Heat doesn't sideline spectators at Air Capital Classic

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Organizers, competitors and patrons say they won't let a looming heat wave burn out their enthusiasm for the 2017 Air Capital Classic at Crestview Country club. 

"It's definitely hot out here," said Carla Hall, as she stood in front of an air conditioner at a grandstand at the Air Capital Classic golf tournament.

The four day tournament is expected to draw about 40,000 spectators.   

The place many spectators like to gather at is at the 17th hole.  The grandstands there can shelter 4,000 fans where plenty of beverages flow, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Golf spectator Andy Hall said, "I think the biggest thing is to make sure you're drinking plenty of water.  And if you start to get a headache and feel bad to get in the shade."

There are also 156 golfers and their caddies who have to stay hydrated.  A spokesman for the tournament said one of the biggest challenges is keeping the concessions and the tees stocked up with plenty of water for everyone.

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