By JAMIE BAKER
Additional tournament volunteers from the region aren’t the only thing that changed when Marathon took over as the primary sponsor of the annual LPGA Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Marathon taking over the tournament sponsorship was also a boost to many area charities as well.
The tournament has raised more than $8.1 million for 100 Northwestern Ohio charities since the tournament’s humble beginnings in 1984.
Organizations that are core recipients each year from the event’s proceeds are the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund administered by the Toledo Community Foundation.
But a dozen local charities will be among those benefiting from this year’s event.
Area charities who will receive proceeds from the tournament include: The Arts Partnership of Hancock County, Camp Fire Northwest Ohio, Christian Clearing House, Findlay Family YMCA, Friends of the Findlay-Hancock County Library, Gliding Stars of Findlay, Putnam County Educational Service Center, Putnam County YMCA, Ryan’s Place, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth, Special Kids Therapy and the United Way of Hancock County.
Last year’s LPGA Marathon Classic raised $378,000.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: While the tournament doesn’t officially begin until Thursday of next week, there are pro-am tournaments scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The opening round is set for Thursday, July 17. With second and third round action slated for Friday and Saturday and final round Sunday.
There is also an LPGA sponsored junior golf clinic at 4 p.m. on Saturday. More information on the tournament schedule and complete ticket information is available on the tournament’s website at marathonclassic.com.
THE KING: Golf fans also into motorsports are also in luck.
Marathon will be bringing Richard Petty to town for the tournament’s opening day.
The NASCAR racing legend will be at Highland Meadows to sign autographs and cheer on his favorite LPGA players while bringing along his customized golf cart and No. 43 race car.
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