SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) - The pro-am for the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic takes place Wednesday.
The decades-old golf tournament took a year off from hosting due to economic hardships, but is back in full swing this year. According to Mike Wahn, LPGA commissioner, things have picked up just where they left off.
"It's exciting for us. This is the LPGA at its best: playing in hometowns and playing and staying with families. Everything about this is great," said Wahn. "A year off isn't gonna change the history of this thing. The most important thing is to keep coming back."
Paula Creamer, known as the Pink Panther, played with the Owens Corning Group Wednesday afternoon. Creamer won the 2008 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, one of nine tour titles.
Creamer turned 26 this week. Despite her young age, she has climbed to seventh on the all-time LPGA money list. She said she loves being here in her second hometown of Toledo.
On pro-am day, the mood here is light and friendly, but things will be different Thursday when the first round starts.
Michelle Wie also hit the course Wednesday. She first played in Toledo as a 13-year-old. Now, she is 22 and in her fourth year of playing as a regular on the LPGA tour. She has had a couple tour wins and while she's played at Highland Meadows a few times, she has never been a factor on Sunday. That is something she said she'd like to change.
Jamie Farr played in a group with defending champion Na Yeon Choi.
More than $2 million has been donated to children's charities going all the way back to 1984.
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