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Less parking with new LPGA venue

Pittsford, N.Y. - Typically, this time of year, Powers Farm along Golf Avenue in Pittsford would be blanketed with pumpkin and corn.

Instead, most of the ten acres of land will be used as a parking lot for the LPGA.

The large field is expected to hold at least 800 cars.

It's a change from the LPGA of years past that were hosted at Locust Hill Country Club where there was more on-site parking. 

This year, however, the tournament will be held at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford.

"We probably lost 150 to 200 on site spaces," LPGA Director of Operations Jim Garvey said.

Garvey said a lot more groups will have to park at other locations and take a shuttle to the golf club.

Powers Farm is one of them who partnered with the LPGA.

"We decided this would be a great spot because it's so well drained, it's got easy access to the road and it's a quarter mile from the main gate," Co-Owner of Powers Farm Market Ned Powers said.

The tournament is renting over 400 spaces for its staff and Powers Farm will sell spots starting at $5.

They've been prepping since January.

Mowing constantly to maintain the grounds, hiring extra staff and working an extra 15 to 20 hours a week, on top of the already 70 hours they work.

"We've been making signs and roping off different areas trying to figure out the best configuration to park cars, just a lot of details in addition to other farm work we have to do," Ned Powers said.

"I think it's kind of exciting. My wife just said for maybe the fifth time this week, 'I can hardly wait until it's over,'" Co-Owner of Powers Farm Market Roger Powers said.

The Powers say the hard work is worth it, even if their field takes a little beating.
They say they're happy to be a part of the final LPGA.

"We're right there and we've kind of found ourselves in the middle of it and we're going to try to make the best of an opportunity," Ned Powers said.

The Powers will also offer parking for a fee at their farm market on Marsh Road in Pittsford.

Spectators will be able to park at MCC and access a free shuttle bus that will drop you off at the front gates of the country club.

Homes along Golf Avenue will also offer parking on lawns for a fee.

This year, public drop offs along Golf Avenue or in front of the golf club will not be allowed.

Drop offs have been designated at Whitehaven Cemetery on Marsh Road.

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Washington Times