On behalf of the City of Sylvania, I welcome the participants, families and fans of the Ladies Professional Golf Association back to Highland Meadows Golf Club here in Sylvania.
We look forward to the excitement and national attention the Marathon Classic brings to our community every year.
This year's tournament is being held July 14 through 20 with pro-am events scheduled earlier in the week. The LPGA 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.
The tournament has become a highlighted stop on the LPGA tour. It was voted 5th favorite of all the stops. The purse has grown substantially to $1,400,000. The tournament has become a huge event in Northwest Ohio/Southeast Michigan, attracting over 70,000 spectators. The community support has grown significantly over the years and is the largest sporting event in the area. The tournament attracts all ages to watch the greatest women golfers in the world compete.
Highland Meadows Golf Club and the many volunteers and sponsors that make the LPGA tournament a success every year deserve our thanks. The members of Highland Meadows have hosted the LPGA since 1990 and the course and facilities are always in great shape. Local residents and golf fans donate thousands of hours for hole marshaling 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 LPGA Tournament 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 Marathon 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.