Merion Golf Club caused its fair share of logistical problems for the USGA during the 2013 U.S. Open. There were issues with transporting players from the range to the golf course. Merion is also a much smaller venue than most that have hosted the championship, which resulted in at least 10,000 fewer tickets being available for each day of the event, costing the organization hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Because of the size restrictions at Merion, tournament organizers were forced to host some of the events at nearby Haverford College. The Trophy Club was one of the attractions housed on the grounds of the college and was described in the official spectator guide as “an exclusive on-site, air-conditioned pavilion with live U.S. Open coverage located at Haverford College, approximately 400 yards from the clubhouse parking area and the 18th hole at Merion Golf Club.” What was not included in that description is that there was full bar service inside of the massive tent.
After the conclusion of the tournament, a large amount of alcohol was left in the tent. I can only assume that the intention was to transport the beverages at some point. Well, they never got that chance. You see, approximately $10,000 worth of booze was stolen out of the tent.
I mean, come on. What genius thought it was a good idea to leave any alcohol sitting on a college campus for an extended period of time without security – especially $10,000 worth of spirits? It serves them right, if you ask me. They could have at least hired a few rent-a-cops to walk around the tent until they were able to get the booze out of there.
If the cops are smart, they’ll just keep an eye out for the biggest party of the year and there’s a good chance they’ll find some of the loot there.