"He said that's why he liked it here: Everyone was so nice. And he loved the course."
The owner said approximately 200,000 visited the Greenbrier throughout the week. He said last year it was 217,000. Certainly, the drop had to do with power outages, heat and the cut of Woods and Mickelson.
Of the latter, Justice said, "They just didn't make the cut. Two young kids [Ted Potter Jr. and Troy Kelly] beat everyone else."
As always, he looked at the bright side, especially in regard to Greenbrier County.
"The people in our area were really blessed the golf tournament was here at that time," Justice said. "We at The Greenbrier would have been taken care of anyway. We have two tiers of generators. One is for the bunker and the other is because of the casino. The Lottery Commission insists on that.
"But Beckley and Lewisburg power came up faster than those in Charleston because it was an important state event."
Justice said The Greenbrier is still trying to help those in need by delivering fresh vegetables, etc.
But of the concluded tournament?
"The story was how much grit it took to put on," he said.
Most of us agree.
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