Golf tournament already underway before competition begins

1,000 area 4th graders watch a golf show at the Navistar Classic in Prattville.
1,000 area 4th graders watch a golf show at the Navistar Classic in Prattville.

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - It's anything but quiet on the green.

Nearly 1,000 area 4th graders were center stage at the Navistar Classic--learning how to golf from the pros.

But some kids got a little closer to the action with hands on instruction from a pro golfer.

Rob Strano played professionally for 15 years.  Now he gives lessons to deaf children--something he says is new to the sport.

"No one was actively teaching the deaf how to play golf in sign language," says Strano.

Strano's just one of many professional players out on the green, helping the kids get "up close and personal and see these pros actually in a different light and see their personalities and how much fun they are."

But not just the kids.  Professional golfer Kim Hall says it's a win-win for her, too.

"It's great for us to be able to come out here and have a good time with the kids, then they want to come watch."

It's all part of a larger picture coordinators painted for the Navistar LPGA Classic.

"It's sort-of a big production and sort-of the circus comes to town.   It's sort-of a city within a city right here at the golf course," says Mike Nichols with the LPGA.

The Classic is an active environment the kids are soaking up.

"I've learned that it's a very interesting sport to play," says one fourth grader.

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