RTJ Prepares for Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

The Yokohama LPGA Tour week starts early Monday morning with a women's golf clinic led by an LPGA pro, and that's only the beginning.

"We have a huge Pro Am day," said Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Director of Golf Mike Beverly. "We have 300 players, 16 teams, so just trying to get it before daylight is over."

Thursday, we found Lisa and Tom Peterson of Wisconsin checking out RTJ for the first time. The couple had just played a round and had no idea they were playing on the very course (the Senator) the pros will tackle next week!

"I was very impressed. It's a gorgeous course and very interesting to play," said Tom Peterson.

This will be the eighth LPGA Tour, and there is one crucial difference that could boost the average attendance of more than 30,000. The event is being held about a month earlier than last year.

"We're away from football this year," Beverly explained. "We've battled that on Saturdays when Alabama and Auburn played."

So far, so good with the preparations. While workers are running in different directions getting the Senator course in tip-top shape, Beverly admitted the daily downpours this week have been a little troubling when it comes to the bunkers.

"That requires a lot of hand labor and putting the sand back in places," he said.

The Yokohama LPGA Tour has a full field. Some 144 women from all over the world will take their best shot starting on August 27.

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