Prattville – At a press conference held at the clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon, the Navistar LPGA Classic and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced that the sporting event would again be held next year at the Senator Course at the Capitol Hill location on the Robert Trent Jones Trail in Prattville.
Dan Ustian, chairman, president and CEO of Navistar International Corporation, declared that the Classic had been a great success for Navistar.
“It has given us an opportunity to strengthen our brand awareness, give back to a community where we do business and deepen relationships with our key customers, dealers, suppliers, and business partners,” Ustian said.
The CEO of the Retirement Systems of Alabama Dr. David G. Bronner also spoke about how the Navistar had been a great partner for three years.
“We are extremely proud that this international company has an Alabama presence with its diesel engine assembly plant in Huntsville, and that we have the pleasure of working with Dan and his team again next year,” Bronner said.
Marty Evans, acting LPGA Commissioner, praised the visions of both Bronner and Ustian and complemented their teams and the community for a tournament that players and fans could be proud of.
Prattville Mayor Jim Byard Jr. and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange were also present at the conference. Byard commented on just exactly what the tournament means to the City of Prattville and to the River Region.
“Well, this is international exposure,” Byard said. “We had a three-year commitment and, of course, this is our third year so this means an extension which is great news for our community and for the River Region.”
When asked about the dollars and cents figures for the city, Byard replied, “We budgeted about $240,000 for this event.”
“Of course, it costs a little more because we have public safety and public works personnel that are out here working the tournament, but there is really no way we can quantify what we get back because of the international exposure and the media attention that is focused on Prattville,” he continued.
Byard’s final comment concerned Charles Barkley’s golf swing.
“Well, it’s interesting … but I thought he was very approachable with the fans and that’s a good thing.”
The dates for the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic will be announced in the near future, and the entire 2010 LPGA Schedule will be announced at the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship in Houston.
Article by Melissa Parker
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