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2014 Marathon Classic Fan Guide

07/13/2014, 12:00am EDT
By BLADE STAFF
2014 Marathon Classic Fan Guide

■ Doing charity work: Many organizations benefit from Sylvania tournament

The Marathon Classic — like the Jamie Farr Classic before it — is in the business of raising money for children’s charities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Tournament officials have handed out checks totaling $8.1 million dollars to more than 100 charities since the event’s inception in 1984.

■ Fan Guide Essentials: Schedule, tickets, parking, and more

Share your Marathon Classic experience

Tweet and Instagram your experience at the 2014 Marathon Classic using #MarathonClassic.

■ MARATHON CLASSIC NOTEBOOK: Petty, parties, pro-ams all part of week at Highland Meadows

NASCAR legend Richard Petty, who has long had a sponsorship tie-in with Marathon Petroleum, will be a special guest during Thursday’s first round of the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania. Petty‘‍s visit is just one of several events going on during the week of the tournament.

■ Marathon looks to keep success going after first year as sponsor

When the Jamie Farr Classic transitioned to the Marathon Classic last year, it was a break from a proud association between one of Toledo’s favorite sons and the LPGA tournament stop that bore his name for 27 years at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

One year later, the new title sponsor has settled in and is preparing to add some new wrinkles to the annual midsummer event in Sylvania.

■ CHAMPION FILE: Recari’s toughest challenge was away from the course

Her storybook nearly closed before it began. Before Beatriz Recari became one of the top golfers in the world, she bore down on what she called a “miserable ending.” It was 2007, and Recari was slowly breaking down, her struggle with anorexia deepening by the day.

Today Recari, 27, has not only found a healthy balance but is using her success on the LPGA Tour as a platform to help others achieve the same

■ History of Toledo's LPGA tournament 1984-2013

A look back at winners and runners up since the tournament’‍s very beginning.

■ Marathon Classic's commitment to children inspires volunteer Gibbs

Carol Gibbs was first introduced to what is now called the Marathon Classic in 1988. She liked what she saw and has been a volunteer serving in multiple capacities since 1990.

The reasons she has kept coming back year after year are pretty simple: The volunteer staff has become like another family to her, and she has seen first hand the major benefit this LPGA event provides to local charities each year.

“You have to give back,” said Gibbs, who this year is serving as Volunteer Tournament Chairman. “A lot of us have a lot of blessings that we don’t take into consideration. Others don’t have those blessings. We’re helping out.”

■ 2014 LPGA Tour Schedule

■ Hack’‍s power rankings, stats, and money leaders

Blade sports columnist Dave Hackenberg shares his take on LPGA power rankings. Also, this season‘‍s LPGA player statistics and money leaders.

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