the Sports Commission and thankful for the opportunity to share in The Morning Sports Report’s celebration of Central Ohio being one of the top golf destinations in the world.”

“Our 10th anniversary marks an exciting time for our Sports Commission and for our sports community with all of the sporting events we’ve had in the last few years, as well as those upcoming,” said GCSC Executive Director Linda Logan.  “We are thankful to Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player along with Dan Sullivan and his team at the Memorial Tournament and HNS group, for helping us create such a special moment to celebrate at The Morning Sports Report.”

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission will celebrate its 10th anniversary during the city’s Bicentennial as the only organization 100% focused on attracting sporting events to Columbus.  Since 2002, the GCSC has bid on and brought more than 200 new sporting events to Columbus that have generated an estimated $200 million in visitor spending, while also working to retain annual bid events that have generated an additional $160 million.

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