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Sanford International Organizers Say Weather Won't Cast Shadow On Tournament

20,000 people per day are expected at next week's Sanford International... and they'll probably want their umbrellas. 

Our meteorologists are predicting rain next week during the big golf tournament. But organizers say they're prepared.

This man is cranking out a lot of excitement, and raising the official symbol of the Sanford International. 

"It's a little humbling, quite frankly, because it's never been hoisted. We just saw it for the first time," Greg Conrad, Tournament Director, said. 

Workers are putting the finishing touches out here, and Greg Conrad wants this event to be a ray of sunshine for golf fans.

"This is about bringing the community of Sioux Falls together," Conrad said.

Unfortunately, KELOLAND meteorologist Scot Mundt is predicting temps in the 60s and rain early next week, with some areas set to receive three inches. Conrad says clouds won't cast a shadow on the event. 

"We feel good about it. Obviously, we never want weather to impact the event, because you want people to come out and have fun," Conrad said.

Conrad says the tents here are grounded, and can withstand high winds. If the rain is light, golfers will play through. If there's lightning and the weather intensifies, staff will halt the tournament and tell everyone to find shelter. 

"You always worry about the weather. So, you always plan for the weather," Conrad said.

Scot says weather can always change, and he's keeping close watch.

"That's all the job really is, is to help people plan their day as to what they can expect with the weather. Do they need to take an umbrella to this tournament? Probably," Mundt said. 

Right now, Conrad says everything is a go, and will make sure fans know if there are any red flags to worry about. 

"At the end of the day, we need people to be safe. And we wouldn't ask people to come out here if we didn't think it was safe," Conrad said. 

The Sanford International is on September 22 at Minnehaha Country Club. Don't forget to catch our KELOLAND Sports Special Sanford International on Monday at 6:30 p.m. on KELO-TV. Travis Fossing and Bailey Milne will be live from the Minnehaha Country Club, showing you what to look forward to during the tournament. We're also talking with volunteers about the important role they're playing to keep things running smoothly, plus we show you which signature holes to watch while the pro-golfers play.


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