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for 21 area charities last

month. The recipients of the

charitable proceeds from

the Marathon Classic were

invited to a luncheon at the

Inverness Club to receive

their individual checks on

December 16.

The Marathon Classic, first

known as the Jamie Farr

Toledo Classic, was initially

held in 1984 to generate

funds for local children’s

charities. Over the years, the

tournament has continued to

grow and the annual amount

generated for donation has

continued to increase. The

$543,000 distributed from

the 2016 tournament brings

the total funds distributed

to benefit local children’s

charities, over its 30-year

history, to $9.8 million.

The Marathon Classic is now

one of the longest running

tournaments on the LPGA

Tour schedule. Tour players

enjoy their week in Toledo

and the event has had some of

the biggest names in women’s

golf hoist the trophy. World

No. 1, Lydia Ko won the

Marathon Classic two of the

last three years. In an exciting

climax to this past summer’s

event, Ko was forced to win

in a three-woman playoff

over world No. 2, Ariya

Jutanugarn and Mirim Lee.

Jutanugarn went on to win

the Race to the CME Globe

and the $1 million bonus,

plus was named LPGA Tour

Player of the Year, at the end

of the season.

Marathon Petroleum, based

in Findlay, Ohio, is proud to

have been associated with

the LPGA Tour tournament

for the past four years. Tom

Kelly, Senior Vice President of

Marketing for Marathon said,

“Having completed four

years as the title sponsor, we

are very pleased to see the

collective efforts to benefit

so many children’s charities.

The partnership with Owens

Corning and O-I, along

with the support of our

business partners and many

northwest Ohio businesses

is why it is such a privilege

to be involved in this great


The 2017 Marathon Classic

will once again be held at

HighlandMeadows Golf Club

in Sylvania, July 17-23. If you

would like to be involved

with the tournament and help

raise funds for area children’s

charities visit the website: Marathon Classic Donates $543,000 to Local Charities

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