Fresh off her victory in last week’s LPGA event, 17 year old Lydia Ko is the latest star to commit to this year’s Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I.
Ko won her third LPGA Title this past weekend at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic near San Francisco when she birdied the 18th hole to beat Toledo native and LPGA star Stacy Lewis by one stroke.
“Receiving Lydia Ko’s commitment is the icing on the cake for us,” stated Tournament Director Judd Silverman. “We now have nine of the top ten players on this year’s money list committed to play in this year’s tournament. Truly an incredible field.”
Commitments previously announced include Lewis, currently second on this year’s LPGA money list after finishing in the top ten seven times already this season, 19 year old major champion Lexi Thompson, 2014 LPGA winners Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Anna Nordqvist and Rolex World Ranking #1 Inbee Park.
With her win at the Swinging Skirts, Ko put an exclamation point on her strong start to her professional career. This was her 4th top ten finish of 2014, and the win vaulted her to #2 in the Rolex World Rankings.
On her 17th birthday on April 24 Ko was named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, an honor only 4 members of the LPGA have ever received. Ko was the only golfer, male or female, named to the magazine’s list this year.
Tickets for the 2014 Marathon Classic can be purchased at area Kroger stores or online here. This year’s Marathon Classic will benefit 22 northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan children’s charities.