I'll start right out by saying this letter is not a negative one. I felt compelled to write a Letter to the Editor only because I would like to say thank you. Thank you to the T-R for sponsoring the City Golf Tournament that truly unites our community for an entire weekend each year in August. Thank you to The American Legion and Elmwood Country Club for putting on a great Tournament not only for the golfers but also for the spectators. Over the years I have played in the Ladies Division of this tournament. Sometimes I finished last and others I managed to win a little something. Either way, it was a great way to play golf on two great courses. This year the tournament was played, but without a ladies division. We were told it was as a result of declining numbers over the last several years. It doesn't make sense to have a division with only 6-8 players. I don't blame the Professionals at the two courses or the T-R for this decision.
What concerns me is that as I've watched the number of women signed up to play in this tournament decline over the years and then look around our community of "lady golfers" and wonder why. We have girls high school golf teams in Marshalltown and surrounding communities that would really benefit from this type of competition. The varsity players should have to play in the tournament for practice. We have ladies golf organizations that play weekly games and tournaments that could help support this tournament as well. Some say, "I can't win so I don't want to play." The nice thing is that when we get 24 or more women/girls involved, we have more flights and a better opportunity to place in each of those flights regardless of your score. Yes, while playing in the tournament you have to play your own ball and you have to count every stroke, but that's how golf is supposed to be played in the first place. What better way to support the community, our two courses and meet people then to spend two days on the golf course.
Sometimes you don't realize how much you enjoy something until it's gone. I hope someday they'll offer the ladies division of the T-R City Tournament again. I know I'll play.