The tournament manager said he expects homeowners to open their yards for paid parking.
By PETE MOLLICA
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
VIENNA -- Parking is not going to be a problem at the 2001 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic which begins Monday at Squaw Creek Country Club.
Eddie Thomas, tournament manager, is excited about the parking situation for this week.
"This might be the best overall situation that we've ever had for this tournament," he said. "Our shuttling of fans will be at the minimum this year."
Thomas indicated that most of the parking, especially early tournament week, will be handled by the Creekside Allotment which adjoins the golf course.
"Anyone parking at Creekside will be within walking distance of a tournament gate," Thomas said. "But we will have transportation available for those who can't walk the short distance."
The second parking facility for the tournament will be at the Mathews Elementary School, which is just across the street from the club.
"We will have shuttle service to and from that lot all week long, but the shuttle ride will be probably less than a minute away," Thomas said.
Free lots: Both of those parking lots are free to the public, as is the shuttle service.
If that isn't convenient enough for the spectators, Thomas knows that just about every homeowner right across the street from the golf course will be parking cars tournament week.
"Of course, you'll have to pay to park there, but it will be extremely convenient and there will be plenty of spots available," he said.
Clubhouse parking will be available to only tournament officials, sponsors and Pro-Am package participants since that lot is limited to the number of spaces available.
"We are very pleased with the parking situation here and we are sure that the fans will be also," he said.
The 2001 Giant Eagle LPGA Classic runs Monday through Sunday, with the tournament playing dates being Friday-Sunday.
All three rounds will be televised by ESPN2.