JFOCC provides several Pro-Ams for fansWritten by Chris Schmidbauer | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic has become a unique event that those in the Glass City look forward each and every year. The tournament always provides an exciting four rounds of golf with some of the best LPGA golfers taking part.
But the tournament staff has been working hard to make sure that there is plenty of action on the course prior to the tournament’s official start July 1. Beginning June 28 there will be several events taking place out at Highland Meadows, concluding with the O-I Celebrity Pro-Am, which will take place June 30.
“We will have events taking place all week and that is really important to our event,” said Judd Silverman, tournament director. “We want folks to come out and experience playing with some of the best women golfers in the world, and they Pro-Ams provide a unique experience for the businesses to come out and entertain clients here too.”
The events kick off June 28 with the Mercy / Lucas County Healthy Communities Foundation Pro-Am followed by the KeyBank Putting Pro-Am. Monday’s activities will conclude with the Aquafina Junior Pro-Am, which tees off at 1:30 p.m.
The junior pro-am is a unique event that pairs a LPGA golfer with a talented player from a local high school.
“All high schools are allowed to participate. We send out forms to all the high school coaches in the area and then they can nominate up to four players to participate in the event,” Silverman said.
The event will have 19 players taking part in the tournament and Silverman said there will be 76 local female high school golfers.
“The tournament will be in a scramble format and it is really just a fun time for these girls to come out and spend an afternoon with a LPGA pro out on the links,” he said.
June 29 is a packed day as well. The day starts with O-I Pro-Am at the Inverness Club. Local businesses will take part in the event pairing a local vendor with a LPGA golfer.
The action moves back down to Highland Meadows for the the Image Group Celebrity/Pro Challenge which will start at 3 p.m.
Silverman said the challenge is a six hole contest and local celebrities like former UT quarterback Chuck Ealey and tournament name sake Jamie Farr will be taking part in the challenge.
The day’s events will conclude with the The Hylant Group Gala Dinner & Show at SeaGate Centre in Downtown Toledo, which will feature Jim Belushi and Jim Belushi and The Sacred Hearts at 6 p.m.
All the pre-tournament action culminates with the O-I Celebrity Pro-Am which will take place June 30, with groups teeing off at 7:30 a.m. at Highland Meadows.
Along with Farr and Ealey, celebrities like Toledo native Christine Brennan from USA Today, UT’s new men’s basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk and women’s basketball coach Tricia Cullop will take part in the event.
Cullop, who’s Lady Rockets finished second in the MAC tournament this past season, is excited to play in the Celebrity Pro-Am for the second straight year. She has been practicing with UT golf coach Nicole Hollingsworth to get her golf game in order.
“Last year was my first year playing in the event and I had such a great time that I am excited to be able to take part in the event again,” she said. “I have been making sure my golf game is ready to go and I am looking forward to having a lot of fun like I did last year at the tournament.”
Silverman said that the celebrity pro-am allows 58 golfers of the 150 in the field to be able to get one last go around on the course before play officially begins the following day.
“Those golfers will get a chance to one last look at the course, see the greens and they kind of get an opportunity to see everything one last time,” he said.
Silverman is proud of the tournament and said that they are pleased and excited with the field they have put together.
“This pro-am allows Jamie to bring some of his friends out to play and it just creates a fun atmosphere for everyone. It’s a real nice way to kick things off before the tournament starts the next day,” he said.