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Major Security Issues
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/18/13
The terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday has brought event security into the news. However, security has been an increased concern for the USGA, the PGA Tour, and for tournament organizers everywhere since September 11, 2001.

At this week's PGA Tour stop on Hilton Head Island, law enforcement authorities have stepped up their security measures, although they (understandably) refuse to go into specific details. Nevertheless, they have consulted with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Canadian golf writer Ian Hutchinson interviewed Canadian Open tournament director Bill Paul, who recalled a credible threat at the 2009 championship. And well-known author John Feinstein detailed some of the security efforts the New York State Police and the Secret Service instituted during the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage in his book, Open. If you haven't yet read Open, this writer respectfully recommends that you do so.

While obviously hoping that nothing like this ever happens again, your correspondent wishes to offer a hat-tip to all of you who work in law enforcement, security, and emergency medical response, as well as firefighters and military personnel. And yet, it still appears to be such a thankless job at times.

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bducharm says:
When I heard about Boston, my first thought was "not surprised and why has it taken so long for something like this to happen". I work in the area of security (network and physical) and I pretty much knew something like this would happen eventually. Big events are tremendous targets and we MUST become more vigilant! I can only imagine what security will be like this coming year at college football games (Texas, Michigan, Ohio State, etc. that have over 100,000 people on a Saturday).
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