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Is Fargo Too Far To Go?

If any professional golf tournaments are looking for a new home, here’s a state they might want to talk to: North Dakota. That’s right, the “Roughrider State” has the golf bug. So much so that its tourism office likes to boast of having the most golf courses per capita in the country (our friends at Golf Digest disagree, giving that honor to Minnesota). Nevertheless, the Associated Press reports that one of the least populated states in the country thinks it can successfully host golf’s biggest names in its biggest city, Fargo, which has population of about 210,000—or roughly the attendance at the final round of the Phoenix Open. “In my opinion, this would be a great town to have some sort of a tour event,” said Greg McCullough, head pro at Edgewood, a local public course. Fargo Country Club—which hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur in 1995 (and is shown above)—is working with Tom Lehman on a redesign that members think might help nab a pro tourney. One asset not in short supply is money: The state is on an economic roll thanks to an oil-drilling boom and according to the Fargo-Moorhead Athletic Commission, local fat cats would be willing to put up big bucks to attract one of the tours.

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