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Navistar LPGA Classic to feature Pro Am and Junior Clinic today

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

It's a busy day at the RTJ Capital Hill in Prattville.  Today is the final day before the professional tournament begins, but there's a full schedule set for today, including a Pro Am tournament and a Junior Clinic for children.

The first round of the Pro Am tees off at 6:50, the second round at 11:50.  Stacy Lewis, the number one golfer in the world, Lexi Thompson, last year's winner, Katherine Hall, the winner two years ago and Montgomery native Karlin Beck are the professionals who will be paired today with some amateurs and Wounded Warriors who will be taking part in this tournament.

Tournament director Jonathan Romeo says, "it's an opportunity to play the golf course that we play every day and see how the pros play it.  And you can see how good they are when they are playing with them or against the other teams.  It's wonderful to have the Wounded Warriors at this tournament and have them participate with the professional golfers."

Romeo goes on to explain how the tournament will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.  "We ask that people donate.  There will be ammo boxes with their logo on it throughout the golf course.  Our hope is that people, because of free admission  are able to donate and give something back to people who have given so much for us and for our country."

Golf fans worldwide will be watching what happens in Prattville.  Mike Beverly, Director of Golf at Capital Hill explains, "it's a unique opportunity every year to showcase the river region and what we have to offer here in Prattville and especially on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capital Hill and we're very luck and proud to do that.  We've had great winners in the past and we look forward to Lexi defending her title and I think we'll have another great champion this year."

The Junior Clinic that was postponed from yesterday is scheduled for 10 a.m. today.  More than four thousand fourth graders from around the river region will be here to take part in that program.  It's always a lot of fun for the children because they get to meet with the LPGA professionals.

Romeo explains it as "an opportunity to bring kids in from the whole river region area who get to come in and see what a professional golf tournament looks like.  The clinic has a positive message for the kids.  They get to meet the pros and get a good little show as well."

Tournament play starts tomorrow at 7 a.m.  Gates open at 6:30 a.m.  Spectators are not allowed to bring coolers or video cameras.  Cell phones are allowed, but must be set to silent.  Spectators are not allowed to take pictures or videos with their cell phones.  Admission and parking are free.

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