Golf classic will feature 48 of the top 50 LPGA golfersWritten by Allison Wingate | | email@example.com
The 25th anniversary Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic (JFOCC) will feature a record amount of top LPGA golfers, among them the No. 1 ranked women’s golfer in the world, Lorena Ochoa from Guadalajara, Mexico.
The classic begins June 29 through July 5 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania and is presented by Kroger.
“We have all 10 of the top 10 women golfers, and 48 of the top 50 will be on our field,” said Judd Silverman, founder and tournament director.
Defending champ Paula Creamer and last year’s runner-up Morgan Pressel have committed.”
“This field is by far the best we’ve ever had with a 72-hole tournament,” he said.
The tournament will not only feature LPGA heavyweights, but also newcomers to the professional golfing scene, such as LPGA rookie Michelle Wie and 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship winner Brittany Lincicome.
“Some other notable players we’re going to have are Cristie Kerr, Natalie Gulbis, and five-time winner Se Ri Pak,” Silverman said.
Cristie Kerr is currently ranked No. 1 on the LPGA Money List at $789,900, trailed by fellow Farr Classic participants In-Kyung Kim at $738,512, and Lorena Ochoa at $711,105, according to the official LPGA Web site.
“We’re hopeful that this year’s tournament will be successful as past events as we’re raising money for 12 area children’s charities,” Silverman said.
The tournament also contributes annually to the JFOCC Scholarship Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, a $3,000 scholarship for tuition for high school seniors from Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan who have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA, according to the tournament’s official Web site.
Director of Operations Sandy White said the tournament gives the community a boost.
“It brings people in from out of town and generates dollars for the community as people stay in our hotels,” White said. “It showcases the community because people can see Toledo on the course and on national television.