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Little People's Golf Tournament continues to benefit Quincy


The Pepsi Titan Little People's Golf Championship used to bring in close to 1,000 young golfers to the city of Quincy and the Tri-States. But in recent years, it's struggled to pull in the numbers that it used to.

Young golfers from all over the country and some from overseas played this week in Quincy. But event organizers say this year's tournament only drew in about half the number of golfers it did in 2007.

Despite the lower numbers, hotel managers say business is still booming.

Saransh Saxena is one of the hundreds of kids that teed off Tuesday as part of the Little People's Tournament. Saxena travels all across the country playing golf, and says this is his first time stopping in Quincy.

"Good practice for regionals and it's also. It's also a qualifier for a lot of more events," said Saxena.

And this event not only helps improve the golf swing of kids like Saxena, but it also brings in money to local business.

"You're looking at what it does to restaurants, what it does to retail. You know they're going to spend money at the mall, they're going to spend money at the gas stations," said Fairfield Inn by Marriot manager Deb Carstens. "They're going to spend money all over town. So, it is a huge impact on the city."

Carstens says despite the fact that the event's attendance is significantly down for what it has been in years past, her hotel is still booked up.

"Normally, we would be sold out a couple months in advance, well we started booking a couple of months in advance so it was different in that aspect," said Carstens.

Event officials say attendance was up slightly from last year, but they'll have to bank on people like Saxena and his father who plan on coming back next year to keep the event strong in the future.

"I think so. This is a good stop," said Raj Saxena. 

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