2012 Classic

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 through Sunday, June 24, 2012

Schedule of Sporting Events | Special Events | Social Events | Registration | Hotel & Lodging | Transportation

Reissuing the Challenge!

The Whiting Refinery Team at the first Classic in 1985 in Texas City.

In 1985, Torch Classic founder Cory Webster, then a heavy equipment operator at Amoco’s Whiting refinery in Northwest Indiana, issued a challenge to sister refineries throughout North America to compete in a single softball game. The challenge? The losing team would fly the winning team’s state flag over their refinery for a year. A few months later, Webster received a reply — Texas City, Texas, had accepted the challenge.

Long after the end of that afternoon of competition, Whiting and Texas participants reflected upon the camaraderie and the new friendships they had made. They knew this event was something special, and they also knew the experience was worth repeating. So it began. So it continues. Less than 100 people participated in the event that first year. It didn’t take long for word to spread, however, and in just two short years thousands of employees representing BP/Amoco facilities from all over the world joined in the fun.

Now, 27 years later, we, the employees of Whiting and Texas City refineries, are once again issuing the challenge to all BP facilities worldwide, to come and play us in softball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, bowling, golf and a 5K run for charity for the 28th Annual Torch Classic. We will also be conducting Volunteer Day activities, where we will strive make a difference in the Whiting community.

The challenge has been issued, now it’s up to all of you to join us for the fun! Hope to see you in Whiting this June!

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Special Events – Volunteer Day


Day Date Time Event
Wed 6/20 8:00 am to
5:00 pm

Volunteer Day
Nathan Hale Elementary Garden
1831 Oliver Street
Whiting, Indiana   46394


Schedule of Sporting Events


Day Date Time Event
Wed 6/20 7:00 p.m. start

Plaza Lanes
8101 Kennedy Ave.
Highland, IN 46322

Thu 6/21 10:00 a.m.
shotgun start
Sherwood Golf
600 East Joliet Street
Schererville, IN 46375

    Evening Basketball
Whiting High School
1751 Oliver Street
Whiting, Indiana   46394

Fri 6/22 Afternoon

Tennis – Location/Details TBA
Whiting Park
1561 Park Road

Whiting, Indiana 46394




Softball– (Both Men’s & Co-Ed)
Hidden Lake Park
6355 Broadway
Merrillville, Indiana   46410
Sat 6/23 Afternoon
VolleyballLocation/Details TBA
Whiting Park
1561 Park Road
Whiting, Indiana 46394     


Social Events


Day Date Time Event
Saturday June 23

Saturday Night Social
Fairfield Inn (Host Hotel)




Registration is closed

A registration form must be filled out for EACH attendee. If you have any questions about registration or if your registration information should change, send a note to registration@torchclassic.com.


Hotel & Lodging


The Whiting Torch Classic has chosen the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Hammond, Indiana, as our host hotel. The room rate for the event is $105/night plus tax. Please reference “Torch Classic” when making your hotel reservations by phone. Use this link to book your reservations online.


7720 Corinne Drive
Hammond, Indiana   46323
1 (219) 845-7655
Toll free:  1-800-580-1106
$105 a night plus tax
Double queen beds
Pool and free breakfast

June 1st is cut off date for reservation at this rate!





Everyone will be responsible for their own travel arrangements. We may be working with a particular car rental vendor for our transportation needs. We will announce such arrangements and discount codes when they become available.