Spectators don't let negative headlines ruin their U.S. Open experience

Posted at 10:11 PM, Jun 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 23:11:29-04

Wisconsin is in the international spotlight as the U.S. Open ascends on Erin Hills, but more than golf news has been coming from the Town of Erin this week. 

Friday the Washington County Sheriff's Office said a 94-year old Wauwatosa man died from natural causes near the grandstand at the sixth green.

Thursday night the Washington-Ozaukee Health Department reported finding E. coli bacteria in one of the hydration stations.

A pilot is recovering from burns, after an airship crashed near the course and went up in flames late Thursday morning.

"Such a big event everything happens ya know, but life still moves on," said Inchetan Adesara of India.

Most spectators were aware of the headlines, but didn’t let the unfortunate news ruin their time at the U.S. Open.

"I think they'll look beyond anytime you get this many people all together this cross section of humanity all together you're gonna have some things that come up," said Peter Berlo of Massachusetts.

"Those are very depressing things happening, but I think there's just so much fun to be's been really enjoyable nonetheless," said Jessica Esser of Wauwatosa.

The next thing that could come up Saturday is the weather since there's the possibility of storms. But golf fans and volunteers are optimistic.