13abc celebrates the Marathon Classic with special show

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TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Are you ready for some professional golf? 144 of the best women's golfers will play in the Marathon Classic outside Toledo this week. The athletes will compete for $1.6 million in prize money.

13abc is going to help you know who to keep an eye on at this week's Marathon Classic LPGA tournament. The Northwest Ohio Chevy Dealer's Marathon Classic Tee Off Show airs live from Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania at 7:00pm Wednesday. The award-winning 13abc Sports Team will set the scene and bring you inside interviews with the favorites including Lexi Thompson plus take you on a tour of changes made for this year's tournament.

Tournament Director Judd Silverman tells 13abc.com that the Highland Meadows Golf Club is "in great shape" and ready to welcome the world's best women golfers. Pro-Am play begins Monday. LPGA tournament action tees off Thursday morning.

Toledo's famous golf tournament had it's beginnings in 1984 when the Detroit Tigers ruled as World Series Champions and The Cosby Show was among television's most popular programs.

Much has changed through the years but the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I remains as popular as ever. It draws large crowds and is televised around the world.

"When you consider the number of star players that we have this year you know the fans are going to have a great experience,” stated Tournament Director Silverman. “I know that everyone will really enjoy watching Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Brooke Henderson, Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome and amateur sensation Leona Maguire.”

The tournament was named for Toledo actor Jamie Farr but later renamed for sponsor Marathon Petroleum. The 2017 tournament will again take place at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.

The Buckeye Broadband Celebrity Pro-Am takes place on Wednesday, July 19. 13abc presents the Northwest Ohio Chevy Dealers Marathon Classic Tee Off Show airs on July 19 on 13abc live at 7:00pm.

The first round for defending champion Lydia Ko and the competitors begins Thursday, July 20 and continues through the final round scheduled for Sunday, July 23. This year's Marathon Classic includes a Kids Zone Thursday through Sunday featuring games and mascots.

13abc will be providing coverage from Highland Meadows throughout the week and updates on 13abc.com.

This year's tournament will benefit 23 local children's charities. The tournament is expected to exceed the $10 million mark in charitable donations for Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan children's charities.