Marathon Petroleum Sponsoring LPGA Tour Star

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Marathon Petroleum Sponsoring LPGA Tour Star


FINDLAY, Ohio -- Speedway parent, Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC), signed a sponsorship agreement with LPGA Tour Star Stacy Lewis. The 26-year-old professional golfer is coming off a memorable 2011 season in which she captured her first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, had 12 top 10 finishes and was ranked fourth on the LPGA money list.

"I am thrilled about my new partnership with Marathon Petroleum," Lewis said in a statement. "I grew up in northwest Ohio, so partnering with them has special meaning."

Lewis has become one of the world's best golfers and one of its most consistent. She turned pro in 2008, following one of the most decorated amateur careers of the past decade. As a member of the University of Arkansas women's golf team, she was a four-time All American, won 12 collegiate tournaments and captured the 2007 NCAA Division I National Championship. As the No. 1-ranked amateur in the nation in 2007 and 2008, Lewis earned her LPGA Tour card after winning Qualifying School.

In addition to her accomplishments on the golf course, she continues to inspire thousands of scoliosis patients around the world by reaching the top echelon of her sport despite playing with a metal rod and five screws surgically fused in her back.

"MPC is pleased to partner with Stacy and proud she will be displaying our logo. She exemplifies the same values of integrity, hard work and a drive to succeed that we at MPC believe are a core part of our business," said Tom Kelley, senior vice president, marketing for Marathon Petroleum. "We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Stacy."

MPC is the nation's fifth largest refiner with a crude capacity in excess of 1.1 million barrels per day in its six-refinery system. Marathon brand gasoline is sold through 5,100 independently owned locations across 18 states. In addition, Speedway LLC, an MPC subsidiary, owns and operates the nation's fourth-largest convenience store chain with roughly 1,375 locations in seven states.