The 2016 tournament is the tenth year for the Ohio Women’s Open Championship. LPGA Class A member Martha Mallott founded the tournament and has been its Executive Director for those 10 years. Seul-Ki Park is the defending champion as she shot an outstanding 4-under par total of 138 for the title in 2014. Eagle Rock Golf Club will again be hosting this years tournament, which has a purse of $25,000 to be paid out amongst the professionals and amateurs. Our Open Championship 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.
This year the LPGA T&CP Midwest Section with be holding a 36-hole stroke play event in conjunction
with the Ohio Women’s Open. What that means is that participants in the two-day tournament on August 1 and 2 may be playing only in the Ohio Women’s Open, or some LPGA members will be playing in only the Midwest Section tournament. The third option would be that some MW Section members will be playing in both tournaments.
The professionals come mainly from the ranks of the Symetra Tour, the LPGA tour, the LPGA T &CP division, as well as the PGA ranks.
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 Mercy Clinic/Mercy Hospital and ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital.
Events in this year’s tournament include the Sal Hench Community Golf Day on July 30; the Pro-Am on July 31; and the 36-hole competition on August 1 and 2.
Early Bird Registration until July 1 for Professionals: $200
Registration after July 1 for Professionals: $250
Early Bird Registration until July 1 for Amateurs: $150
Registration after July 1 for Amateurs: $200
Early Bird Registration until July 1 for OWO and Midwest Section: $325
Registration after July 1 for Amateurs: $375
Early Bird Registration until July 1 for Midwest Section Only: $125
Registration after July 1 for Amateurs: $175
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.
Also: The First Tee of Defiance
The Northwest Ohio Junior Golf Association
The Ohio Women’s Open, Inc. is a 501C-3 entity.