Tournament History: How It All Began

The Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I has made the hopes and dreams come true for many Northwest Ohio children. The tournament was first held in 1984 at Glengarry Country Club (presently Stone Oak Country Club) until 1988 when it moved to Highland Meadows Golf Club. In 1984 the purse was only $175,000 and 100 golfers played in the tournament. Since that first tournament, the growth of the event has been due to the support of many local businesses and strong community support.

The tournament began as a dream of Toledo native, Judd Silverman. He was living the life of a PGA caddy in 1982 when his aspirations to bring a ladies' professional golf tournament to Toledo became a reality. Silverman contacted John Laupheimer, the 1984 LPGA commissioner and received approval to host an LPGA tournament in Toledo. He returned home and secured the tournament's first 12 founding sponsors, who covered the purse that first year. Jamie Farr agreed to lend his name to the event and brought his celebrity friends to the tournament. The Toledo McDonald's franchises underwrote the operating expenses with the agreement that a portion of the money raised would benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

The tournament has become a highlighted stop on the LPGA tour. It was voted 5th favorite of all the stops. The purse has grown substantially from that first year to $1,500,000.  The tournament has become a huge event in Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan attracting over 50,000 spectators. The community support has grown significantly over the years and is the largest sporting event in the area.  The tournament attracts all ages to watch the greatest women golfers in the world compete.   

Since 1984, the tournament has donated millions of dollars to local children's charities. Through the teamwork of over 1,500 volunteers and 400 local businesses, The Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I is making a difference for children in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

 

PAST CHAMPIONS

2014

 Lydia Ko

67 - 67 - 70 - 65 = 269 (-15)

2013

 Beatriz Recari

69 - 65 - 67 - 66 = 267 (-17)

2012

 So Yeon Ryu

67 - 68 - 67 - 62 = 264 (-20)

2010

 Na Yeon Choi

64 - 67 - 68 - 71 = 270 (-14)

2009

 Eunjung Yi

68 - 66 - 61 - 71 = 266 (-18)

2008

 Paula Creamer

60 - 65 - 70 - 73 = 268 (-16)

2007

 Se Ri Pak

63 - 68 - 69 - 67 = 267 (-17)

2006

 Mi Hyun Kim

68 - 66 - 67 - 65 = 266 (-18)

2005

 Heather Bowie Young

72 - 66 - 69 - 67 = 274 (-10)

2004

 Meg Mallon

66 - 69 - 74 - 68 = 277 (-7)

2003

 Se Ri Pak

69 - 67 - 64 - 71 = 271 (-13)

2002

 Rachel Hetherington

67 - 73 - 64 - 66 = 270 (-14)

2001

 Se Ri Pak

70 - 62 - 69 - 68 = 269 (-15)

2000

 Annika Sorenstam

70 - 67 - 66 - 71 = 274 (-10)

1999

 Se Ri Pak

68 - 69 - 68 - 71 = 276 (-8)

1998

 Se Ri Pak

71 - 61 - 63 - 66 = 261 (-23)

1997

 Kelly Robbins

67 - 64 - 67 - 67 = 265 (-19)

1996

 Joan Pitcock

68 - 66 - 70 = 204 (-9)

1995

 Kathryn Imrie

67 - 71 - 67 = 205 (-8)

1994

 Kelly Robbins

69 - 70 - 65 = 204 (-9)

1993

 Brandie Burton

68 - 66 - 67 = 201 (-12)

1992

 Patty Sheehan

70 - 73 - 66 = 209 (-4)

1991

 Alice Miller

= 205

1990

 Tina Tombs

= 205

1989

 Penny Hammel

= 206

1988

 Laura Davies

= 277

1987

 Jane Geddes

= 280

1985

 Penny Hammel

= 278

1984

 Lauri Merten

= 278

 

 

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