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June 14, 2015

2015 US Open will occur in Bellarmine's backyard

USA Today High School Sports

Jeanne Hanigan

The city of University Place, WA, is buzzing with anticipation. The 2015 US Open is happening this week from June 15 to June 21.

The Hub restaurant at Gig Harbor (next to Tacoma Narrows airport) is also busy welcoming private planes and players. Owner Pat Nagle posted Saturday, June 13, on his Facebook page, "Expecting 10 jets today at Hub Gig Harbor. Come join us."

Bellarmine Prep's community is no stranger to the game of golf. This year, both the boys and girls golf teams won State. Some of those players even tried to qualify for the Open, but are now simply content with volunteering and watching.

Next year's senior, Joe Lyon, involves himself with the tournament at Chambers Bay as a worker and also as a reporter. His father, Jeff Lyon, CEO of Kidder Matthews, arranged to share a private hospitality tent with three other companies, including Patriot Fire Protection, Inc. (msgpromotions.com). Both companies support the larger Pierce County community, including Bellarmine, in various ways, so participating in this year's local US Open seemed logical and true to their companies' philanthropic ways.

As the online editor of bellarminelion.com and Bellarmine's USA TODAY High School Sports site, Joe Lyon will cover the action at the course while also assisting in any way.

The US Open and Bellarmine connections do not end there. Some school families who live near Chambers Bay will be on hand to watch the drama on the links unfold, but they will not be returning to their homes this week. Rather, at least two families have rented their houses out to golfers , including Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Other families are renting out their abodes to various spectators while others are hosting out -of- town visitors.

Whether Bellarmine students or families enjoy the game of golf or not, there is no doubt that they know about the 115th US Open in their own backyard.

As last year's girls golf state champion and now Washington State University standout Alivia Brown said, "It's awesome having the best players in the world playing where you grew up."

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