Web.com golfers take Lionsgate

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Photo by Jake Goldman

From Aug. 6 through Aug. 9, the Nicklaus Golf Club at Lionsgate hosted the Digital Ally Open, the only Web.Com Tour event held in the Kansas City area. The Web.Com Tour is the path professional golfers must take to reach the apex of the game, the PGA Tour. Blue Valley North graduate Harry Higgs and Blue Valley West graduate Korbin Kuehn, both members at Lionsgate, competed in the Open.

“It’s great to play at home in front of my friends and family. It’s fun to play a course I know so well, but it is a little different for the tournament,” Kuehn said.

Lionsgate has been manicured over the last six weeks in preparation for the event. Tee boxes have been shut down for member play; carts have been limited in the rough; and the groundskeepers have watered the course throughout each day.

“The tournament conditions are a lot firmer and faster than the normal member play. The course looks great,” Assistant Golf Professional Nick Thomas said.

The beautiful conditions drew a field of 156 players from across the world. Lionsgate, a links style course, played easily throughout the week since conditions were wet and fair. Martin Pillar won the tournament with a 26-under-par total over the four days.

“There are so many good players out here. You just have to go out every day and make as many birdies as possible,” Kuehn said.

The event was open to the public, and many students were able to attend the event.

“The Digital Ally Open is a great experience for people in the Kansas City area to immerse themselves in golf. It’s not like a major, so the event is really relaxed,” senior Hunter Kruse said.

The event will continue in Kansas City through the 2016 Web.Com season.