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Normal to host another ASA national softball tournament in 2011

Normal’s bid to host another national softball tournament  hit the jackpot in Reno, Nevada.

Normal Parks and Recreation and the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau staff report that Normal was awarded the 2011  ASA Women’s Under 18 national championships to be played at Champion Fields.  image002

With stiffer competition for championship softball tournaments, the winning bid demonstrates the quality of our tournament staff, our fields, and the hospitality of our community.    Normal beat out a number of other larger cities.

This year’s women’s 18 and under tournament attracted 144 teams.    In late July and early August of 2011, as many as 1,500 players, their coaches, and family members will stay several days here and  generate lots of business for the entire area.

A Pantagraph sports story from this past summer’s tournament indicated that travel softball families aren’t afraid to spend money even in a tight economy.

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Ironwood Golf Course bucks a trend and finishes in the black

The Masters starts in a week.

Tiger Woods is back to his winning ways.

And Ironwood Golf Course, after a long hiatus, is back in the black, as it was expected to finish the just completed fiscal year with a small profit.

That’s impressive.10puttinggreen

Especially when you consider the drop off in golf participation nationally and the very tough competition among courses in this area.

Of course, Ironwood’s quality is so much higher today than it was a few years ago when the Town council approved a staff recommendation to hire a full time maintenance superintendent and take course maintenance in house. 

Ironwood has never looked back.

Over the past two years, the Town has installed a new irrigation system.   And the greens are now always in incredible shape.

Ironwood residents speak highly of the new golf course management.  An excellent, well managed course can’t help but improve neighboring property values. 

Congratulations to the Parks and Rec administration, course manager and pro Craig Onsrud, and maintenance superintendent Rob Hale.

Well done.

Rounds played at Ironwood in recent years:

2005 — 26,015

2006 — 20,336

2007 — 23,464

2008 — 23,999

(Source: 2008 Town of Normal Annual Report)

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