This is Cnote Fodizzle, born and raised here in the Capitol city, been in radio for fifteen years, also on our sister station, Sportsradio 1450.I am 45  and married, a holder of three college degrees, an Associates in General Education from Lincoln Land Community College and two B.A's in Political Studies and Communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Here's my philosphy about radio, radio to me is my life its who I am as a person. Thanks for listening to 997 KISS-FM.  Check out The Morning Grind with yours truly along with  Bondsy and Sarah Savannah weekday mornings 6 to 10 and I am your 2011 Best Local Character as voted by readers in the Illinois times.                                                                                                                                                         

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For the last 36 years, Springfield was on the national sports landscape, at least once a year with the LPGA State Farm Classic. The tournament was born in 1976 and became the Rail Charity Golf Classic in its second year of existence in 1977. For years, the tournament was played on Labor Day weekend. In the early years, there was no TV coverage but it was great to have the premiere Lady golfers right here in the Capital City. The tournament made Labor Day weekend special, the end of summer and the beginning of fall. As a youngster, I can remember enjoy our annual family barbeque featuring mom's Potato Salad and of course, the ribs. After we all had eaten I went over to the stereo in the living room to listen to the last moments of the tournament on 1240 WTAX with Coley Cowan and Tim Schweitzer. Some of those were sudden death playoffs which made the Rail Classic exciting. In 2005, the tournament moved to Panther Creek Country Club and the tournament never missed a beat. The tournament finally gained a title sponsor in State Farm. The tournament became the State Farm Rail Classic and later the State Farm Classic. In the last few years, the classic moved away from its traditional Labor Day weekend slot to more in the summer to attract more of the top money winners on tour. Labor Day weekend hasn't been the same since because the holiday weekend loses that special feel. We learned last week that we are going to lose the tournament altogether because of a lack of a corporate sponsor since State Farm pulled out. State Farm isn't the only company to cut back sports sponsorships which is a economic sign of the times. Executive Director Kate Peters tried super hard to secure a new title sponsor but since one could not be found the board decided to dissolve the tournament which is one of the oldest non-major tournaments on the LPGA tour. Next year will seem empty with the LPGA coming to Springfield but someday I would love to see the LPGA make a return to Springfield. We no longer have the tournament but we'll always have the memories.

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