PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Cheyenne Knight is 21 years old, a pro but no championship yet to hang her visor on.
“I’m not really nervous. I’ve been adjusting to professional golf," said Knight.
Knight is beginning to see the road as a pro is anything but a smooth swing.
“It’s a hard way of life. You know, you’re traveling every week to a different place," she said.
It’s the typical story for 120 female golfers from 26 countries. The age range is from 18 to older veterans looking to break through on the LPGA. The Guardian tour is considered the ‘minor leagues on steroids.'
“It’s a great proving ground and a great training ground," said tournament director Jonathan Romeo.
The top prize is $24,000 and a win on the Senator Course puts the winner a step closer to the LPGA.
Much like the September weather, golf is hot right now, which is apparently why Guardian announced plans today to extend the tournament sponsorship for another three years. WSFA 12 News reporter Rosanna Smith broke the news Wednesday morning on Today In Alabama.
With Alabama and Auburn playing at home this weekend, tournament leaders are concerned about the attendance. However, if 5,000 show up over the course of three days, they will be pleased. Jonathan Romeo said 300 volunteers played a significant role in getting the tournament ready this week.
“Every other year you’re going to get that," said Romeo.
Back to Cheyenne Knight; this Alabama grad - now pro golfer - hopes her first title is just 18 holes away.
“I am more excited about this tour than previous ones,” she said.
The tournament begins Friday morning through Sunday.