International media travel to Prattville for Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - The Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic is a rare opportunity for the whole world to get a glimpse of Prattville.

The players in the tournament represent 22 different countries. The tournament is being broadcast around the globe with the help of our foreign counterparts.

There are about 100 members of the media from all over the world at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill for the tournament. The ones who traveled the farthest are from Japan.

"We are a country of a lot of people playing golf, we have a lot of golf courses, it's pretty popular leisure for all the people, we are pretty much a golf country," said freelance reporter Reiko Takekawa with Kyodo News. "This is a news agency like AP, we do cover the tournament, PGA tour, LPGA tour, whatever the Japanese players in."

Japan has five players in this tournament, and she's keeping close tabs on every one of them.

In Japan, golfers are superstars.

"People in Japan want to know how the Japanese players are doing, and look at all the quotes every single day," Takekawa said. "Especially for the golf, nowadays the PGA tour is pretty popular, and the LPGA tour because Ai Miyazato was pretty famous in Japan, and she won nine times here, and that's pretty good, and then Mika Miyazato did it in contention for the majors, and we are so excited about that."

Takekawa is a seasoned journalist. She's covered a variety of sports all over the world for more than 15 years. The atmosphere here is a little different than other places.

"Unfortunately, we need more fan here, don't you think. In Japan, the ladies tournament is more popular than men's, so we have more people coming to watch the ladies' tournament," Takekawa said.

We asked Takekawa what she thinks about Alabama.

"Oh! I've been here quite a bit, the one down in Mobile, and the food is great! I love food here, food, yeah," Takekawa said. "And the people are nice too."

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