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EDMOND, Okla. – The Oklahoma heat isn’t keeping fans from the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.

Thousands braved the heat Monday, hoping to catch a glimpse of some world-class play.

EMSA says they responded to 13 heat related emergencies this afternoon, seven of those at the Senior Open.

Due to the heat, U.S. Senior Open organizers are helping fans and golfers beat the heat.

“We’re allowing all spectators to bring in one (16 oz) unopened clear bottle of water a day,” USGA Director of Championships Matt Sawicki said.

For $2.50, fans can get two bottled waters, a “buy one get one free” offer.

Organizers have tried to put the grandstands in the shade, but everyone is urged to take the usual summer precautions.

Fans are encouraged to wear light colored and loose fitting clothing, hats, sunscreen.

Organizers say umbrellas are also allowed.

Sawicki said bringing your own chair is also a good idea.

“You can find a nice shady spot, plop your chair down right next to the rope line,” he said.  “It’s like having a court side seat to a Thunder game.”

Congressman James Lankford’s strategy Monday was simple.

“Drink a lot of water and keep moving,” he said.

EMSA says a “heat alert” will remain in place until the temperatures drop dramatically.

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