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'Tiger Effect' Caused Exit Rush at BMW Championship

Lake Forest officials gave an early report this week about what went well and what didn't at the BMW golf tournament at Conway Farms.

Lake Forest City Hall
Lake Forest City Hall

The initial response from Lake Forest officials was positive this week as the weeklong BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club came to a close. 

The most significant issues reported by City Manager Bob Kiely were a large number of beestings and what he dubbed “the Tiger effect” — spectators rushing toward the exit as Tiger Woods left the course.

One spectator told Patch it took two hours to exit the course.

“When [Woods] finishes, you have 30,000 people who want to leave at the same time. [It] makes it a little challenging, but I think it went without incident,” Kiely said.

Mayor Don Schoenheider also praised the event. “I think to say that it reflected well on the community would be an understatement,” he said. “As a Lake Forester, I could not have been more proud this weekend.”

Kiely said city leaders will meet with staff members and representatives of the golf club and Western Golf Association in the coming days to discuss “what went right, what didn’t go so well, what could we do differently in the future and so forth.”

Members of those organizations will be invited to the Oct. 7 City Council meeting to deliver reports about tournament attendance and other aspects of the event, Kiely said.

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