The Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan, just north of Grand Rapids, will showcase the best of women’s golf through an impressive field, which includes 2015 Defending Champion Lexi Thompson and what tournament representatives are calling the tourney’s ‘strongest field ever’ with eight of the world’s Top 10 players.
In addition, title sponsor Meijer is rolling out generous portions of fun and food. Of course, there will be the usual early week Pro-Am and Junior Clinic at nearby Egypt Valley Country Club, but add a Meijer LPGA 5K Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® June 18 and the “Grand Taste,” June 17-19, at Blythefield and you’ve got a sure-fire formula for family and spectator fun.
The inaugural Meijer LPGA Grand Taste will allow fans who purchase a Grand Taste ticket to access an upgraded food and beverage experience that features more than 40 local restaurants, breweries, local growers and Meijer vendors each day.
The 5K Run & Walk, powered by Gazelle Sports, and will start at 8 a.m. June 18 at Rockford High School. Each participant will receive a shirt and a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s®. With divisions for ages 17 and under, and 18 and older, with strollers welcomed, the top three runners in each age group will receive $500, $250, and $100 in Meijer gift cards, respectively.
All activities will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program.
Through the early months of the 2016 season, Lexi Thompson has continued to play at an exceptional level, earning six Top 10 finishes and one victory at The Honda LPGA Thailand. She is third in the Rolex World Rankings, behind Lydia Ko of New Zealand and Inbee Park of South Korea.
Thompson and Ko will be part of the 2016 Meijer LPGA field that will feature eight of the Top 10, and 42 of the Top 50 women players in the world, including 2014 Meijer Classic Champion Mirim Lee, along with Morgan Pressel, Paula Creamer, Gerina Piller, Brittany Lincicome, Jessica Korda, Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Ariya Jutanugarn and 2016 KPMG Champion Brooke Henderson.
For more information, visit www.MeijerLPGAClassic.com