SIMPLYkc Magazine July 2016

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DIGITAL ALLY OPEN: GOLF FUN FOR EVERYONE BY TINA KLUGMAN Photos / Mark Higgins

When you think of golf, do you think of charity, community involvement, and fun? The Digital Ally Open, a golf tournament held annually in Kansas City, not only provides locals and tourists with front-row access to a first-class golf tournament, but it also provides plenty of fun activities for all ages as well as raises major dough for designated charities. You don’t even have to like golf to have fun at the tournament! The Digital Ally Open (formerly known as the Midwest Classic) is a four-day tournament held each year at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate in Overland Park. It’s the official proving ground of the PGA TOUR. The Digital Ally Open tournament is part of the Web.com Tour, which is founded, owned, and operated by the PGA TOUR. It identifies players who are ready to compete and win on the PGA Tour, and it includes 24 tournaments like the Digital Ally Open, which are played across the U.S. and five other countries. More than 300 players compete over the course of the season for a PGA TOUR card, and only 50 players actually walk away with one Kelly Eddy, executive director of the Kansas City Crusaders, the not-for-profit host organization of the Digital Ally Open, has been involved in the golf tournament scene her whole life. Besides playing collegiate golf, she grew up on a golf course that had a Web.com Tour tournament and her family hosted a player, which kept her involved and passionate about what professional golf could add to a community. Now she runs the Digital Ally Open tournament, which is in its sixth year in Kansas City.

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