Toledo Open celebrates 86 years of golf greats

Grab your golf shoes for the 2012 Habitec Toledo Open on Sept. 17-18.

An 86-year-old Northwest Ohio tradition continues Sept. 17-18 with the 2012 Habitec Toledo Open. The tournament takes place at the Sylvania Country Club and promises to give top professional and amateur golfers from across the country the opportunity to test their skills against some of the best in the game.

Sylvania Country Club course tour

The tournament was founded in 1929 and boasts a top notch list of past winners, including: Byron Nelson (World Golf Hall of Famer), Lee Williamson (PGA Tour), John Mills (Nationwide Tour), Ryan Armour (Nationwide Tour) and Frank Stranahan (renowned amateur).

Just 13 years ago, the Toledo Open's future was on the line. After receiving a low number of registrations, tournament officials planned to cancel the event and re-evaluate future plans. But just in the knick of time, Habitec Security president Jim Smythe reached out to the Northern Ohio PGA to get the Toledo Open and got the tournament back on track as a sponsor.

The 2000 Habitec Toledo Open ended up capping at 130 players and drew a number of PGA professionals, restoring the tournament to its former glory. Smythe passed away in 2006, but his son, John, keeps the tradition alive as the current president of Habitec Security.

"My father was passionate about golf and Toledo, and to have the opportunity to give back to the city through the game he loved made him truly happy," he said. "We are honored to be a continued part of the Habitec Toledo Open's rich history and continued story."

Interested golfers can still register online on the Northern Ohio PGA's website.