Marathon Classic Winners and History – LPGA

Marathon Classic Winners

Marathon Classic Winners and History

The LPGA’s Marathon Classic was founded—curiously—after PGA Tour Caddie Judd Silverman decided to bring an LPGA tournament to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. Silverman was able to recruit both sponsors and the help of another Toledo native, MASH star Jamie Farr. Farr lent his name to the event, worked as host and brought celebrity friends along for the ride.

Jamie Farr stepped down from the tournament after 2012, but it continues as the Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I (Owens-Illinois).

Owens-Corning is headquartered in Toledo.

Grocery store chain Kroger has been involved in the event since 1997:

1984–1996: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic
1997–2000: Jamie Farr Kroger Classic
2001–2003: Jamie Farr Kroger Classic Presented by ALLTEL
2004–2010: Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Presented by Kroger
2012: Jamie Farr Toledo Classic Presented by Kroger, Owens Corning and O-I
2013: Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning and O-I

The Marathon Classic has been held at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania (just outside Toledo) since 1989. From 1984 to 1988 it was at the Glengarry Country Club in nearby Holland.

The largest playoff in LPGA history took place at the 1999 Jamie Farr, a six-player affair involving Karrie Webb, Carin Koch, Sherri Steinhauer, Se Ri Pak, Kelli Kuehne, and Mardi Lunn. Pak won it on first hole of sudden death by making a ten-foot birdie putt.

In 2007, Se Ri Pak won the Farr for the fifth time, becoming only the fourth LPGA golfer to win the same tournament on five different occasions.

After 2009, the tournament nearly ceased operations as the LPGA struggled under the leadership of commissioner Carolyn Bivens. When Bivens resigned, however, it was revived for another year, but with the purse reduced from $1.4 million to $1 million.

The tournament was not held in 2011 because the US Senior Open was held at Inverness Club in Toledo and organizers felt as though the area could not sustain two golf tournaments in a single summer.

I have attended several editions of the Marathon Classic and can tell you that they are a lot of fun and very family friendly. If you live in the area, it is worth a visit.

A complete list of Marathon Classic winners follows:

YearChampionCountryWinning scoreTo parMarginPurse ($)
2016Lydia Ko (2) New Zealand68-66-67-69=270−14Playoff1500000
2015Chella Choi South Korea73-66-65-66=270−14Playoff1500000
2014Lydia Ko New Zealand67-67-70-65=269−151 stroke1400000
2013Beatriz Recari Spain69-65-67-66=267−171 stroke1300000
2012So Yeon Ryu South Korea67-68-67-62=264−207 strokes1300000
2011No Tournament
2010Na Yeon Choi South Korea64-67-68-71=270−14Playoff1000000
2009Eunjung Yi South Korea68-66-61-71=266−18Playoff1400000
2008Paula Creamer United States60-65-70-73=268−162 strokes1300000
2007Se Ri Pak (5) South Korea63-68-69-67=267−173 strokes1300000
2006Mi Hyun Kim South Korea68-66-67-65=266−18Playoff1200000
2005Heather Bowie United States72-66-69-67=274−10Playoff1200000
2004Meg Mallon United States66-69-74-68=277−71 stroke1100000
2003Se Ri Pak (4) South Korea69-67-64-71=271−132 strokes1000000
2002Rachel Teske Australia67-73-64-66=270−142 strokes1000000
2001Se Ri Pak (3) South Korea70-62-69-68=269−152 strokes1000000
2000Annika Sörenstam Sweden70-67-66-71=274−10Playoff1000000
1999Se Ri Pak (2) South Korea68-69-68-71=276−8Playoff900000
1998Se Ri Pak South Korea71-61-63-66=261−239 strokes800000
1997Kelly Robbins (2) United States67-64-67-67=265−198 strokes700000
1996Joan Pitcock United States68-66-70=204−91 stroke575000
1995Kathryn Marshall Scotland67-71-67=205−81 stroke500000
1994Kelly Robbins United States69-70-65=204−9Playoff500000
1993Brandie Burton United States68-66-67=201−121 stroke500000
1992Patty Sheehan United States70-73-66=209−41 stroke400000
1991Alice Miller United States69-66-70=205−8Playoff350000
1990Tina Purtzer Canada67-72-66=205−84 strokes325000
1989Penny Hammel (2) United States69-66-71=206−72 strokes275000
1988Laura Davies England69-70-69-69=277−113 strokes275000
1987Jane Geddes United States71-73-69-67=280−82 strokes225000
1986No Tournament
1985Penny Hammel United States72-69-72-65=278−101 stroke175000
1984Lauri Peterson United States68-72-65-73=278−102 strokes175000

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