Navistar LPGA Classic aims to benefit entire River Region

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -  It's one of the biggest sporting events in the River Region, the Navistar LPGA classic tournament on the Robert Trent Jones course in Prattville.  Before they hit the links Wednesday Morning, the golfers in the Navistar LPGA Classic Pro-Am got a chance to mingle Tuesday Night with their amateur partners.

"One of the reasons I keep coming back year in and year out, aside from the golf course, it's the people," said Christina Kim, an LPGA Tour player.

"This evening is all about interacting with the fans, with the people that support this event, with the city," said David Higdon, Director of Communications for the LPGA.

While the tournament is being played at the Capitol Hill course in Prattville, the pairings party was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Montgomery.

"This is a regional event.  It continues to get to be a bigger regional event," said Jonathan Romero, director of Navistar LPGA Classic. "This is way that you see, we're doing things in Montgomery, we're doing things in Prattville.  We touched the entire River Region today with the junior clinic."

And those involved with the Navistar LPGA Classic say the tournament can provide benefits for the River Region long after the tournament is over."

"It's a great way to show what all we have here and recruit some additional business to the state,"  Romero said.

Michael Smith with SouthernLinc Wireless says the tournament and the Pro-Am led to his company making an endorsement deal with a tour player.

"She's done some publicity spots for us and it's a great partnership," Smith said.  "Not only that, we meet other businessmen and women from the community and we're able to get together and talk about how to continue to grow the River Region."

Smith says it's an example of how just a few hours on a golf course can have a lasting impact.

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