Security tight at Barbasol Championship

Security tight at Barbasol Championship

OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - Some 50,000 fans are expected to take in the tournament at Grand National. There's also a crowd of officers to make sure everyone stays safe.

"We have plenty of personnel on site here. We can handle just about anything that comes up," Opelika Police Chief John McEachern said.

McEachern said in addition to his officers, outside agencies are providing support. Bomb sniffing dogs also check out the area each day.

"We have not had any major issues in the past, and don't expect any this year," McEachern said.

Tournament organizers said it's a team effort to make sure everyone has fun and stays safe.

They're reminded not to bring into the tournament: weapons, noise makers, alcoholic beverages, and coolers.

"We are all about safety whether it's heat, making sure there's misting, making sure there is security. When you come in, you will be searched. So, leave your firearms at home or locked in the car," says tournament Public Relations Director Bill Lang.

They aren't just keeping an eye on the fans at the course. They are monitoring the roadways, too.

McEachern has a warning for those who drink and drive.

"Have a designated driver. Of course, it's awful hot to be out here drinking. Just know when to say 'when,'" McEachern said.

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