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LPGA tournament ranks among tops for attendance

July 18, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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LPGA Meijer Classic crowd
The Meijer LPGA Classic supports Meijer's hunger-relief program for food pantries, Simply Give. Courtesy Meijer

The Grand Rapids market hosts one of the most well-attended tournaments in professional golf.

The Meijer LPGA Classic ranks among the top four tournaments on the LPGA Tour in terms of attendance this year, after attracting more than 50,000 spectators during the four-day tournament in June at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, just north of Grand Rapids.

“In short order, Meijer has shown itself as a world-class partner committed to delivering a can’t-miss event on the LPGA schedule,” said Ricki Lasky, SVP of tournament business affairs and LPGA properties.

Lasky added that the tournament “rallied the West Michigan community and been hugely supported by its golf fans, our players and media.”

In addition to the tournament, more than 200 children participated in junior clinics, 625 people ran the 5K and more than 10,000 guests visited the Grand Taste event.

The tournament returns next June.

In the three years the tournament has been hosted in the area, it has generated more than $2 million for the Meijer’s hunger-relief program for food pantries, Simply Give, and an economic impact of $6 million in West Michigan.

“We are dedicated to making the Meijer LPGA Classic an event the community and the LPGA can stand behind,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman, Meijer. “This event is making a difference in the communities we serve, and we sincerely thank everyone who attended for their continued support.”

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