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July 2012

Top Story: We tell you what Medinah is doing to prepare for "the biggest golf event ever in Illinois"

Author: Len Ziehm

There are still a few months before the 39th Ryder Cup matches take over Medinah Country Club and put the Chicago area at the forefront of international sports. Big events like this one don’t just happen, though. Tons of work, by literally thousands of people, is required before the first ball is struck.

The Ryder Cup runs from September 25–30, and many of the preparations—though by no means all—have already been completed. There has been a ticket drawing, a promotional tour by captains Davis Love III of the United States and Jose Maria Olazabal of Europe, a sale of corporate hospitality options and the recruitment of volunteers.

Eventually 75 corporate chalets, accounting for about two million square ....