Massive preps underway for Navistar LPGA tournament next week in Prattville

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Starting from the ground up, Jonathan Romeo has an enormous job.

"It's hard to get your arms around it," said Romeo, the tournament director for the upcoming Navistar event.

Romeo has to make sure things fit together for the tournament. If history is any guide somewhere in the neighborhood of 45,000 people will be on hand next week at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, and that doesn't include the golfers and the volunteers who make it all happen, 700 volunteers, some from 9 different states.

"We've been together now for about 8 years and it's a well-oiled machine. We'll have starting out 144 female golfers, all aiming for that top prize of $195,000," said Romeo.

Some changes this year.

There will be a Kids Zone in the parking lot, and the admission to the tournament will be free of charge. Tournament leaders hope fans instead will bring a donation to the Wounded Warrior program.

"These are soldiers who put their lives on the line for us and some don't come back the same. This is a way to help them back into society," said Romeo.

Construction workers from all over the country are at RTJ now building platforms, stands and raising tents, structures that aren't just plopped down. There's a purpose behind the design and the location.

"We have to keep safety in mind," Romeo said.

Getting ready for the big show, not just for the River Region but for the world and Jonathan Romeo is the man behind it all.

5 days and counting.

Although the tournament starts Monday, the Golf Channel won't begin broadcasting the event until next Thursday where more than 140 million viewers are expected to tune in.