Heat can't keep fans away as Barbasol Championship ends

Heat can't keep fans away as Barbasol Championship ends

OPELIKA, AL (WSFA) - The 2017 Barbasol Championship has come to a close and though the heat was a factor out on the course each day, it still couldn't keep the fans away.

"The numbers are up. They're better than they were our previous two years," said Jonathan Romeo, Tournament Director.

Organizers used car counts and concession sales to measure how many people attended the tournament each day, and that number is still being tallied.

"I think the encouraging thing is, a lot of the changes we've made for this year, we've seen people kind of migrate to those areas. The cooling stations where we've moved some of the concession stands, I think we're headed in the right direction," said Jonathon Romeo.

Dedicated fans braved the heat all week long, and say that it's about more than just golf.

"It's a lifelong sport that you can always enjoy and that's why I got (my son) out here, so we can start building memories together," said golf fan Blake Brewer.

Organizers say they are pleased with the overall turnout of the tournament, but are already looking for ways that they can improve next year.

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