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Wednesday, January 09, 2013Golf: Marathon to sponsor LPGA stop in Toledo
The new name of the tournament will be the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I.
As a result of Marathon's title sponsorship, the tournament will return to television in 2013 with all four rounds to be televised on The Golf Channel.
This year's tournament will be held July 15-21 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania with a purse of $1.3 million and will mark the 28th anniversary of the event. To date, the tournament has contributed $7.75 million to more than 100 children's charities in northwest Ohio and southeastern Michigan.
"We are elated to have Marathon Petroleum as the title sponsor, which will keep the tournament going strong for years to come," Toledo Classic, Inc. board chairman Richard Hylant said. "Marathon's long-term commitment to the tournament, along with the support of our loyal presenting sponsors Owens Corning and Owens-Illinois, provides the solid financial foundation to potentially increase the money raised for area children's charities. We are incredibly proud of the history of the tournament. Now with the live broadcast on The Golf Channel for all four days of the tournament and larger purses in the future, we are in a position to elevate the tournament to a new level."
Jamie Farr has been the host of the tournament for the past 28 years.
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Toledo Classic, Inc. we want to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to Jamie for everything he has done over the years," Hylant said. "Jamie's contributions and loyal support cannot be overstated as the tournament and the community have been affected immeasurably by his involvement."
Hylant also said Toledo Classic, Inc. has permanently named its scholarship fund the Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund to preserve his legacy with the tournament.
So Yeon Ryu is the defending champion of the Toledo event.
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