There’s great news for local golf enthusiasts, especially fans of the LPGA Tour: The Marathon LPGA Classic Presented by Dana will return to Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania from Monday, August 3 to Sunday, August 9, and spectators have been given the greenlight to attend.
Now in its 36th year, the Marathon LPGA Classic—the largest sporting event in our region—will feature the brightest luminaries of the LPGA Tour, with net proceeds from the tournament going to support 25 area children’s charities.
Among the players who have committed to this year’s tournament are Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson, Jessica Korda, Danielle Kang, Stacy Lewis, Gerina Piller, and Morgan Pressel. “We’re extremely proud to host these marquee professionals who put their remarkable talent on display for the thrill of spectators and the benefit of area kids in need,” states tournament director Judd Silverman.
2020 benefitting charities
Since the Marathon LPGA Classic began in 1984, the tournament has contributed over $11.5 million to 185 children’s charities in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. In addition to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio and the Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund administered by the Toledo Community Foudation, both of which are core recipients, this year’s benefitting charities will include Adopt America Network, Aurora Project Inc., Big Brother Big Sister of West Central Ohio, CASA/GAL of Hancock County, Catholic Club, Children’s Museum of Findlay, College Mentors for Kids, Connecting Kids to Meals, Courageous Community Services, Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, Geary Family YMCA, Girls on the Run Northwest Ohio, Special Olympics Hancock County Ohio, Hancock Literacy, Heartbeat of Toledo Pregnancy Support Center, Junior Achievement of Northwest Ohio, Muscular Dystrophy Association, ProMedica Foundation (First Tee/Boys & Girls Club), Sara’s Garden, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Sylvania Community Action Team, YMCA of Bucyrus-Tiffin, and YMCA of Greater Toledo.
Taking COVID into account
Spectators can rest assured that appropriate steps are being taken to minimize their risk of COVID-19 exposure as they enjoy this year’s Marathon LPGA Classic. Silverman explains, “Spectators will be encouraged to bring their own mask, but one will be provided to those who don’t. Also, thermal scanning will be in place; bleachers and grandstands will be eliminated, so we encourage spectators to bring their own chairs; an increased amount of hand sanitizers and handwashing stations will be available throughout the course; and, in addition to the usual ‘quiet’ signs, you may see signs that say ‘Separate, please’ to remind fans to maintain safe social distancing.”
Tournament events at a glance
Each year, the Marathon Classic is packed with exciting events and offers something for everyone. The complete schedule for tournament week is as follows:
Monday, August 3 (closed to the public)
- PNC Pro-Am, 7:00 a.m. tee times, Highland Meadows
- ProMedica/Hylant Pro-Am, 12:00 p.m. tee times, Highland Meadows
Tuesday, August 4 (closed to the public)
- Practice rounds (all day), Highland Meadows
- Dana Pro-Am, 7:30 a.m., Inverness Club
- The Image Group Pro-Am, 8:00 a.m., Sylvania Country Club
Wednesday, August 5 (closed to the public)
- Buckeye Broadband Pro-Am
Thursday, August 6
- First Round
- Kroger Senior Day
Friday, August 7
- Second Round
Saturday, August 8
- Third Round
- The Blade Day
Sunday, August 9
- Final Round
- Frontline Worker and Military Appreciation Day (wear your best red, white, and blue)
- Closing Ceremony, 18th Green
Tickets and parking
Tickets for the 2020 Marathon LPGA Classic are now available online at marathonclassic.com and at area Kroger stores. Silverman reminds fans that if they purchase their tickets in advance through the website or Kroger, 100 percent of the profits will be donated to an eligible charity of their choice.
Ticket prices are as follows: Any Day Grounds $20, Any Day Clubhouse Courtyard $35, Weekly Grounds $60, Weekly Clubhouse Courtyard $120, and Labatt Party Deck $65.
Public parking will be located in Lot B on the corner of Centennial and Brint, and accessible parking will be available in Lot D, located at Highland Elementary School.
Parking prices are $20 for a weekly parking pass (sold online) and $10 for a daily parking pass at the event.
For more information on the 2020 Marathon LPGA Classic, please visit marathonclassic.com or call 419-531-3277. You can also follow the tournament on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.