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High-profile golf tournament brings big business to Cape Girardeau

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The USGA Women's State Team Championship kicks off at Dalhousie Golf Course in Cape Girardeau on Thursday.

The three-day event is a championship where nearly each state is represented by a team of three amateur players.

This year 50 three-player teams will compete, representing 49 states and the District of Columbia. Vermont and Puerto Rico did not enter teams.

Golfers ranging in age from 13 to 69 will tee off on Thursday at 7:05 a.m.

The Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau expects the event to mean big business for the area.

The average of the women's state team competitors is 34-years-old. The visitors bureau says that is why they expect so many players, their families, coaches, and friends to spend money at the city's restaurants, hotels, and shopping malls.

As of Wednesday, most of the hotels in Cape Girardeau were all booked up, either from this event or others.

Holiday Inn and Express, Drury Suites, Pear Tree Inn, Candlewood Suites and the Drury Lodge report they are nearly at capacity for Sept. 10 and 11. The visitors bureau believes a good portion of those 492 rooms were booked by people involved with the major golfing event.

According to Alyssa Lage with the visitors bureau, the overflow of people is spreading to places like Perryville.

Feedback from the players already suggests they love downtown Cape Girardeau and feel welcomed to the area.

This is the first time the USGA championship will be conducted at Dalhousie Golf Club and the 19th time a championship has been held in the Show-Me State.

Chairman of the women's committee Stacey Collins says teams have been overwhelmed by the welcoming from people in the community.

“Here at Dalhousie each team was adopted by a host family,' Collins said. "So those host families have come out to cheer for the women playing for that state and put gift boxes in their locker rooms, the reception has been very good.”

Dalhousie owner Cord Dombrowski says it was a long journey getting the tournament to cape, but he’s glad USGA decided to come.

“Everybody is just happy!" he said. "For one that its here because its been a year and half process to get to this day.”

Out of about 15,000 golf courses in the US, the search was narrowed down over the last few years to eligible places.

Dombrowski says when he got word that cape was in the running, he was shocked.

“To have been competing for one of those spots was beyond our ability to even think about," Dombrowski said. "So it’s a great testament to our club and our staff to maintain the facility, so that we would be considered.”

Jack Connell is assisting the staff and says this event really brings a lot to the community.

“It’s great for all of us and the surrounding areas,' Connell said. "It brings at least three players, not counting the caddies, in from all 50 states. It brings 40 UGA officials who do tournaments throughout the year."

Looking forward Dombrowski plans to learn from this event so that more golf tournaments can be hosted in town.

“Right now this is the biggest stage and we’re going to learn a lot more next week than we do right now," he said. "Once all the results are in about what the obstacles were and what was really good and not so good in terms of the overall experience.”

For people looking to watch the event, it is free and open to the public, no tickets are needed. Spectators are even able to walk the course with the players as long as they keep a respectful distance.

Public parking is in the upper lot by the clubhouse.

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