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LPGA Adds Third New Event To Calendar With Addition Of North Texas Tourney
Published January 11, 2013
SAYING GOODBYE TO KLINGER: In Toledo, Dave Hackenberg wrote the “gut reaction is to wonder why Jamie Farr’s name has come off our local LPGA golf tournament, regardless of sponsorship changes.” It has been the Jamie Farr Classic “since Day One, since founder/tournament director Judd Silverman and others struggled to get this thing off the ground in the early 1980s, since it needed an identity.” People who think it is “a shame that Farr’s name is being taken off the tournament … might point a finger at the new title sponsor since the announcements were made concurrently.” However, it reportedly is “more a confluence of coincidence.” Marathon not only “rode to the rescue but came in as top dog, title sponsor, with a big-dollar outlook that would up the purse over time and put all four rounds of the tournament on worldwide TV.” The tournament over the past nearly three decades has been “sponsored at various times and in various ways by Owens Corning, Kroger, O-I, and probably some others.” But the event regardless of sponsorship “has always been the Farr Classic” (TOLEDO BLADE, 1/10).