Digital Ally Golf Tournament Is A Hidden Gem

Plus an update on the honeymoon

Brad Fanning
July 26, 2017 - 2:45 pm


The Web.com Tour’s Digital Ally Open is one of the best kept, sports event secrets in Kansas City.  The evolution of the PGA Tour’s minor league event in our town over the last few years has been fascinating to watch.  Here’s a list of the great things you’ll see this week if you make your way out to Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.

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The stadium atmosphere and caddy races on the par-3 17th Hole.  It’s a smaller, more intimate version of what happens on the 16th hole at the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Open in Phoenix, AZ.  It’s professional golf + cocktails + loud fans + plus dudes running as fast as they can with golf bags.  It’s terrific.

You’ll see some former PGA Tour stars.  A couple years ago I was on the driving range and saw Lee Janzen.  He won the U.S. Open in 1993 and 1998.  Shaun Micheel won the PGA Championship in 2003.  He tees off at 7:20am Thursday.  Stuart Appleby has 9-wins on the PGA Tour.  His 1st round tee time is at 8:30am.

Web.com Tour events are typically set up for players go low.  You will see a ton of birdies, possibly even an ace or two. 

Your mind will be blown how far these guys hit the golf ball.  Professional golf tournaments are a little like NASCAR races.  They’re fine to watch in TV, but you don’t really get a feel for how good these guys are unless you see them in person.  These cats have spines made from rubber bands and will hit some drives 350-yards.

Access, access and MORE access.  It’s easy to get into the course and easy to get to whatever hole you want.

Root for the local Kid.  Curtis Yonke shot 61 in the Monday qualifier to earn a spot in this week’s field.  Curtis played his college golf at K-State.


The wedding was great, the reception was even greater with 300 of our best friends and then the storm hit.  The game plan was to have a relaxing Sunday as the Coug and I prepared to leave for our honeymoon on Monday.  But we had to rush home from our secret downtown hideaway after the reception because about a third of our giant maple tree landed on the Coug’s car.  Sunday consisted of chain saws, bow saws and insurance claims.

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 I look at it this way…if rain on your wedding day is good luck, a violent storm blowing a giant tree on your wife’s car must be great luck for life! 

We made it to our destination late Monday night.  We found a moonshine distillery and sampled all 14 flavors.  We also found a restaurant with a 40-foot chicken out front.  And…..wait for it…..a chair called “The Love Throne.”

The Royals haven’t lost since I’ve been gone.  If the run the table the rest of the week and through the weekend Royals fans may not want me back on the air!

The engagement at the K.

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See you Monday. -BF


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