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Forsyth now title sponsor of Symetra Tour event

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Decatur-Forsyth Classic, the longest running tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour, now becomes simply known as the Forsyth Classic after the City of Decatur couldn’t commit to continuing to support the event financially.

Tournament Director Cindy Deadrick Wolfer paid a visit to Village Hall during the April 16 Board Meeting to let trustees know that Decatur had not yet committed for this year. Her concern turned out to be a legitimate one as a subsequent tie vote by the Decatur City Council on May 7 put an end to the city’s $20,000 funding of the event.

Forsyth, on the other hand, is committed to a sponsorship of $90,000 for this year’s tournament and $100,000 for next year’s 35th anniversary. Deadrick Wolfer told trustees she was very concerned about the funding without the funds coming from Decatur.

“Skyboxes are $20,000,” she said. “And, without funding from Decatur, that may change.”

She told trustees that this presented a naming opportunity that would give the Village an opportunity for more recognition.

“I don’t want to be seen as taking anything away from Decatur,” Trustee David Wendt said. “I know they have budget issues.”

Trustees put the naming of the tournament to a vote, with only one No vote coming from Trustee Bob Gruenewald, who said he didn’t want the Village “to do anything that pushes Decatur away.”

In the end, Deadrick Wolfer said it was more about Decatur being unable to commit even though she thought city council members were mostly for continuing support. She said she wanted the Village to have the same information that she had.

“I’m here strictly because I appreciate you and all our sponsors,” Deadrick Wolfer said. “I never want to alienate a sponsor. I’m a very big proponent of the community and being inclusive.”

The 54-hole tournament runs the week of June 11, with the final round played on Sunday, June 17. There will be a field of 144 players from the United States and around the world competing for a purse of $130,000 and a chance to play on the LPGA Tour.

The tournament attracts players, families, caddies, tournament officials, volunteers and fans to the community for several days during the summer, which is why the Village has long been a supporter.

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