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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -
first year of the new Marathon Classic turned out to be a big success.
heat didn't stop the crowds from heading out to watch the best female golfers
in the world. Sylvania business owners say thanks to the tournament, sales were
up over the weekend.
five years, Chandler's Café on Main Street in Sylvania has seen thousands of
spectators come into town for the LPGA tournament.
increase our staff and it's good! We're always really busy, so it's always a
really positive thing for us," said Laurie Stansley, co-owner of Chandler's Café.
was the first year for Paddy Jack's, also on Main Street. Kitchen Manager
Joshua Meyers says sales aren't in yet, but they possibly doubled their normal
usually have good business throughout the week, but with the golf and
everything, all the golfers came out. They were great," Meyers said. "They
loved the food, so hopefully that spreads our name around the city."
this year's tournament had a new sponsor. Marathon Petroleum has signed on for
a multi-year contract. Tournament Executive Director Judd Silverman says the
company provides a great financial foundation for the event.
couldn't be more excited for our future and what we're going to be able to do
for charity," Silverman said. "And to continue to grow the tournament, both in
terms of the purse, so that we always attract the best field, the best players
in the world, and what we do for children's charities in northwest Ohio."
was the first year of a 3-year contract between the LPGA and Highland Meadows
Golf Club, so area businesses will enjoy the large crowds for at least two more