–by Addison Hinkle

The spectator viewing stands are being assembled in preparation for the Marathon Classic July 9-15 at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

Tournament Preparations Underway
As the long-running LPGA golf tournament approaches, the staff from Highland Meadows is hustling to accommodate the professional golfers and crowd at their club. Greg Patenson, Groundskeeper for Highland Meadows, remains calm, saying it is all “business as usual.”

Highland Meadows staff, outside vendors, and the city of Sylvania are all necessary to pull off the tournament. Vendors set up the skyboxes and all the stands.

Again this year, the Pinnacle has the responsibility of catering the food for the event. Mark Thees, owner of the Pinnacle, and his team meet every day to plan and prepare concessions and catering for the annual tournament. Currently, there are 80 food service operations to feed the crowds and the players, including nine concession stands, the champion tent, and the 19th hole event.

According to Patenson, the staff works as hard as they do every day, upholding the same standards with the professionals as they do with their regular members. The staff at Highland Meadows is committed to keeping such a major event in the city of Sylvania by establishing a venue that is welcoming to a large crowd of people from throughout the community, the region and beyond.

Sylvania Chamber to Host Hole 14 Canteen Party Deck
The Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce is returning as a sponsor for this year’s Marathon Classic, a nationally covered event in Sylvania. The annual golf tournament will be held at Highland Meadows Golf Club from July 9-15. This year in support of its partnership with the Marathon Classic, the Chamber is hosting the Hole 14 Chamber Canteen party deck. This networking event is open for Chamber members and the public throughout all four days of the tournament. The party deck is complete with complimentary beer, wine and Pepsi products. The Canteen will be open from 10 a.m. until the end of play each day.

According to the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Sprott, “We hope to introduce a light atmosphere encouraging friendly banter between the players and the audience at the Hole 14 Chamber Canteen. This is a fun place to be, offering fans the opportunity to be actively involved with the lady golfers.”

The Chamber staff promotes the Sylvania golf tournament on social media and is also involved with the annual gala along with the city of Sylvania. They work closely with the Marathon Classic team to promote the event throughout the year.