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      Jamie Farr passes LPGA tournament to Marathon Petroleum

      Paula Creamer won the 24th Jamie Farr Toledo Classic in 2008. She is pictured here with Jamie Farr (right).

      A Toledo tradition now has a new name as Jamie Farr passes along hosting duties of the annual LPGA tournament held at Highland Meadows.

      Toledo Classic, Inc. announced Tuesday that Marathon Petroleum Corporation has been named the new titled sponsor of the annual golf event. The new name of the tournament, which will return in July 2013, will be the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I (Owens Illinois).

      "Jamie Farr has been the host of the tournament for the past 28 years," said Toledo Classic, Inc. Board Chair Richard Hylant. Farr began hosting the tournament in 1984, the first year of the LPGA event, and agreed to put his name on the title.

      "We are elated to have Marathon Petroleum as the title sponsor, which will keep the tournament going strong for years to come," said Hylant. Toledo-born LPGA golfer a2012 LPGA Rolex Player of the Year, Stacy Lewis, added, "I could not be more proud...I look forward to playing in the Marathon Classic for many years to come."

      Over the years, the tournament has remained a favorite LPGA stop, mainly due to Farr's enthusiasm for the golfers and the Toledo-area community. Farr cited "pending show business concerns" that could prevent him from hosting the event when announcing his decision to pass duties to Marathon. He said Marathon's commitment to the community, charities, golfers, volunteers, and spectators parallels his commitment over the years.

      "The tournament has become a wonderful tradition in Northwest Ohio and I know it will continue to do great things for the community and local children's charities," said Farr. Charities that benefit from the event include Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW Ohio, Aurora House, Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo, Kids Unlimited, Mom's House, The Victory Center, Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center, and the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo.

      All four rounds of the 2013 tournament , to be held July 15 - 21, will be televised on The Golf Channel. Taking place at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, the event has a purse of $1.3 million. Over the course of 28 years, the tournament has donated $7.75 million to over 100 area children's charities.