The 2016 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. Eagle Rock Golf Club will again be hosting this years tournament. 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 ProMedica Hospital.
Events in this year’s tournament include the Sal Hench Community Golf Day on July 30; the ProAm 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
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.