A successful Saturday for Navistar LPGA Classic 3rd round

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Don't let the near silence on the green fool you.  Organizers say Saturday at the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville was the biggest day of the tournament.

Perhaps it's the nice weather that brought people out.

"It's hot, but it's bearable," says first-time attender, John Lowery

Or that fans say the golfers are so approachable.

"They come up and sign all the autographs and gave my daughter and her friend a glove. I don't know what more you could ask for," says first-time attender and Muscle Shoals resident, Tom Collins.

Alexis Thompson--the 15 year old who shocked the golfing world with her 6 under par finish at last year's tournament is thankful for fans like Collins.

"All my fans are really cool.  I mean, they're just super nice. And they always say thank you which is good," says Thompson.

Some are out there for the first time.

"I think it's great. I was surprised at the large turnout," says Lowery.

Others are regulars at the Classic.

"I'd watch this before I ever watch a senior tournament," says tournament regular, Tom Arthur.

But no matter the experience level at Navistar, most have one response.

"Yeah, we'll come back next year," says Collins.

"Oh yeah, I'll definitely be back. I love this tournament," says Thompson.

Organizers say tomorrow's 4th and final round is really when they'll see how successful the tournament was this week. But they say it's already shaping up to surpass attendance levels of years' past.

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