Altvater: Less than a month until the LPGA Marathon ClassicWritten by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
The best women golfers in the world will invade Highland Meadows Golf Club on July 17-20 for the second edition of the LPGA Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I.
Last year was the first year Marathon Petroleum assumed the title sponsorship of the tournament. The company has helped breathe new life into the event and have proven to be a good partner for the LPGA and the local community.
An LPGA tournament has been held in Toledo since 1984, when Tournament Director Judd Silverman brought the best women golfers to town for the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
The Marathon Classic donated $378,000 to local children’s charities in 2013 and since 1984 over $8 million has been raised.
Defending champion Beatriz Recari was in Toledo last week to preview this year’s tournament. She found the golf course in very good shape and should be perfect in July for the tournament.
Recari had her best year on tour last season with two wins and nine top-10 finishes. She earned over $1 million and finished No. 8 in the LPGA money list.
What a difference a year makes. She has been dealing with injuries this season and has only earned $24,000. In 10 starts this year, she does not have a top-10 finish.
When asked about her poor performance thus far in 2014, Recari replied:
“My year (2014) has not gone as planned, unfortunately. All I care about is that I am on the right path now and I am healthy again. All the issues I had to take care of are taken care of. I am excited to focus on the rest of the year.”
Recari has struggled with eating disorders and is an Ambassador for The Alliance for Eating Awareness.
The Marathon Classic has a variety of events surrounding the tournament.
In addition to numerous pro-am tournaments preceding the tournament, NASCAR legend Richard Petty will make an appearance to meet with fans and sign autographs on July 17.
The popular “Club 14″ will once again be a feature at the par-three No. 14 hole. The Labatt Blue Royale Party Deck is a new addition for 2014 and will increase the excitement at the intimate hole.
The Marathon Classic Kid Zone offers activities for children and will be available throughout the week of the tournament.
It takes 1,200 volunteers to make the tournament run smoothly. The Marathon Classic is always looking for local residents to help in various capacities throughout the week.
If you would like to volunteer, visit MarathonClassic.com for more information.