About the LPGA Marathon Classic:
The Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & 0-I is the tournament played in the Toledo, Ohio, area that, until 2013, was always associated with the actor Jamie Farr. From its founding in 1984, the tournament was called some version fo "Jamie Farr Toledo Classic" or "Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic" until, in 2013, Marathon Oil entered as the title sponsor. At that point, Farr's association with the event ended (although the tournament will benefit a Jamie Farr Scholarship Fund for local youths).
The Marathon Classic is a 72-hole tournament on the LPGA Tour schedule, played during the summer months. The Owens Corning company is one of the presenting sponsors and has a long association with the event.
2014 Marathon Classic
17-year-old Lydia Ko won her second event of the 2014 LPGA season. Ko shot 65 in the final round, finishing at 15-under 269. That was one stroke better than runner-up So Yeon Ryu. It was the fourth win by Ko in an LPGA event, her second since turning pro.
Beatriz Recari carded a final-round 66 to win by one stroke over Paula Creamer. Recari had three birdies on the front nine and two more on the back, against zero bogies, and finished at 17-under 267. It was Recari's third career win on the LPGA Tour.
Marathon Classic Records:
Note that during the tournament's time as a 54-hole event, the best 54-hole winning total was Brandie Burton's 201 in 1993.
Marathon Classic Golf Courses:
The event is played at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, on the northwestern edge of Toledo. Highland Meadows has been the tourney site since 1989. Prior to 1989, the first four tournaments were played at Glengarry Country Club in Toledo, a track now known as Stone Oak Country Club.
Marathon Classic Trivia and Notes:
- Se Ri Pak is the queen of the Marathon Classic, winning the tournament five times.
- Pak's first victory here was in 1998, her rookie year on the LPGA Tour. It was the third win of her LPGA career, following major championship victories at the LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open. Pak's winning score in 1998 of 261 was, at that time, a tour record for lowest 72-hole stroke total (that record has since been surpassed).
- Pak's five victories at this tournament ties the LPGA record for most wins in the same tournament. Mickey Wright (Sea Island Open) and Annika Sorenstam (Samsung World Championship and Mizuno Classic) also won the same tournament five times (twice in Annika's case).
- The tournament has skipped two years in its history since debuting in 1984. No tournament was played in 1986 or 2011. In 2011, the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic was skipped so that the tournament staff could focus on the U.S. Senior Open that was played in Toledo on dates close to this event's dates.
- The Farr began as a 72-hole tournament, switched to 54 holes from 1989-1996, went back to 72 holes in 1997 and has remained 72 holes since.
- Aside from Pak's five wins, only Penny Hammel and Kelly Robbins have multiple wins here. Hammel and Robbins each won the tournament twice.
- Paula Creamer won the 2008 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic after opening with a first-round 60. Only Sorenstam's 59 at the 2001 Standard Register Ping is a lower round in LPGA history. On one of her nines during that round of 60, Creamer carded a 27, which ties the LPGA record for lowest nine holes.
- The last of Meg Mallon's 18 LPGA victories happened at the 2004 Farr.
- So Yeon Ryu's 2012 victory was highlighted by the 62 she shot in the final round. That score tied the LPGA record for lowest final round by a winner, shared by Juli Inkster, Annika Sorenstam, Mickey Wright and Kathy Whitworth.
- The tournament name changed to Marathon Classic beginning in 2013. Actor Jamie Farr, a Toledo native, was a tournament booster throughout its history up to that point, and had his name in the title in previous years. Farr played the role of Klinger on the hit television series M*A*S*H in the 1970s and 1980s, and served as tournament host until retiring from those duties prior to the 2013 event.
LPGA Marathon Classic Winners:
2014 - Lydia Ko, 269
2013 - Beatriz Recari, 267
Jamie Farr Toledo Classic
2012 - So Yeon Ryu, 264
2011 - No Tournament
2010 - Na Yeon Choi, 270
2009 - Eunjun Yi, 266
2008 - Paula Creamer, 268
2007 - Se Ri Pak, 267
2006 - Mi Hyun Kim, 266
2005 - Heather Bowie Young, 274
2004 - Meg Mallon, 277
2003 - Se Ri Pak, 271
2002 - Rachel Hetherington, 270
2001 - Se Ri Pak, 269
2000 - Annika Sorenstam, 274
1999 - Se Ri Pak, 276
1998 - Se Ri Pak, 261
1997 - Kelly Robbins, 265
1996 - Joan Pitcock, 204
1995 - Kathryn Imrie, 205
1994 - Kelly Robbins, 204
1993 - Brandie Burton, 201
1992 - Patty Sheehan, 209
1991 - Alice Miller, 205
1990 - Tina Purtzer, 205
1989 - Penny Hammel, 206
1988 - Laura Davies, 277
1987 - Jane Geddes, 280
1986 - No Tournament
1985 - Penny Hammel, 278
1984 - Lauri Peterson, 278