Topeka sets block party to honor hometown U.S. Open champ Woodland

Gary Woodland posses with the trophy after winning the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 16, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The city of Topeka will hold a downtown block party to honor Gary Woodland for his U.S. Open win.

The Greater Topeka Partnership announced the party plans Thursday evening. It will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday July 2nd in the 700 block of S. Kansas Ave.

They say Woodland is slated to attend the celebration.

Woodland is a Shawnee Heights graduate who started his college career playing basketball at Washburn University, before transferring to the University of Kansas to play golf. He captured his first major championship Sunday, with a three-stroke win over two-time defending champ Brooks Koepka.

“It’s hard to describe how big of an accomplishment Gary’s win is; he is the U.S. Open Champion. As someone that calls Topeka home, hearing him introduced Sunday ‘from Topeka, Kansas’ was so cool for our city.” said Cody Foster, Chair of the Greater Topeka Partnership and co-founder of Advisors Excel. “Gary has never forgotten where he came from. I watched him in the days after all the talk shows, how he honored our military and then created such a special experience for Amy Bockerstette, I couldn’t have been prouder to see someone from Topeka have so much success.”

GTP says the block party will include live music, food, activities, and speakers. It will be free and open to the public.