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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hey, Klinger's Back!

I'm referring of course to Jamie Farr, aka Corporal (later Sergeant) Maxwell Q. Klinger from the old M*A*S*H TV series... and his golf tournament! (For those of you who aren't familiar with M*A*S*H, Klinger was frequently seen in drag. It was part of his plan to get thrown out of the Army. MASH stands for "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital" and the show took place during the Korean War.)

Klinger in uniformAfter a yearlong absence, the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic is back on the LPGA's schedule. The event began way back in 1984, so this is a long-running tournament. It actually ended its run back in 2009 for a variety of reasons, though there were rumors of a disagreement with then-Commissioner Carolyn Bivens. After her resignation the new Commish, Mike Whan, reached an agreement in 2010 to bring the tournament back in 2012 -- the lapse during 2011 due to the U.S. Senior Open being played in the area at the same time as the Farr.

The tournament has been associated with Jamie Farr since its inception and it's been played at the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio for all but the earliest years. It's also a tournament that Se Ri Pak has won 5 separate times! Na Yeon Choi is the defending champion from 2010.

The home page for the tournament -- complete with all kinds of info, especially since this is a relaunch of this very popular tournament -- is right here. And the leaderboard is on this page. (Apparently you'll have to use the leaderboard to keep up with the scores since I can't find a TV listing for a broadcast.) And no, I doubt Jamie Farr will make an appearance in the lovely Southern Belle outfit pictured above...

Although I don't understand why not. It's an LPGA event, after all.

The photo came from Jamie's own site. I guess he really likes yellow.

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