Farrs Name Kickstarts LPGA Favorite


The year was 1982 and an unlikely person, then PGA Tour caddy and native Toledoan Judd Silverman, had an idea to start an LPGA Tour event in the Toledo area, which he brought to LPGA Commissioner John Laupheimer. In 1984 after joining forces with Jamie Farr, the event was born.
'We were filming the final episode of the television series M*A*S*H and I decided to take up the game of golf,' Farr said in a recent interview with the LPGA Tour. 'My childhood friend, Don Michel, called me from Toledo, Ohio, and told me that a young man and fellow Toledoan by the name of Judd Silverman thought he could get an LPGA Tour stop in our town and wondered if I would lend my name to an LPGA tournament. I agreed and that is how the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic began.'
The purse that first year was a meager $175,000 and the field consisted of 100 women. That year, Arizona State University alumnae Lauri Merten took home the first place prize money of $26,250 with her score of 278 (-10). This was the second win of Mertens 18-year career on the LPGA Tour.
The Jamie Farr Toledo Classic was first held in 1984 at Glengarry Country Club (presently Stone Oak Country Club) and moved to its present location at Highland Meadows Golf Club in 1989. This year a 144-woman field will play 72-holes of stroke play on the par 71 course for the $1 million purse. The winner will take home $150,000.
Se Ri Pak returns to the site where she has found much success over her short career on the LPGA Tour. Pak, winner of this event in 1998, 1999 and 2001, is the tournament's only three-time winner.
This year the 15-time LPGA Tour champion will go for No. 4.
She joined the Tour in 1998. Since then her success at Highland Meadows ' a course designed by Sandy Alves in 1928 and remodeled by Arthur Hills in 1974 - is simply amazing. In 2000, the only year Pak played and did not win the event, Annika Sorenstam took home the title.