On behalf of the City of Sylvania, I welcome participants, families and fans to the 27th Jamie Farr LPGA Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.
After taking last year off during the U.S. Senior Open at Inverness, we again look forward to the excitement and national attention you bring to our community.
This year's tournament is being held Aug. 9 through 12, with pro-am events scheduled earlier in the week. The Jamie Farr LPGA Classic brings thousands of fans and media representatives into Sylvania.
Our local restaurants, shops, and hotel benefit from the many visitors to our community. Even though the crowds at times can lead to congestion on our roads, the tournament also greatly benefits local charities serving Sylvania and Lucas County.
An exciting downtown Sylvania celebration welcomes tournament visitors to our community on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. Main Street will be closed to vehicles from Monroe Street north to the Historic Village. There will be entertainment, music, children's activities, a car show and food vendors. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
My thanks to the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce for organizing this exciting downtown Sylvania event.
Highland Meadows Golf Club and the many volunteers and sponsors that make this tournament a success every year also deserve our thanks. The members of Highland Meadows have hosted this tournament since 1990 and the course and facilities are always in great shape, and the new fence along Erie Street looks terrific.
Local residents and golf fans donate thousands of hours for hole marshalling and the many jobs that must be done well for a successful tournament.
Sylvania prides itself on being a great place to live, work and raise a family, and the Jamie Farr LPGA Classic helps enliven and enrich the lives of our residents every year. The tournament brings the excitement of national attention to our community. Our residents are treated to competitive golf at the highest level. And our young people see first hand from world-class athletes that hard work and practice can lead to success.
Once again, we welcome the Jamie Farr LPGA Classic to Sylvania.
Good luck to all the competitors. And thanks to Judd Silverman, his staff, and all the volunteers who each year bring a great LPGA golf tournament for us to enjoy here in Sylvania.