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Village to continue sponsorship of Decatur-Forsyth Classic

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cindy Deadrick Wolfer, tournament organizer of the Decatur-Forsyth Classic, visited Village Hall during the August 21 Board meeting.

Since the Village’s three-year commitment as a sponsor ended this year, Deadrick Wolfer was hoping to renew for another two years. This new, two-year commitment also included a request for additional dollars.

Deadrick Wolfer began by expressing her gratitude to the Board for the many years of sponsorship.

“First and foremost, I want to say thank you,” she said. “Your support has been significant and important to the tournament. The viability rests on your shoulders as a sponsor of the tournament.”

In that vein, her written proposal called the Village’s previous sponsorship “the stabilizing factor for the tournament” for the past six years. Deadrick Wolfer said the tour estimates an economic impact to the community of about $500,000. She said 200-plus people come to town, including players, family members and caddies from all over the world.

After brief discussion, trustees agreed to Deadrick Wolfer’s request for a two-year sponsorship and agreed to up that commitment by pledging $90,000 to the tournament in 2018 and $100,000 in 2019. The Village’s previous share was for $75,000 each year for three years, from 2015-2017.

More dollars are needed, Deadrick Wolfer said, to increase the purse — to $135,000 in 2019 — and to help celebrate the tournament’s 35th anniversary that same year. That will make the event the longest running on the Symetra Tour and the fourth longest in women’s professional golf.

The Symetra Tour has committed to June dates for the tournament in both 2018 and 2019, Deadrick Wolfer said.

Trustee Jim Peck asked about Decatur’s share of the sponsorship. Deadrick Wolfer said Decatur puts up $20,000 while the Decatur Park District adds $30,000.

Trustee Bob Gruenewald expressed concern about the Village “carrying so much of the load” of sponsorship. He added that he supports the event but hoped that the tournament continues to seek out other sponsors. Deadrick Wolfer said the hard work is indeed put forth to find other sponsors.

Trustees Kerry Denison and David Wendt were interested in the possibility two years from now of the Village being the tournament’s title sponsor.

In order to qualify for that distinction, the Village would be required to come up with the entire purse, which is $130,000 for 2018 and $135,000 for 2019.

Wendt said he’d like to see the tournament continue for another 10 to 15 years and talked about the valuable exposure the event garners for the Village and the international people it brings to town.

“I don’t know what we’re going to spend hotel/motel tax funds on if not this,” Wendt said in support of the Village eventually being the tournament’s sole and title sponsor.

In agreement, Denison called the decision to be title sponsor a “no brainer.”

All votes were Yea; the measure carried.

“Thank you very much,” Deadrick Wolfer said. “We will make you proud again.”

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