UT's Ruenreong will play in Marathon Classic

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From UT athletics:

TOLEDO, OH - Former Rocket Sathika Ruenreong has received a sponsor's exemption and will play in this week's LPGA Marathon Classic. The tournament will be held on Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, OH.

A four-time first-team All-MAC selection, Ruenreong is also slated to compete in the 2016 United States Women's Amateur on August 1-7 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, PA.

A celebration for Ruenreong's LPGA debut will be held on Wednesday, July 13 in the west concourse of Savage Arena at 5:30 p.m. Cake and refreshments as well as free t-shirts will be provided at the event. The t-shirts given out can be worn during the tournament to support Ruenreong. In addition, every time Ruenreong registers a birdie Rockets fans are urged to yell "Holey Toledo!"

"I am extremely excited and I hope everyone shows up to support Sathika!" Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. "This will be a week she will never forget, and I want to have the largest gallery at the Marathon Classic. Let's show the world how we support the best women's golfer in University of Toledo history! I am going to do everything I can to make that happen. I need all the Rocket fans to show up and be part of Tiki's TEAM!"

A Kanchanaburi, Thailand native who is ranked 97th in the World Amateur Golf rankings, Ruenreong set school season records for stroke average (73.83), most rounds (36), most rounds under 80 (36) and tying the record for most tourney titles (2). Ruenreong left the Rocket program as the career record holder for lowest stroke average (74.94), most rounds under 80 (122) and the co-leader for most tournament crowns (4). She also became the first Rocket ever to appear in the NCAA Regionals as she tied for 36th place out of 96 golfers at the Shoal Creek Regional.

Ruenreong is the third UT golfer to play in an LPGA event.

A celebration for former Rocket Sathika Ruenreong's LPGA debut at the Marathon Classic this week will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 5:30 p.m. in Savage Arena. A brief program will be a part of the event that is taking place in the West concourse of the building.

Cake and refreshments will be provided for attendees, in addition to 250 t-shirts for fans to wear while watching Ruenreong during the tournament. The t-shirts given out can be worn during the tournament to support Ruenreong. In addition, every time Ruenreong registers a birdie Rockets fans are urged to yell "Holey Toledo!"

Attendees for the celebration should be aware that the David Leigh Root Bridge, located on Stadium Drive behind the Snyder Memorial Building, is closed for construction. Please use the Douglas Road entrance to Savage Arena to park in Lot 3, 4 or 5.

The Marathon Classic will be held on Thursday-Sunday, July 14-17 at Highland Meadows. Tee times for the first and second rounds have yet to be announced.