Golfer to compete in LPGA Marathon Classic Qualifier July 15

July 10, 2013 | Events, News, UToday
By Steve Easton



Senior Kate Hoops is scheduled to participate in the qualifier for the 2013 LPGA Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and Owens-Illinois Inc.

The qualifier will take place at the Sylvania Country Club Monday, July 15, with the tournament to be held July 18-21 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.

“This is very exciting for Kate and our golf program,” Toledo Head Coach Nicole Hollingsworth said. “We are so thankful to Judd Silverman and Sandy White for making this opportunity available to a University of Toledo golfer. To be a collegiate golfer and have the opportunity to make it into the Marathon Classic is a great one, and we’ve been fortunate to have it every year the tournament has been held since 2004. I can’t wait to see how Kate does.”

Hoops earned second-team All-Mid-American Conference honors this past season after ranking ninth in the league with a 77.3 stroke average, the fifth-best mark in school history. She posted the best showing of her career with a third-place finish (72-76-73=221) to help UT win the Eastern Kentucky University Colonel Classic. Hoops also notched her career low with a three-over par 219 (71-76-72) to place fourth at the Ocala Invitational.

Breanne Hall was the first UT golfer to participate in the qualifier in 2004 followed by Natalie Storck (2005), Tammy Clelland (2006), Kim Kester (2006, 2007), Boram Lee (2007), Erica Rivard (2008, 2009, 2010) and Piyathida Chaiyapan (2012). Clelland qualified for the event in 2006 after carding a two-under par 70, but missed the 36-hole cut.

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