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Published: Tuesday, 9/1/2009

Jamie Farr Classic LPGA tournament stays in Toledo area

BY DAVE HACKENBERG
BLADE SPORTS COLUMNIST

Toledo Classic, Inc., which operates the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic, has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon at which time an extension of its agreement with the LPGA Tour is expected to be announced.

A source familiar with the negotiations indicated it will be a one-year contract that will assure the tournament will be staged in 2010. No details on playing dates or purse were made available.

Tournament director Judd Silverman said he would not comment prior to the news conference, which will be held at the tournament s office on Dorr Street.

The source, requesting anonymity, said it is expected that Owens Corning will remain the title sponsor and that the event will again be held at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.

The Farr Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary last July in the final year of a three-year contract with the LPGA. It was one of several U.S. tour stops that had no continuing agreement after 2009. One of them, the Wegman s Classic in Rochester, recently announced a three-year extension with the LPGA.

The Farr Classic, which began in 1984 at the old Glengarry Country Club, has raised about $6.2 million dollars for local children s charities. That figure does not include net revenue for the 2009 tournament, which has yet to be finalized, according to Silverman.

More details in Wednesday s edition of The Blade.



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