The 2015 tournament is the tenth year for the Ohio Women’s Open. LPGA Class A member Martha Mallott founded the tournament and has been the Executive Director and is now 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 1; the ProAm on August 2; and the 36-hole competition on August 3 and 4.
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 Northwest Ohio Junior Golf Association
The Ohio Women’s Open, Inc. is a 501C-3 entity.