Local golf: Julie Cole Classic today at country club

Stacy Lewis, who took the No. 1 spot in the world rankings with Sunday’s victory in the ShopRite LPGA Classic, will be the featured pro today when the 25th annual Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic is held at the Findlay Country Club.
Lewis opened the tournament with a 67, tied the Seaview Bay Course record with a 63 on Saturday and carded another 67 on Sunday to finish with a 197 total and six-stroke victory over Christina Kim (64-67-72–203). It as the second LPGA win of the season for Lewis, and her 10th overall.
A Findlay High graduate, Cole earned athletic scholarships in both basketball and golf from Ohio University. She turned professional in 1979 and competed on the Futures Golf Tour, the Asian Tour and the European Tour. She qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1985 and achieved career milestones of fourth-place finishes in the Ladies British Open as well as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic (now the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I).
Cole qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open in 1995 and is a decorated member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Division, being named the LPGA Southeast Section “Teacher of the Year” in both 1995 and 1999.
Cole is currently the Director of Instruction and Managing Partner at the Dana Rader Golf School at Ballantyne Resort, a Golf Magazine Top 25 Golf School in Charlotte, N.C.
Over the previous 24 years, the Blanchard Valley Health Foundation’s Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic has generated more than $2 million for local charities.
Twenty-eight teams, divided into four flights, will compete in a shamble foursome one-best-ball event. There is a $10 spectator’s fee, which includes lunch.

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