Marathon Classic

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Marathon Classic
Marathon Classic logo.png
Tournament information
LocationSylvania, Ohio, U.S.
Established1984, 34 years ago
Course(s)Highland Meadows Golf Club
Par71
Length6,506 yards (5,949 m)
Tour(s)LPGA Tour
FormatStroke play – 72 holes
Prize fund$1.6 million
Month playedJuly
Tournament record score
Aggregate261 Se Ri Pak (1998)
To par−23 as above
Current champion
Thailand Thidapa Suwannapura
Highland Meadows Golf Club is located in the US
Highland Meadows Golf Club
Highland Meadows
Golf Club
Location in the United States
Highland Meadows Golf Club is located in Ohio
Highland Meadows Golf Club
Highland Meadows
Golf Club
Location in Ohio

The Marathon Classic, in full the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I, is a women's professional golf tournament on the LPGA Tour. It was founded 34 years ago in 1984 and has been played yearly, except in 1986 and 2011, in Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb northwest of Toledo. The tournament is televised by Golf Channel.

History[edit]

The tournament was founded after PGA Tour caddie Judd Silverman, a Toledo native, sought to bring a ladies professional golf tournament to his hometown. He contacted sponsors and actor Jamie Farr, also a Toledo native, brought his name and several of his celebrity friends to the tournament. Throughout the history of the event, children's charities in Northwest Ohio and Southern Michigan have been the charitable beneficiaries of the tournament. They have received more than $6.2 million during the event's history.[1]

From 2004 to 2010, the title sponsor was Owens Corning, the world's largest manufacturer of fiberglass and related products, headquartered in Toledo, near the site of the tournament. In 2012, they became a presenting sponsor. Kroger, one of the largest American supermarket chains, with headquarters in Cincinnati, has also been involved as a sponsor of the tournament since 1997. Owens-Illinois (O-I) became a sponsor in 2012.

From 1984 to 1988, the tournament was held in the village of Holland at Glengarry Country Club (41°38′06″N 83°45′18″W / 41.635°N 83.755°W / 41.635; -83.755), which became Stone Oak Country Club in 1988.[2][3] The event moved several miles north in 1989 to its current home, Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, just south of the Michigan state line.

The largest playoff in LPGA history took place at the 1999 Jamie Farr, a six-player affair involving Karrie Webb, Carin Koch, Sherri Steinhauer, Se Ri Pak, Kelli Kuehne, and Mardi Lunn. Defending champion Pak won it on first hole of sudden death, sinking a ten-foot (3 m) birdie putt.[4]

In 2007, Pak won the Farr for the fifth time, becoming only the fourth player on the LPGA Tour to win the same tournament five times.

The tournament was at risk of ending after 2009, due to a variety of circumstances including the slumping worldwide economy and reported dissatisfaction with LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Bivens. Late in August 2009, after Bivens had resigned under pressure, it was announced that the tournament would continue for at least one more year, albeit with a sharply reduced purse.[5]

On June 29, 2010, LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan announced the Farr Classic would return for at least three more years beginning in 2012.[6] The tournament took a one-year hiatus in 2011, as the Toledo area hosted the U.S. Senior Open, a major championship on the Champions Tour, at the Inverness Club in late July. A similar break occurred in 1986, when the PGA Championship was at Inverness in August.

On December 2, 2011, tournament director Judd Silverman announced that the Jamie Farr Classic would have a new name and a new logo; it became the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I.[7] On January 8, 2013, the LPGA announced that Marathon Petroleum was replacing Jamie Farr as the title sponsor.[8] In 2016, the event received broadcast network coverage for the first time when CBS Sports televised the final round live.

Tournament names through the years:

  • 1984–1996: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic
  • 1997–2000: Jamie Farr Kroger Classic
  • 2001–2003: Jamie Farr Kroger Classic Presented by ALLTEL
  • 2004–2010: Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger
  • 2012: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I
  • 2013–present: Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I

2016 course layout[edit]

Highland Meadows Golf Club

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total[9]
Yards 347 162 396 382 401 170 575 146 375 2,954 376 407 395 355 175 399 400 513 532 3,535 6,506
Par 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 34 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 5 5 37 71

Winners[edit]

Year Dates Champion Country Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Venue Purse ($) Winner's
share ($)
2018 Jul 12–15 Thidapa Suwannapura  Thailand 65-69-71-65=270 −14 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,600,000 240,000
2017 Jul 20–23 In-Kyung Kim  South Korea 65-67-68-63=263 −21 4 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,600,000 240,000
2016 Jul 14–17 Lydia Ko (2)  New Zealand 68-66-67-69=270 −14 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,500,000 225,000
2015 Jul 16–19 Chella Choi  South Korea 73-66-65-66=270 −14 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,500,000 225,000
2014 Jul 17–20 Lydia Ko  New Zealand 67-67-70-65=269 −15 1 stroke Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,400,000 210,000
2013 Jul 18–21 Beatriz Recari  Spain 69-65-67-66=267 −17 1 stroke Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,300,000 195,000
2012 Aug 9–12 So Yeon Ryu  South Korea 67-68-67-62=264 −20 7 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,300,000 195,000
2011 No tournament, area hosted U.S. Senior Open in July
2010 Jul 1–4 Na Yeon Choi  South Korea 64-67-68-71=270 −14 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,000,000 150,000
2009 Jul 2–5 Eunjung Yi  South Korea 68-66-61-71=266 −18 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,400,000 210,000
2008 Jul 10–13 Paula Creamer  United States 60-65-70-73=268 −16 2 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,300,000 195,000
2007 Jul 12–15 Se Ri Pak (5)  South Korea 63-68-69-67=267 −17 3 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,300,000 195,000
2006 Jul 13–16 Mi Hyun Kim  South Korea 68-66-67-65=266 −18 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,200,000 180,000
2005 Jul 7–10 Heather Bowie  United States 72-66-69-67=274 −10 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,200,000 180,000
2004 Aug 5–8 Meg Mallon  United States 66-69-74-68=277 −7 1 stroke Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,100,000 165,000
2003 Aug 14–17 Se Ri Pak (4)  South Korea 69-67-64-71=271 −13 2 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,000,000 150,000
2002 Jul 11–14 Rachel Teske  Australia 67-73-64-66=270 −14 2 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,000,000 150,000
2001 Jul 5–8 Se Ri Pak (3)  South Korea 70-62-69-68=269 −15 2 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,000,000 150,000
2000 Jul 6–9 Annika Sörenstam  Sweden 70-67-66-71=274 −10 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 1,000,000 150,000
1999 Jul 1–4 Se Ri Pak (2)  South Korea 68-69-68-71=276 −8 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 900,000 135,000
1998 Jul 9–12 Se Ri Pak  South Korea 71-61-63-66=261 −23 9 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 800,000 120,000
1997 Jul 3–6 Kelly Robbins (2)  United States 67-64-67-67=265 −19 8 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 700,000 105,000
1996 Jul 5–7 Joan Pitcock  United States 68-66-70=204 −9 1 stroke Highland Meadows Golf Club 575,000 86,250
1995 Jul 7–9 Kathryn Marshall  Scotland 67-71-67=205 −8 1 stroke Highland Meadows Golf Club 500,000 75,000
1994 Jul 8–10 Kelly Robbins  United States 69-70-65=204 −9 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 500,000 75,000
1993 Jul 2–4 Brandie Burton  United States 68-66-67=201 −12 1 stroke Highland Meadows Golf Club 500,000 75,000
1992 Jul 3–5 Patty Sheehan  United States 70-73-66=209 −4 1 stroke Highland Meadows Golf Club 400,000 60,000
1991 Jul 5–7 Alice Miller  United States 69-66-70=205 −8 Playoff Highland Meadows Golf Club 350,000 52,500
1990 Jul 6–8 Tina Purtzer  Canada 67-72-66=205 −8 4 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 325,000 48,750
1989 Jul 7–9 Penny Hammel (2)  United States 69-66-71=206 −7 2 strokes Highland Meadows Golf Club 275,000 41,250
1988 Jun 2–5 Laura Davies  England 69-70-69-69=277 −11 3 strokes Glengarry Country Club 275,000 41,250
1987 Jul 2–5 Jane Geddes  United States 71-73-69-67=280 −8 2 strokes Glengarry Country Club 225,000 33,750
1986 No tournament, area hosted PGA Championship in August
1985 Aug 1–4 Penny Hammel  United States 72-69-72-65=278 −10 1 stroke Glengarry Country Club 175,000 26,250
1984 Jul 5–8 Lauri Peterson  United States 68-72-65-73=278 −10 2 strokes Glengarry Country Club 175,000 26,250

Source:[10]
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

Tournament records[edit]

Year Player Score To par Round Course
2008 Paula Creamer 60 −11 1st Highland Meadows Golf Club

Source:[11]

Multiple winners[edit]

Four players have won the event more than once.

See also[edit]

  • Glass City Classic: a LPGA Tour event that was played at Highland Meadows Golf Club in 1966.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Charities Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Hackenberg, Dave (May 11, 1988). "Glengarry will change name". Toledo Blade. Ohio. p. 19.
  3. ^ "Club history". Stone Oak Country Club. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
  4. ^ "Pak wins crowded playoff". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. July 5, 1999. p. 3C.
  5. ^ "The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Continues". Golf Digest. September 2, 2009. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  6. ^ "Farr Classic to go on hiatus in 2011". ESPN. Associated Press. June 30, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Hackenberg, Dave (December 2, 2011). "New name, new logo for Farr Classic". Toledo Blade. Toledo, Ohio. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "Marathon Petroleum Corporation Joins LPGA Family as Title Partner of Northeast Ohio Tour Event". LPGA. January 8, 2013. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "The Course - Marathon Classic". marathonclassic.com. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Jamie Farr Toledo Classic: Past Winners". LPGA. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "Creamer shoots 11-under 60". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. July 11, 2008. p. D5.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°43′05″N 83°43′23″W / 41.718°N 83.723°W / 41.718; -83.723