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.
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.
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.
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.