FORSYTH (WCIA) — The longest running Symetra Tour event is coming to an end. This is the last weekend for the Forsyth Classic at Hickory Point Golf Club after 35 years of the event in Central Illinois. A lack of funding is the biggest reason why. A November vote by the Village of Forsyth board shot down the future hotel/motel tax money needed to fund the event past this year. That money will now go towards a community center and sports complex.
“I fought a long time to keep it here because I thought it was a quality of life event,” Forsyth Classic tournament director Cindy Deadrick-Wolfer said. “I thought it gave the community an opportunity to meet women of many nationalities and diverse which some people wouldn’t have the opportunity. It was a professional event. It brought economic impact and so I’m sorry to see it go but on the other hand 35 years is a great run and we’re all really proud of what we’ve done over the 35 years.”
The three-day, 54-hole event tees off Friday morning and runs thru Sunday.