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Marathon Classic taking shape despite rainy weather

Crews continue to assemble bleachers and other structures at Highland Meadows. (Jim Nelson/WNWO).

For Marathon Classic officials, preparation has become routine.

"Yeah, it's busy right now, that's for sure," said Tournament Director Judd Silverman.

Despite recent rain and storms in the forecast, Silverman says volunteers are well-prepared. In fact, he says things are running smoothly.

"A lot of construction going on right now, but we should be done by Sunday afternoon and ready for Monday."

Course superintendent Greg Pattinson says his crew worked a short shift on Monday because of rain, but told NBC 24 that the course is in great shape.

He says nothing really changes for them throughout the season.

Silverman says most of the work being done right now is erecting structures.

Roughly eight of the 18 holes will have bleachers for patrons. Crews are also setting up tens and work spaces for media.

"It's a lot to put into that one week, that's for sure, but it's all for a great cause," said Silverman.

He's referring to the 23 children's charities that benefit from the money raised during the week.

"That's what's driving everything," he said. "Knowing all the money stays in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan."

Schedule of Events:

Monday, 7/17 - PNC Pro-Am at 7:30 a.m., ProMedica/Hylant Pro-Am at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 7/18 - Pro Practice Round, KeyBank Putting Pro-Am at 11:00 a.m., Huntington Gala at SeaGate Centre at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 7/19 - Buckeye Boradband Celebrity Pro-Am

Thursday-Sunday - LPGA Marathon Classic

Saturday, 7/22 - LPGA Junior Golf Clinic

Sunday, 7/23 - Closing Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the 18th green

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