Women's PGA Championship in Chaska attracts family-friendly crowd

June 18, 2019 06:43 PM

Tuesday marked the start of the Women's PGA Championship.

It's the fifth time a women's major championship has been played in Minnesota, and it's the latest in a series of high profile golf events being held in the state.


The national stage for golf is especially exciting for many families.

"Minnesota seems to do a pretty good job with golf," said Todd Luoma, who attended the event on Tuesday. 

From some of our nation's top leaders in Condoleeza Rice, to a mix of the best golfers in the world, young fans have a lot to cheer for. The crowd featured many parents and their daughters.

"Obviously, I have three girls, so I want them to experience golf with women and other girls," Luoma said. 

Torrin Luoma is in her first year with the junior league. She and her sisters had a chance to get up close and personal with some of the golfers.

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"When we first got here, two of them walked by and, like, 'oh my gosh, two golfers just walked by,' so it was really cool," Torrin said.

"I want to get the kids familiar with women's golf," said Scott DuRoche, who attended Tuesday's event. 

The DuRoche family made the trip from Prior Lake.

"I just think it's super awesome for them to have these role models, females, and know that they can be like that too, they can enjoy this sport," said Danielle DuRoche, who also attended Tuesday's event.

From getting autographs to watching the pros on the course, families agree this is an opportunity that not everyone gets. Plus, many are thrilled it's so affordable.

"It was $20 for the adults and the children get in free," Scott DuRoche said.

As women make history in Chaska, parents are excited to share the game of golf with their kids beyond this week.

"That's a big thing we're going to do this summer is really make sure that we get out as a family and golf, all of us together," Danielle DuRoche said.

"One of our main goals of getting the girls into golf is getting away from electronics and just gettting back to being a family and spending time together," Todd Luoma said.

On Wednesday at Hazeltine is the KPMG Women's Leadership Summit, which includes Rice as the keynote speaker as well as soccer legend Mia Hamm, among others, followed by the first round of tournament action on Thursday.

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