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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Marathon Classic kicks off Thursday, and people are already rolling into
Sylvania to see the best lady golfers in the world.
say this year could be even bigger than previous years with the new sponsor
title. They expect 60-70 thousand people to turn up for the tournament.
of those visitors, the LPGA tournament has a huge impact on Sylvania's economy.
all sorts of visitors that come in, and then we have golf fans of the LPGA that
come in to northwest Ohio just to watch the event, and then, finally,
volunteers," said Executive Director Judd Silverman. "We get volunteers from
outside northwest Ohio that come for the whole week to volunteer their time."
restaurants, and rental car companies stay busy. Silverman says the boost in
business brings millions of dollars to the city.
convention and visitors' bureau talked about anywhere from 4-5 million dollars
in economic impact in the past," Silverman said.
with the new sponsor, Marathon, comes new features, including the Golf Channel
airing the event live all four days. Sylvania will be advertised across the
United States and to more than 160 countries.