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Money an Issue for Security at Womens Open

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Security will be tightened for the U.S. Women's Open in July. The question now is, who's going to pay for it?
 
The U.S. Golf Association has asked for 50 security officers a day, four bomb-sniffing dogs and a no-fly zone over Prairie Dunes Country Club during the tournament.
 
Former Sheriff Larry Leslie budgeted $10,000 to pay overtime for nine sheriff's officers. The Hutchinson Police Department also plans to supply 10 men.
 
But that was before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Since then, security requests have increased dramatically, Sheriff Randy Henderson said.
 
'We can provide but we can't pay for it,' Henderson told Reno County commissioners Tuesday.
 
USGA spokesman Marty Parkes said Wednesday that security plans for the Women's Open have not been completed.
 
'We certainly will work with the commission to offer the best championship possible,' he said.
 
Henderson said he can find an additional $6,000 in his budget for security, but that's nowhere near the amount needed. Henderson said he will ask tournament officials to pay for the extra protection.
 
Commission chairman Larry Sharp said the county already contributed $100,000 to the tournament. Commissioner Francis Schoepf urged Henderson to stand firm with tournament organizers.
 
'I'm not in favor of giving them any more money than we already have,' Schoepf said.
 
The USGA's request for a no-fly zone while the world's top women golfers compete also raised some concerns.
 
'I don't see how a no-fly zone would work,' Henderson said. 'NBC will have a blimp there. And in the summer the wind blows from the south. Since airplanes land into the wind, they'll be coming in right over the golf course when they land at (Hutchinson) airport.'
 
Sheryl Bredfelt, a member of the airport advisory committee, said the no-fly decision would be made by the Federal Aviation Administration. She said security issues are to be worked out this month.
 
Tournament co-chairwoman Lori Cook North said security will be a collaborative effort among the USGA and city, county and state officials. Private security also will be involved.