Navistar LPGA Classic ready to tee-off

Nicole Hage
Nicole Hage

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - It's a homecoming of sorts for Nicole Hage.  An Auburn grad, Hage spent her Sunday on the putting green --boasting her school colors--and preparing to battle it out on the course.

"It's every week, and it can be anybody's week. We have a lot of great women out here and it's up for grabs for anyone," Hage said.

She and dozens of other pros are making their way to Prattville--a place that's quiet now but about to be at the center of professional golf.

That being said, staffers are working around the clock, getting the course ready after weeks of rain.

"I think with everyone's effort that we've had out here, We're right where we should be.  The golf course is ready. The course is in phenomenal shape," explained Jonathan Romeo, the tournament's director.

Thousands of people are expected to walk through these gates. With that high volume in mind, organizers hope to make things a little easier for fans.

"We've gone back and corrected a lot of the things we didn't do well last year," Romeo said.

Workers added transportation for spectators this time around.

"There's a shuttle that will take you back to the parking area. Of course you can walk, or you can take the shuttle," Romeo explained.

Extra seating is also in place around the course.

If that's not enough, organizers have a unique touch for the 18th green--added seats, and a special deck set to add some atmosphere.

"It's what we're calling 'Club 64.' You want to make it more of a party, [. . .] and to have more of a party around '18,' I think it makes it more fun for everybody," Romeo said.

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