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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

The Navistar LPGA Golf Classic begins today and people from all over the country are in Prattville to watch the best women golfers from around the world compete.

Some fans were out on the course yesterday, and even bigger crowds are expected today.  For fans who are coming in today, there is more free seating this year in the bleachers on holes 16 and 17.  The party deck that is the most popular place to watch, is still free on hole 18.  Since it is the most popular spot, fans need to arrive early to get a seat there.

Many of the golfers gave autographs to the fans who were out yesterday near the 18th hole on autograph alley.  That is the best place to get autographs.

The LPGA allows fans bring their phones on the golf course.  Fans must keep them silent in order to not disturb the golfers.  They want fans out there taking pictures and using social media.  In fact, the LPGA has really embraced social media this year.  All of the golfers have their twitter handles on the back of their caddy's bibs. 

WSFA 12 News asked an LPGA official about social media and he says, "the social media aspect of our tour is something we've really focused on.  It's really tied in with the See Why it's Different Out Here marketing campaign.  Earlier this year in June, we launched the twitter handles on caddy bibs and it got a lot of attention from other sports and from a lot of media for being kind of forward thinking.  So each caddy bib has a player's twitter handle on the back if they are on twitter.  We allow fans to bring phones out to the course so they can log on and follow their favorite players on twitter and the interact with them down the road.  We think our players are pretty approachable, not only in person, but on social media as well.  It's been a huge thing for us and got a lot of attention and we think it's the start of more social media initiatives that we will launch in the coming months."

Of course, those golfers won't be tweeting or using social media on the course, but before and afterwards, the are good about interacting with their fans and with the LPGA folks. 

The tournament starts today and lasts through Sunday.  Each round begins at 7 a.m.  The Tire Pros Kids Zone is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Parking and admission are free, but they are asking that spectators make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.  Golf Channel coverage also begins today.  It will be tape delayed today and tomorrow.  Live coverage begins on Saturday.

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