COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- All eyes are on the greens this week at the ACE Group Classic. This year, players of all ages are competing in Naples.
"I've played once but never a course like this."
High schoolers from around the country had their first shot in the Twin Eagles course Monday, taking party in the tournament's First Tee Champions Challenge, where they were able to play side-by-side with the pros, like Gary Koch.
"I've played in the ACE event virtually every year since I turned 50 which was about 10 years ago," said Koch.
And Koch said since then, he's noticed some changes.
"Bigger and better, every year. It seems to be more sponsors, more spectators, and certainly more interest in the event."
It's Gail Graham's first year as the tournament's Director and she said she's excited to be part of the event.
"I think this is a wonderful golfing community."
For the last thirty years, the PGA Champions Tour has made a stop here in Naples, and every year it brings with it millions of dollars to our local area.
"The economic impact of an event like this is pretty significant," said Graham.
Graham calls the ACE Group Classing the golf tournament to go to.
"I think a lot of the hotels are sold out, hopefully that's a lot of fans coming in to support the event," said Graham.
"The ACE folks are doing the right thing," said Koch.
Not only does the tournament bring in revenue for the area, in the 27 years the Champions Tour has been in Naples, over $3 million has been donated to various charities.