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Organizers, volunteers spend week preparing for Marathon Classic

SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

There has been plenty of activity at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania as the LPGA Marathon Classic kicks off.

Monday was the start of the pro-ams – the professional golfers team up and play with sponsors. The actual tournament starts Thursday.

It's one of the biggest professional golf tournaments, and it happens every year right here in northwest Ohio.

"This is a great thing for the different charities that are involved on an annual basis," said Donald Finnegan, who attends the Marathon Classic. "We look forward to it every year, and it's a wonderful thing."

"It is kind of like they are coming home when they come here," added volunteer Terry Deye. "It is really fun to have them be part of the community."

But a lot of work goes into setting it up each year. From the bleachers to the concessions and the merchandise, it's an extensive construction process.

"We get a lot of help from volunteers," said Tournament Director Judd Silverman. "They help us, you know, put up all of our signage, our roping and staking, ecology, things like that."

Everything is set up in just one week.

This year, organizers are expecting a record number of fans.

"Based on our ticket sales and just the overall visibility and everything, the excitement going on in the community, you know, I think we are going to have record crowds out here this week," Silverman said.

He says he's hoping for 70,000 people. The proceeds from the tournament go to 22 charities in northwest Ohio. 

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