Did You Know that Ohio has a Women’s Open Championship, which is hitting its 10th Annual Event Status?
The Ohio Women’s Open was founded in 2005 by Midwest Section LPGA Member and Secretary Martha Mallott. The tournament took a hiatus in 2011, so this year’s event, which will be held August 3 and 4 at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, OH, will be celebrating the 10th Annual Event.
The Ohio Women’s Open, which has regular professional, senior professional, and amateur divisions, boosts a purse of $25,000 and a first place prize of $6000 for the winning professional. The Open has had competitors who are former LPGA touring players, current LPGA touring players, Symetra Tour members, LPGA T&CP members, PGA members, and professionals who compete with no status on any of the tours. The amateurs are usually some of the great players on college teams in the United States. The defending champion this year is Illinois grad Seul-ki Park, otherwise know as “Seuks.” She shot a four-under, two day total of 138 at Eagle Rock to win by three shots.
Defiance loves hosting the tournament and really makes it a community event. The Open has a Sal Hench Memorial Community Clinic Day and the Open pays 12 professionals $200 to give free lessons to community members, old and young, on Saturday, August 1. The OWO Pro-Am is held on Sunday, August 2 this year and also has become a very fun event for the professionals. Besides competing for cash prizes according to how its team competes, the professionals are paid $100 to tee it up with foursomes from our sponsors and the community.
The true winners of our event include our local Defiance Area Foundation, which serves four counties in NW Ohio, as well as two of our local junior golf programs.