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LPGA Fans: Use These Tips to Ace Your Visit to Brickyard Crossing for Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim

Most fans who attend races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway plan ahead, devising a mental road map of what to bring and where to go to create memories for a lifetime at The Greatest Race Course in the World.

That strategy is the same for golf fans attending the inaugural Indy Women in Tech Championship presented by Guggenheim LPGA event Sept. 7-9 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.

But there are differences in the fan regulations for racing and golf events at IMS. Here’s a look at the unique rules of enjoying professional golf at Brickyard Crossing, along with a few tips on how to create the best day possible at the course.

Lawn chairs, backpacks, phones OK. Fans can bring a standard lawn chair, small drawstring backpack and their cell phones to Brickyard Crossing. While cell phones are a common companion for race fans at IMS, The Masters golf tournament has earned some notoriety by prohibiting cell phones anywhere on Augusta National Golf Course during the tournament. That’s not the case this week at Brickyard Crossing. Bring your phone, take pictures and videos, and share your content on social media using the hashtag #IWiTCHAMP.

Make some noise, with courtesy. Fans are encouraged to applaud great shots and root for their favorite players during the tournament. But this isn’t an auto or airplane race featuring roaring engines. Please obey signs requesting quiet, including your phones, when players are hitting shots. So mute your ringtone, put your phone on vibrate and appreciate the skill of the greatest female golfers in the world! LPGA regulations also prohibit noisemakers, such as air horns and similar devices.

No coolers. Fans are not allowed to bring coolers to the course during the tournament, a change from racing events at IMS. But there are plenty of food-and-beverage and hospitality opportunities available at the course, including the value-packed byte @ THE #IWiTCHAMP food experience.

Autographs, please. Just like IndyCar and NASCAR drivers and Red Bull Air Race pilots, the golfers of the LPGA are happy to sign autographs for their fans. The LPGA has special autograph areas set up around the putting green and driving range at Brickyard Crossing. But please don’t ask players for autographs on the course during their rounds. That would be the same as asking a driver for an autograph while strapped into their car! Sharpies, hats, flags and other items to be signed are available in the Brickyard Crossing Pro Shop for autograph seekers.

Devise your game plan. There’s no right or wrong way to watch a golf tournament. Some fans relish the challenge – and high amount of steps! – of following their favorite player around for the entire 18 holes of the Pete Dye-designed course. But others prefer to see a wide variety of players from one or a few vantage points around the course.

Brickyard Crossing PGA Director of Golf Jeff Williams recommends finding a spot or two to watch all of the players, seeing the unique qualities of their respective swings, for example. There’s not a bad hole to see play, as there are abundant spectator mounds on the course, including ADA-accessible mounds.

Williams recommends tournament hole 15, the first hole inside the IMS oval, because it offers a public viewing deck. And the other three holes inside the oval, tournament holes 16-18, all feature extensive spectator mounding and plenty of drama each day as players finish their rounds.

If you want to venture from the infield holes, Williams suggests tournament holes 2, 3 and 4 as a fun stretch to follow. Tournament hole 2 is a par-5 that will be conducive to birdies, hole 3 is a par-3 on the edge of Turn 3 of the racetrack, and hole 4 is a par-4 that also will breed birdies. A shuttle will run up and down the backstretch of the racetrack to help you get to this fun section of the course.

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