GREENSBORO, N.C. -- PGA golfers hit the greens at 7 a.m. Thursday for round one of the 2013 Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club.
Wyndham director Mark Brazil told WFMY News 2 he expects large crowds, following a better-than-expected turnout at the pro-am Wednesday.
Crowds increased as the morning progressed, but Brazil said most spectators will turn out later this afternoon, ahead of the tee times for two groupings with six of the best golfers in the PGA. At 12:40 p.m. are Jordan Spieth, Bill Haas and Zach Johnson. Following them at 12:50 p.m. are Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson and 2012 Wyndham champion Sergio Garcia.
President and CEO of McConnell Golf John McConnell told News 2 the pros look forward to playing on the Sedgefield Country Club course (owned by McConnell Golf), as it is the only Donald Ross-designed course in the PGA tour. He said it is a more classic course than the typical stadium-style courses.
Brazil and McConnell both agreed one of the best aspects of the Wyndham is how affordabe it is for average person. All tickets, souvenirs and concession stand items are reasonably-priced, Brazil said. Sedgefield golf director Rocky Brooks told News 2 hardly any items in the pro shop are more than $20. He said the pros typically are receptive to signing autographs on souvenirs, so long as they are not interrupted during tournament play.
This year, the Wyndham also offers free admission to children ages 15 and under, Triad first responders, Triad teachers and all military members and veterans with an ID.
Thursday at Wyndham is appreciation day for the military, and all members, reservists and veterans receive free admission for themselves and their immediate families. Free admission for these service men and women is available through the end of the tournament Sunday.
Approximately 200 members of the 82nd Airborne Division came out to the Wyndham Thursday morning, and the division major Robert Edwards told News 2 he is thankful to the Wyndham for allowing division members to enjoy, for free, this day at the Wyndham with their families.
The Wyndham and Sedgefield staffs remind spectators they must abide by Wyndham rules and silence all cell phones. They can make or receive calls from only designated calling zones--located near concession stands. No photos or videos are permitted as of Thursday and through the end of the tournament Sunday.
Tickets for $30 per day still are available for a two-for-one special at local Harris Teeter stores. Tickets also can be purchased at the Wyndham Championship office and at Golfsmith. Spectators can pick up their tickets from the will call, located by the main entrance behind tee 1.
Spectators can download, for free, the Wyndham Championship app on the iPhone or Android. WC Mobile provides easy-to-access information on parking, directions, the leaderboard and tickets.
The general public can park for $7 at the Greensboro Coliseum and can take the shuttles to and from the tournament until 7 p.m., or until 30 minutes after play ends.