Fans, volunteers await Navistar LPGA Classic

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - As golfers prepare themselves for an all-out competition, nearly 900 volunteers prepare everything else.

"It's like having a vacation from home and you're only 5 or 10 minutes away," explained Kim Lolley.

These men and women have their hands in all aspects of the Navistar LPGA Classic.

"You've got the media room, the reporting where they report the scores, the transportation, and you've got the village where they feed the volunteers," said Debbi Kawcinski of Millbrook.

They come from all walks of life, and some of them don't even golf.

"I have never swung a golf club until this year," Lolley said.

"I don't play golf, but a friend of mine last year volunteered, and I thought it seemed like a good idea, and I came back for a second year," Kawcinski said.

Volunteers say being a part of the game--no matter how small--is well worth the trip.

"It's fun to see what goes on behind the scenes.  Just how much it takes to put a big function like this together," said Elizabeth Lee of Montgomery.

Fans like Dianne and Brian Fulsom share a similar mentality.  They drove 3,600 miles from British Columbia, Canada.

"The players of the LPGA--they're just amazing women.  They're so kind. They thank you for coming. [. . .] They're just so friendly, and they're so appreciative of the fans," Dianne Fulsom said.

Hospitality and competition fill the air as fans and volunteers await the start of a professional sports showdown.

"It'll be wild, and the weather's beautiful.  If you've never been out here to see it, you really need to come out here and see it," Kawcinski explained.

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