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LPGA tournament produces collegiate invitational

June 17, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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LPGA tournament tees off week
College golfers Lindsey McPherson, left, and Grace Choi joined the field of pros at the 2014 Meijer LGPA Classic. Photo via fb.com

College golfers from across the state and Midwest will compete next week for an opportunity to play in a local LPGA tournament.

The Meijer LPGA Classic said yesterday that it will host an 18-hole qualifying tournament for female players from Big 10 and area colleges on June 23 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, just north of Grand Rapids.

The invitational is free and open to the public. It will have a 9 a.m. shotgun start, with an awards ceremony 30 minutes after play ends.

The Meijer LPGA Collegiate Invitational provides “an opportunity to offer some of the best women collegiate athletes a chance to compete with the best women golfers in the world,” said J.K. Symancyk, president, Meijer.

“After seeing the excitement generated within the community by the Michigan State University and University of Michigan golfers competing in the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic, we are really looking forward to opening it to even more athletes cross the Midwest.”

Participating schools

The Meijer LPGA Collegiate Invitational will host nearly 40 players from a number of schools: Davenport University; Ferris State University; Grand Valley State University; Indiana University; Michigan State University; Northwestern University; Ohio State University; University of Illinois; University of Iowa; University of Maryland; University of Michigan; University of Minnesota; and University of Wisconsin.

The top two players at the qualifier will fill two sponsor exemption spots for the second annual four-day LPGA tour event on July 23-26 at Blythefield.

Last year, Meijer gave the two exemptions to Michigan State University’s Lindsey McPherson and University of Michigan’s Grace Choi.

Meijer LPGA Classic

The tournament, presented by Kraft, hosts a full field of 144 LPGA professionals playing 72 holes.

In addition to the tournament, a variety of events will be held throughout the week, including a pro-am tournament, junior clinic, 5k run, chef cook-off and community concert.

Proceeds from the tournament will head to Meijer’s Simply Give program, which helps Midwest food pantries stock their shelves.

Last year’s inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic raised $600,000 for the program.  

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