Sei Young Kim Wins Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

On the first playoff hole, Sei Young Kim stuffed her approach shot from the left rough to three feet and calmly tapped in the birdie putt to defeat Carlota Ciganda and capture her fifth LPGA victory at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. “It was 109 meters to the pin,” Kim explained. “It was a lot of release so I just had 90 meters.  I did, it worked.” Both Kim and Ciganda drove the ball in the left rough on the first extra hole. Ciganda played first and sent her approach long and left setting and failed to get up-and-down for par setting the stage for Kim. “Only one can win and obviously I hit it to the rough, it wasn’t an easy shot and she hit a really good one,” Ciganda said. “So I mean congratulations to her and she was better.” Kim actually thought that she wouldn’t need a playoff when she tapped in for a bogey on her 72nd hole. “Before playoff I felt like already win but I didn’t check the leaderboard,” Kim said.  “Then I thought the ceremony was already.” After she signed her card, Kim was greeted by an LPGA rules official who alerted her that she would be heading back to the 18th tee to compete in the playoff with Ciganda.  “Why’s he waiting for me?,” Kim admitted to wondering. “So after go to the tee box and I realize there’s the playoff.  Wow.” Kim was able to shake it off and improve to a perfect 3-0 in playoffs on the LPGA Tour. “I just angry on myself, yeah,” Kim said of the error in judgment. “I just say, I have to bounce back because today before I play, I setting my goal no bogey play but last one I missed with bogey.  If I bounce back, yeah, it is a good work, so I did it well today.” Making the moment extra special for Kim was the fact that her dad, Jungil Kim, was in attendance. “I’m very happy to win on the Father’s Day give it to my dad this trophy,” Kim said with a smile.

 

Lexi Thompson falls short of back-to-back bid

Lexi Thompson posted a 1-over, 72 to finish tied for fourth during the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Sunday to fall short of defending her title from 2015.

Thompson, the No. 4 ranked player on the Rolex Rankings, started off the day tied for the lead with In Gee Chun and was consistent throughout her front nine earning one birdie and par throughout the first eight holes. It was her turn on the back nine where Thompson started fall down the leaderboard.

“I just didn’t putt well today,” Thompson said. “I had like 36 putts I think so that never helps out a scorecard.  I still hit it pretty well, I thought.  Just didn’t give myself too close of birdie chances but still didn’t hit that many good putts.”

On her back nine, Thompson carded two back to back bogeys on holes 12 and 13 and made par throughout the rest of her round to finish. Thompson said her play took a turn for the worst when she made par on 11.

“Parring 11 is never a good thing,” Thompson said.  “Especially when you hit the fairway.  I hit a great second shot in there, too.  I hit two bad chips there on 11 and 12 but didn’t make the putts on those holes as well”

When asked about how she feels about her overall game after her round, Thompson said that she’s very happy with her overall play.

“Last week was a bit of a struggle there at Sahalee but still managed to get a good finish there, Thompson said.  “But overall this week with how I played, I’m very happy with it.  I hit it a lot better this week, I rolled it great except for today, so it happens.”

 Numbers to know

3 – Sei Young Kim improves to 3-0 in playoffs and all were won on the first sudden-death playoff hole; she previously won the 2015 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic and 2015 LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY in a playoff

 1.62 – Sei Young Kim had the fewest number of putts per greens in regulation for 72 holes at 1.62

 2 – On Sunday, Sei Young Kim became the fifth player to win at least twice on the LPGA Tour this season. She joins Ha Na Jang, Lydia Ko, Haru Nomura and Ariya Jutanugarn on this accomplishment. 

 5 – Number of second place finishes for Carlota Ciganda

 8 – Number of top-10 finishes for both Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson in 2016

 21.35 – The average age of winners on Tour is 21.35

 

2016 Meijer LPGA Classic Champion

Sei Young Kim

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea/Dallas, Texas

Birthdate: January 21, 1993 – currently 23 years, 4 months, and 29 days

Qualified for LPGA Tour – Qualified for the Tour on her first attempt, finishing 25th at the 2012 Final Qualifying Tournament     

Turned Professional – 2013

 

VICTORIES

LPGA: Fifth Career Victory

PREVIOUS WINS: 2016 JTBC Founders Cup, 2015 Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, 2015 LOTTE Championship Presented by Hershey, 2015 Blue Bay LPGA

 

ROLEX RANKINGS

• Sei Young is projected to remain at No. 5 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings

 

MONEY

• CAREER: With the $300,000 first-place check, Sei Young Kim moves from 110th to 95th on the LPGA Career Money List with $2,791,110

• SEASON: Sei Young Kim has earned $971,054 this season and is 4th on the 2016 LPGA Official Money List

 

TOURNAMENT SPECIFIC

• This was Sei Young’s first appearance at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

 

2015 IN A NUTSHELL ON THE LPGA

• 27 events played, 25 cuts made, $1,820,056, three wins, and 8 additional top-10s

 

OF NOTE

• Sei Young becomes the fifth multiple winner on Tour this season (Ha Na Jang, Lydia Ko, Haru Nomura, Ariya Jutanugarn)

• Won for the third time in a playoff. Sei Young is 3-0 in playoffs during her time on the LPGA Tour

• Continues the LPGA’s youth trend as only one winner this year has been over the age of 23 (Anna Nordqvist, 28)

• Finished first in the 2015 Rolex Rookie of the Year standings and third in the 2015 Rolex Player of the Year standings

• Won five times on the KLPGA in 2014 and 2013

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give – Day 3

Defending Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give champion Lexi Thompson and In Gee Chun will share the lead at 15-under par heading into the final round at Blythefield Country Club.

“I’m just going to go out here, have fun, be relaxed, just how I have been the last three days,” Thompson said. “It’s been a very relaxing week so far, so I’ll just try my best tomorrow and see how it goes.”

“I’m always excited to play in the last group so I’m ready,” Chun said with a smile. “I enjoy it.”

While she has a chance to repeat as champion, Thompson finds herself in a different position than she was in 2015 when she came from 5-shots back to win.

“It’s a different mindset than coming from behind a few shots, but like I said before, you just have to focus on your own game,” Thompson explained. “You can’t control other players, you just have to do your best, try to make birdies out here because you know they’re going to be made and see where it goes.”

Chun tied the low round of the week on Saturday with a 65 to move her into the final group with Thompson, who she is excited to be playing with.

“It’s very exciting because she’s such a great player so always I learn a lot from her,” The reigning U.S. Women’s Open Champion said.

The duo will be joined in the final group by Sei Young Kim who also shot a 65 on Saturday.

“I feel good today because today bogey free, so when I starting first round I set goal, I set goal no bogey and no double, Kim said. “Well, the first round, second round I had a couple bogeys, but it’s fine because today I success in my goal, yeah.”

On a week where the scores have been low, 10 players are within five shots of the lead entering the final day.

Lydia Ko hanging around

Lydia Ko posted a 4-under, 67 during the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Saturday and sits four shots back of current leaders In Gee Chun and defending champion Lexi Thompson.

“The front nine I couldn’t get anything going,” Ko said. “I was striking the ball really well and then just no putts were going in.  And then I made a good up and down on 9 and then made four good birdies in a row, so I think that kind of turned my round around.  And then in the last few holes I made quite a few good par putts and up and downs to save par.”

On a day where 28 of the players in the field are posting rounds in the 60’s, Ko said her strategy headed into the final round on Sunday is to have fun and be patient with her shots.

“The girls are going low so I know all I’ve got to do is have fun out there, be patient and hopefully make birdies,” Ko said. “But you just never know what’s going to happen, and especially with the girls going low, there could be a very low number tomorrow.  But I’ve just got to focus on my game.  At the end of the day I’m going to be a few shots behind, but I’m not going to worry about what everybody’s doing and just try to have a good round tomorrow.”

Sei Young Kim in the hunt again

Sei Young Kim posted a 6-under, 65 during the third of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Saturday to sit in third just one shot behind current leaders In Gee Chun and Lexi Thompson heading into the final round. 

“I’m very excited,” Kim said. “I have an opportunity to be the leader and hopefully I play well and I take the lead.”

Kim, ranked No. 5 on the Rolex Rankings, started off on fire earning four birdies and no bogeys during her front nine. But when it came down to her back nine, Kim carried the momentum from the front nine and earned an eagle on hole No. 9 and finished making par on every hole on her back nine to finish her round. Kim’s plan heading into the final round on Sunday is to focus on the mental aspect of her game.

“I think the point is to mentally keep relaxed and focus on my putting, every player is really good at putting” Kim said  “So main thing is to reset and refresh.”

Numbers to know

8 – Lexi Thompson has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead eight times in her career and won five of them

>> With a victory this week, Lexi Thompson has the opportunity to successfully defend a tournament title for the first time in her career

12 – Lexi Thompson is 12-under par on the front nine

-15 – Lexi Thompson is 15-under par and will have the opportunity on Sunday to break her previous tournament scoring record of 18-under par last year

290.3 – Lexi Thompson leads the field in driving distance with an average of 290.3 yards per drive

26 – Lydia Ko and Sei Young Kim lead the Tour with 26 rounds in the 60s through Saturday

2 – Briana Mao and Mi Jung Hur both recorded their first career hole-in-ones; There were none the first two years of the tournament 

67 – Michelle Wie’s round of 67 was her first round in the 60s since the second round of the ANA Inspiration (4/2/16) 

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give – Day 2

Despite battling back issues throughout her second round, defending champion Lexi Thompson was able to fire an 4-under, 67, and will take a one shot lead into the weekend at 10-under-par at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

“I’m not really one to complain about pain because I just fight through it, but yeah, it’s hurting,” Thompson admitted. “I’m going to go and get a rubdown and see if it goes away.”

Thompson started her day strong turning in 3-under, 33, to grab a share of the lead and claimed the outright lead with a birdie on the par-4 10th. Bogeys on 15 and 16 dropped Thompson out of the lead but the 21-year-old was able to bounce back with a pair of birdies to close her round on a high note.

“Yeah, it was definitely important to come back from the two bogeys,” Thompson explained. “I just hit a few errant drives there towards the end and made bogeys, but I played 17 and 18 well.  I got pretty lucky on 18, I will say that.”

While she may be struggling with the pain, don’t expect Thompson to back down from the challenge of trying to win her eighth LPGA Tour victory.

“Just got to fight through it,” Thompson explained. “I just try not to pay attention to it.  It was hurting just getting into posture for my golf shot, so it is what it is. I didn’t really want to pay attention to how bad it was hurting because then it brings more attention to it and it becomes a mind game.”

Thompson holds a one shot lead over a group of four players – In Gee Chun, Q Baek, So Yeon Ryu and Alena Sharp – on a bunched leaderboard where 32 golfers sit within five strokes of the lead.

“After last week at Sahalee this golf course feels more wide open,” Ryu explained. “I feel more comfortable, felt like be able to play more aggressive.  So I think that’s why you can see a lot of birdies out there and I think that’s why a lot of players playing really well.  I think next two days going to be quite similar I expect, so I think I’m just going to keep like aggressive playing like the last two days.”

79 players made the cut of 1-under 141.

KO AND HENDERSON stay ON EACH OTHERS HEELS

Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson head into the third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give both tied for 13th three shots back of 36-hole leader Lexi Thompson.

“I’m happy with the way I played,” Ko said. “I was pretty consistent and I just got to keep playing like this. My ball striking wasn’t as good as yesterday so hopefully it can get better progressively on the weekend.”

Henderson said that anyone in the field could end up being the winner.

“Anybody can win,” Henderson said. “Anybody can make something happen and it just takes two more really good days and hopefully looking at that trophy on Sunday.”

The duo will be paired together tomorrow at 11:25 a.m.

Another canadian in the mix

Canadian Alena Sharp posted a 4-under, 67 during the second round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Friday. Sharp started off the week with a 5-under, 66 making five birdies and a bogey-free round on Thursday and sits tied for second alongside Q Baek, In Gee Chun, and So Yeon Ryu.  Sharp said her low round on Friday had to do with the conditions of the course.

“The golf course is in great shape and the rain that we had this week, I think it softened up the greens just nicely that you can actually go at some of the tucked pins and keep it within 10 feet,” Sharp said. “There’s a lot of birdies out there because of that, so I took advantage of the softer conditions.  Saw that this morning scores were kind of low, so I knew I could do it, too.”

Sharp played her front nine consistently making five birdies with no bogeys but when it came to her back nine, Sharp made two birdies and a bogey on hole nine. Even with her lone bogey on nine,  Sharp said that she played well and believes her game is firing on all cylinders.

“In the beginning I was getting a little frustrated, I didn’t hit it close to the pin, but then I think through six holes I started getting it right around the pin and had some birdies that fell,” Sharp said.  “Really played steady all day.  Struck it better today than yesterday.  I putted really well yesterday.  I putted pretty good today, too.  So everything in my game’s firing on all cylinders.”

Numbers to know

-30 – Lexi Thompson is a combined 30-under par over the last seven rounds at this tournament

-6 – Lexi Thompson is 6-under par on the par 5s

6 – Lexi Thompson will sleep on the 36-hole lead for the sixth time in her career. She has converted three of the previous five into victories, including last year’s Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

-1 – 1-under par is the lowest cut line at this event

12 – Three players made 12 birdies through two rounds, which is the most made on the course for the two days (Sei Young Kim, Minjee Lee and Jodi Ewart Shadoff)

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give – Day 1

Five Players Tied for Lead After Day One 

Five players, including 21-year-old defending champion Lexi Thompson and 52-year-old World Golf Hall of Famer Laura Davies, share the lead at 6-under following the opening round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

“I would just say there’s a lot more confidence, a lot of great memories there from last year,” Thompson said of coming back to Grand Rapids as the defending champion. “I just replayed a lot of the shots I hit basically the last round, I remembered a lot.  There was actually a lot of Sunday pins from last year today.”

“It’s fun for me,” Davies, a 20-time LPGA winner, said of competing with the younger generation of golf superstars. “I loved watching that playoff last week; two really great young players, such happy-go-lucky characters as well, it’s good for the game. But there’s room for the likes of myself and Juli Inkster and a few of the other old girls to show what we can still do because we all hit it well, it’s just the short game separates the top players from the ones that are just struggling a little bit sometimes.”

Four time LPGA Tour winner Sei Young Kim, Paula Reto and Carlota Ciganda round out the group at the top of the leaderboard.

“Today I shot pretty steady,” said Kim. “The greens are very easy to hold so it should make birdie opportunity very easier.”

“I was not going to really expect anything, I was just going to try to play my best and one shot at a time because I feel like I couldn’t think too much today because of the last couple weeks, I haven’t felt so good,” Reto said. “So this week I told myself I’m just going to sort of stay patient, stay within myself, and I think that really helped me today.”

The course conditions at Blythefield seemed to benefit the bombers as Thompson (1st), Kim (5th), Ciganda (6th) and Reto (7th) are all tied for the lead.

“Yeah, I think so,” Ciganda said when asked if the course benefits longer players. “I think it’s playing from what I heard a little longer than other years, so it’s a little wet and the greens are pretty soft which I really liked to just hit it to the pin and be a little aggressive.  So I think the course is good for long hitters and, yeah, I really like the course.”

Seven players are a shot back at 5-under and seven additional golfers are two back. In total, there are 46 players within five shots of the lead.

 

Paula Creamer sets the record straight regarding bubba watson’s 2007 oakmont yardage book

After being accused of not returning Bubba Watson’s yardage book from the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont, Paula Creamer told her side of the story today at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give.

“I mean, Bubba’s a good friend of mine so I know he’s trying to throw me under the bus, but we all know in reality I did give him back his yardage books and he had them,” Creamer said. “It’s kind of funny when you can play games like that.  However, he is wrong and he knows it and he has his books.”

The yardage books, which helped Creamer win the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, appear to still have their magic as Watson sits in a tie for second as play was suspended at Oakmont. 

 

DEFENDING CHAMPION LEXI THOMPSON CARDS 6-UNDER, 65 IN FIRST ROUND

The first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give started out with some rain but that didn’t stop reigning champion Lexi Thompson from posting a  6-under, 65 at Blythefield Country Club. Thompson, ranked No. 4 on the Rolex Rankings, posted a bogey free round making four birdies and one eagle.

“I had a slow start for my first nine there on the back, but hit it very well and then got on a birdie run there on my second nine.” Thompson said.

Even with the winds against her, Thompson said that she didn’t make any adjustments to her game but made sure to stay positive throughout the round.

“I didn’t really change anything, I just made sure I stayed positive,” Thompson said. “I was hitting it well on my first nine, I two-putted every hole on the first nine so I just had to be patient with it.  Then ended up holing out for eagle on my 10th hole, on No. 1 today, so that always helps with the putts.”

 

WORLD’S NO. 1&2 TWO BACK

World No.1 Lydia Ko and No.2 Brooke Henderson both carded a 4-under, 67s, on Thursday and both head into the second round just two shots back from current leaders Carlota Ciganda, Laura Davies, Sei Young Kim, Paula Reto, and Lexi Thompson.

“It was a pretty solid day, Henderson said. “4 under, I’ll take it.  Only two back from the lead right now, the leaderboard’s pretty crowded with the top names and a ton of really good scores, so it’s a good first day but I’m excited for the rest.”

Both players are coming off a historic sudden death playoff at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, where Henderson defeated Ko. Henderson had five birdies and one bogey while Ko had four birdies and went bogey free during the round.  Ko said that she is happy to start off the first round with a 67.

“Yeah, it was a pretty consistent day,” Ko said. “I had a few putts where it was close to going in but didn’t fall, but I think that’s what you’ve got to do, commit to your lines and put a good stroke on it.  But I’m happy to start with a 67.  Especially that front nine and those first few holes were tough because the wind was getting up and it seemed like the skies were getting dark, too.”

 

Numbers to Know

5 – The last two champions of this tournament were five shots off the lead after the first round; Mi Jung Hur, Sun Young Yoo and Anna Nordqvist are all five strokes back and they have a combined 10 career victories

 46 – 46 players are within five shots of the lead

 13 – The 13th hole played as the toughest hole on the course on Thursday; 18 birdies, 83 pars, 38 bogeys and 5 double bogeys

 18 – Lexi Thompson hit every green in regulation (18-for-18)

 >> Lexi Thompson has led one time after Round 1 in 2016 and she ended up winning the tournament (Honda LPGA Thailand) with a score of 20-under par

 65 – Number of players under par for Round 1 at the Blythefield Country Club; Four more players than a year ago 

FREE Downtown Shuttle for All Guests of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Courtesy of mLive Media Group, a FREE shuttle will be available for ALL patrons of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give throughout Tournament weekend, June 17-19. 

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  • Guests do not need a ticket to board the shuttle – tickets will be available at the gate!

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Tickets Available Now Online

Tournament tickets are now available online for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which will be held June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club.  

General admission weekly tickets cost $25, and general admission daily tickets cost $10. Kids, ages 17 and under, will receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

A limited number of upgraded daily reserved tickets are available for $75. The upgraded ticket provides admission to a premium viewing deck on the 17th green, as well as food and beverages

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program. In the event’s two-year history, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program to feed those in need throughout the Midwest.

Tickets are available for purchase at MeijerLPGAClassic.com.

For additional details on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please contact the representatives per the information above. 

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Adds Grand Tasting Event

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 21, 2016) – The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give announced today a three-day grand tasting event that Meijer will host in conjunction with the LPGA tournament week June 14-19. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Grand Taste will take place June 17-19 at Blythefield Country Club.  

“We are thrilled to be adding this experience to LPGA week showcasing some of the best food that West Michigan has to offer,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “The Meijer LPGA Grand Taste will feature local restaurants, breweries and Meijer partners, attracting not only golf fans to Blythefield Country Club, but creating a culinary experience the whole family can enjoy.”

This year, fans who purchase a ticket will receive access to an upgraded food and beverage experience taking place at Blythefield Country Club. Representing Meijer and West Michigan, more than 40 local restaurants, breweries, local growers and Meijer vendors will be on hand throughout the day.

The announcement is made with commitments from Terra, Founders Brewing Company, Martha’s Vineyard, Honey Creek Inn, Blue Dog Tavern, Six.One.Six at JW Marriott, Bell’s Brewery and more. Additional restaurant and brewery announcements will follow.

A ticket to the Meijer LPGA Grand Taste is $25, and $5 for kids, ages 17 and under, with a ticketed adult. The upgraded ticket will include food and beverage samples from participating restaurants, breweries, and Meijer vendors. This ticket also includes general admission access to the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to purchase tickets to the Meijer LPGA Grand Taste, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video recapping the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com, and a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Opens Volunteer Registration

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 7, 2016) – Entering its third year, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has grown into one of the premier events on the LPGA Tour, and organizers expect it to continue growing this year. Registration is now open to welcome volunteers from across Michigan and the Midwest to the 2016 event, which will be held June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club. 

“This community has embraced our event, and we look forward to continued growth and development each and every year,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “We could not continue to bring such a world-class event to the community without tremendous support from our volunteers and tournament staff.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic will need more than 700 volunteers, ranging in responsibilities from marshals and standard bearers to transportation and assisting the media. Volunteers can indicate their top three choices, and will be assigned to a committee on a first-come, first-served basis.

The volunteer fee of $55 includes two official tournament golf shirts, one official tournament hat, one volunteer badge valid as a grounds pass and parking for tournament week, four weekly grounds passes for friends or family, one ticket to the volunteer appreciation party, and meals and beverages during scheduled shifts.

“You don’t need to know golf to volunteer – anyone can contribute, all while experiencing an LPGA Tour event featuring some of the best women golfers in the world,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said.

Meijer is committed to making West Michigan a staple on the LPGA Tour, increasing the purse to $2 million, while expanding the tournament-week events and activities.

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give will host a full field of 144 players, playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. The driving mission of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is to focus on feeding the hungry, and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament coincides with the retailer’s Simply Give program, which has generated more than $21 million since 2008 for food pantries in the communities it serves.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has donated more than $1.3 Million to local food pantries through the Simply Give program.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video recapping the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com, and a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Tickets Available Now Online

Tournament tickets are now available online for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which will be held June 14-19 at Blythefield Country Club.  

General admission weekly tickets cost $25, and general admission daily tickets cost $10. Kids, ages 17 and under, will receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

A limited number of upgraded daily reserved tickets are available for $75. The upgraded ticket provides admission to a premium viewing deck on the 17th green, as well as food and beverages

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program. In the event’s two-year history, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give has raised more than $1.3 million for the Simply Give program to feed those in need throughout the Midwest.

Tickets are available for purchase at MeijerLPGAClassic.com.

For additional details on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, please contact the representatives per the information above. 

Meijer Announces New Name for the 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 23, 2016) – Meijer officials announced today that it’s changing the name of its LPGA tournament to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in an effort to focus on its cause of stocking local food pantries.

“Thanks to the ongoing community support, the Meijer LPGA Classic has been incredibly successful, providing world-class golf and fun events for families,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “But it has made a far greater impact by raising awareness and funding for hunger relief in the Midwest. We are dedicated to this cause.”

The 2016 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 13-19 at Blythefield Country Club, and will once again benefit the retailer’s Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The inaugural tournament in 2014 raised more than $600,000, and the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic generated $750,000 for the Simply Give program.

The program has generated more than $21 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008.

This year, the tournament will line up with the retailer’s spring Simply Give campaign, which is scheduled to run May 8 through June 19. To participate in the program, customers can purchase a $10 donation card at their local Meijer store, which will be converted into a Meijer food-only gift card and given to the food pantry selected by the store.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic is a great opportunity for the entire community to come together to make a difference,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “We look forward to working with our fantastic sponsors to bring another exciting event to them this year.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic is a world-class tournament that hosts a full field of 144 of the best female golfers playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition.

For more information, please visit MeijerLPGAClassic.com.