After defending her title at the Quincy Women's City Golf Tournament for a second straight year, Dakota Limkemann realized she only had to defeat three others to do so after just four women signed up for this year's event.
"I was kind of disappointed honestly. It caught me off guard a little bit," said three-time defending champion.
Lindsay Burry, the Quincy High girls golf coach, has been a regular at the annual tournament over the last decade but agrees with Limkemann.
"When you're here on Sunday morning and you only have one group of ladies, it's kind of discouraging," she said.
In fact, Burry can remember a time when the tournament was much larger than it was this summer.
"Any time you have those numbers it just promotes the game of golf so for the course to have that many would be great," she said.
Over the course of the two day tournament Limkemann and Burry knew their tournament needed to grow to survive. Rather than sit and wait, though, they decided to try and help their own cause.
"When it was all said and done that's when the conversation started," says Burry.
That conversation became an agreement between the two to personally invite other to next year's tournament in the hopes that getting the word out would help the tournament's numbers.
"I think we both saw that there were only four people in this and we needed to do something about it. We always see so many men out here but not many women and I think we should get to enjoy it, as well," Limkemann says.
"Ultimately that is how it happens. You have to keep it people's ears and encourage them to do so," said Burry.
While the two do not have an exact number of how many more golfers they would like to see in next summer's tournament, they agree that another group or two would, at least, be a step in the right direction.
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