Sylvania, Ohio,
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Coming a Long Way to Man the Driving Range

While volunteers for the 2015 Marathon Classic come from a wide variety of places, some really travel the extra mile to be a part of the action.

When Kyle Harris got off his shift at 5:30 a.m. at Marathon Petroleum Company’s (MPC) Robinson, Ill. refinery, fellow operator Danny Croslow was there waiting for him. The two immediately hit the road for the five-and-a-half hour trip to Sylvania, Ohio to spend three days volunteering at the Marathon Classic.

“We drove right here in time to start a noon shift,” says Kyle, a third generation MPC employee who has been with the company for eight years. “We like golf, and we’re having a great time,” adds Danny, a five-year employee. “We definitely plan to be back next year.”

The two joined Instrument Technician Don Daugherty, a 14-year employee who traveled to Sylvania on his own, as the three volunteers assigned to the driving range. This is Don’s third year to volunteer at the tournament, and he’s chosen the driving range as his first choice every time. “All of the players come here during the day,” he says. “If you want to see them hitting balls, this is a great place to be.”

Don notes that other Robinson refinery employees also took the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s Marathon Classic, including Jeff Whithaus, Kip Davis, and Randy Shoulders. “There may actually be others than I didn’t hear about,” says Don. “It’s a great way to spend a few days of vacation and see some great golf, too. I plan to come back every year that I can.”

The opening day of the 2015 Marathon Classic featured great weather and was especially popular with people over 55, as the day was sponsored by Kroger and offered free admission and parking to that particular demographic. In addition to the great golf, enthusiasm also abounded on the streets near the Highland Meadows entrance. For those who didn’t want to take the parking shuttle, a nearby church offering close-in parking for a fee but was donating the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity, and young entrepreneurs were selling frosty bottles of water.

For continuing coverage, go to and All four rounds of the tournament will also be internationally broadcast on the Golf Channel each day from 2-4 p.m.

This article is the second in a series highlighting activities and events related to the tournament.