Meijer LPGA Classic teeing off
The Meijer LPGA Classic will tee off next week with the strongest field in the event’s four-year history.
The tournament’s three previous champions all return for the June 13-18 event at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, just north of Grand Rapids.
The trio headline the 144-golfer field, which includes eight of the top-10 women golfers on the LPGA Official Money List and the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
"We are so excited to have such a strong showing of players, which is our best field yet,” said Cathy Cooper, tournament director, Meijer LPGA Classic.
“We believe their commitment is a testament to the community. The support these players receive from our community is really special, and because of that, they love coming back to Grand Rapids to compete."
The event’s 2016 champion, Sei Young Kim, ranks No. 8 on the money list, 2015 champ Lexi Thompson ranks No. 2 and 2014 champ Mirim Lee ranks No. 10. Ariya Jutanugarn, who ranks No. 3 on the money list, Cristi Kerr, No. 4, and In Gee Chun, No. 5, are also included in the field.
Additionally, sponsorship exemptions were granted to three collegiate golfers, allowing Michigan State University’s Allyson Geer, University of Michigan’s Megan Kim and Purdue’s August Kim to participate.
Participants will play 72 holes of stroke play over four days, beginning Thursday, and compete for the $2-million purse.
Gates open at 7 a.m. for each day of the tournament, which will also be broadcast on The Golf Channel.
Tournament week events
Meijer is hosting a number of adjacent events throughout the week, including an LPGA celebrity pro-am on Tuesday, an official pro-am tournament Wednesday, a 5k walk and run hosted at Rockford High School on Saturday and the Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, through Sunday.
A Father’s Day breakfast at the Kid’s Center begins at 8:30 on Sunday, and fathers who attend the tournament with their children that day will receive free admission.
Tickets for the tournament are available at meijerlpgaclassic.com and various Meijer locations for $25 for the entire week of events and $10 for a day.
A $60 weekend pass for Grand Taste and $30 per-day tickets for Grand Taste are also available.