Pinehurst Operations Manager David Benne '97 Prepares for 2005 US Open
June 20, 2004
June 20, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "He was born and raised in Springfield, [Ohio], already has two majors on his resume, paid a visit to the US Open in Southampton, New York, earlier this week and already has a standing invitation to next year's US Open at Pinehurst No. 2. But outside of his local circle of relatives and friends, few around here have probably ever heard of him. Meet David Benne: North graduate, former high school football and baseball player, and now an operations manager for Pinehurst Championship Management at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC," begins an article on the 1997 DePauw University graduate in today's Springfield News-Sun. "Benne's job is to handle the details of planning and executing a major golf tournament."
Benne tells the newspaper, “I do everything from tent construction to porta-johns. The big thing you are dealing with now is security. Since 9-11 things have obviously changed. The other thing is logistics and transportation. Pinehurst is a town of 12,000 and with 45,000 people coming in every day for a week, it can get kind of crazy. We have 1,000 hotel rooms in our county. We've got over 1,000 vendors and 5,000 volunteers alone. A lot of people end up staying in Raleigh-Durham, which is about an hour away or Fayetteville, which is 45 minutes.” Pinehurst will host the 2005 US Open.
Benne continues, “The first question I always get is, ‘Do you know Tigers Woods.' I know who he is and I walk by him a lot, but he doesn't know me. Slowly, you meet a lot of interesting people, a lot that represent players. But you don't get to talk much with the golfers themselves.” Kermit Rowe writes, "That's because Benne and his co-workers are too busy making sure every little thing is perfect for the guests of their major tournament. 'I've met a few, usually when it gets closer to the event,' Benne said of the golfers. 'But I'm the guy who makes sure their nameplates in the locker room get made. One day, I'll be talking to the CEO of the Citizens Bank and the next day it's the guy who puts the porta-johns on the course.'”
The story notes, "for David, it was DePauw in Indiana for college and then Ohio University for grad school. It was during this time that he really got his feet wet in the sports management business." While a student at DePauw, Benne interned with the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.