This year’s Ohio Women’s Open will have a special twist to it.
What that means is that participants in the two-day tournament on August 4 and 5 may be playing only in the Ohio Women’s Open, or some LPGA members will be playing in only the Midwest Section Championship. The third option would be that some MW Section members will be playing in both tournaments. There will be separate purses for the events. The OWO purse is $25,000 with a $6,000 first prize to a professional. The MW Section purse and first prize will be determined by the amount of players in the tournament and the amount of money raised.
We invite the MW Section Members of the LPGA to register online just like the OWO Open contestants do. Each golfer will be given a choice when registering of either just playing in the OWO, the Section Championship. or both. Obviously, to play in the MW Section Championship, the professional needs to be an LPGA member and be in the MW Section.
We also invite the MW Section Members to participate in the Community Clinic Day (a teaching opportunity on August 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the Pro-Am, which will be held on Sunday, August 3 at 10 a.m. MW Section members may also request housing and will be included in the Welcome Party on Saturday, August 2 at 6 p.m. at one of the OWO board member’s homes.
The 2014 tournament is the ninth year for the Ohio Women’s Open. LPGA Class A member Martha Mallott founded the tournament and has been the Executive Director and will now be the Tournament Director as the host professional at Eagle Rock Golf Club. The tournament which has a purse of $25,000 to be paid out amongst the professionals and amateurs, has blossomed into one of the top state open championships. Not only do professionals from around the United States participate, but also top amateurs looking to see how they fare against competitors who are professionals.
The professionals come mainly from the ranks of the Symetra Tour, the LPGA tour, the LPGA T &CP division, and the PGA. Most amateurs are top collegiate players who aspire to be professionals.
The title sponsor of the event is First Federal Bank. First Federal has been a part of the tournament as the title sponsor since its inception in 2005. Co-presenters of the tournament this year are the Defiance Clinic/Mercy Hospital and Pro-Medica Hospital.
Events in this year’s tournament include the Sal Hench Community Golf Day on August 2; the ProAm on August 3; and the 36-hole competition on August 4 and 5.
A nine-member board and a host of volunteers from the Defiance area run the event. Residents of Defiance continue to show great support of the tournament by playing in the tournament pro-am, being sponsors of the tournament, and housing competitors at their homes.
Organizations Benefiting from the tournament include:
The Defiance Area Foundation
a community wide not-for-profit organization that provides a vehicle to promote the philanthropic goals and heritage of the donors of the greater Defiance area.
The LPGA-USGA Girls’ Golf of Defiance
The Ohio Women’s Open, Inc. is a 501C-3 entity.