Expansion: The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic

Expansion: The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic

The Grand Taste Garden adds 5,000 square feet of food, music and family fun                          

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic – the best food experience on any tour – is back and expanding to two locations for its third year at Blythefield Country Club June 15-17.

The Grand Taste Garden will make its debut this year across the fairway from the Grand Taste tent. It will feature food, outdoor games, chef demonstrations throughout the weekend and barbeque and live music from local bands Great Scott! and Blue Water Kings Band, following play on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The 5,000-square-foot addition will accompany the Grand Taste tent, a 20,000-square-foot air-conditioned tent that overlooks the fairway and features food from dozens of local restaurants, breweries, Meijer vendors and Meijer products and food trends.

“The Grand Taste has become a cannot miss event at the Meijer LPGA Classic because of the food, the atmosphere and close proximity to the best golf in the world,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “But every year, we look for ways heighten the tournament experience for the community. And, this year, we think they’re really going to enjoy The Grand Taste Garden.”

The Grand Taste ticket will include food and beverage samples from participating local restaurants, breweries, and Meijer vendors.

  • Single Day adult tickets cost $35 per ticket and are valid any one day, Friday through Sunday.
  • A Weekend Pass costs $70 per ticket and are valid Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tickets for children, ages 17 and under with a ticketed adult, cost $10 for a single day and $20 for the weekend.

These tickets will grant access to both Grand Taste locations and includes general admission access to the golf tournament.

“We really try to make every experience at the Meijer LGPA Classic fun for the whole family,” Cooper said. “We believe the value of everything included in the Grand Taste ticket is truly unbeatable and we have something for everyone to enjoy.”

Run #Forehunger at Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s

Run #Forehunger at Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s                            

One mile fun run for kids added to race day               

             

Registration for the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® is now open online.

The race will be powered by Gazelle Sports, and will start at 8 a.m. June 16 at Rockford High School. Each participant will receive a branded T-shirt, two daily tickets to the golf tournament, valid any one day Tuesday through Sunday, and a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s after the race.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give offers something for everyone, and we are thrilled to have the continued support of Kellogg’s and Gazelle Sports to make this run such a success,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “This is a great way to engage the community while increasing awareness around hunger in our neighborhoods.”

The cost to participate in the run is $25 per person, ages 18 and older, and $15 per person, ages 17 and under. During the event, strollers are welcome and encouraged.

A one mile kid’s fun run will also be added to festivities this year for children, ages 10 and under. The cost is $10 per child.

The top three runners in each age group will receive $500, $250, and $100 in Meijer gift cards, respectively. Local companies, community organizations, families and schools throughout West Michigan are encouraged to put together a team of five to 10 runners to participate in the Team Challenge; the cost to participate is $150 per team.

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The 2017 tournament raised $1 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the four tournaments have generated more than $3.1 million for the Meijer Simply Give program.

To follow the Meijer LPGA Classic before, during and after tournament week, please post about your experience and share your pictures on social media using the hashtags #forehunger, #SimplyGive and #MeijerGives.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give or to register for the 5k, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

To view a video featuring the 2017 Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk, please visit https://youtu.be/Ji1zsJVCaJ0.

​Tickets to Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Now Available Online

Tickets to Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Now Available Online

Tickets to the tournament’s expanded Grand Taste food event also available                      

Tickets to the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, held June 12-17, at Blythefield Country Club are now available online.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic has something for everyone in the community to enjoy,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. “Every year, we strive to make this an event for families – not just golf fans – and our fifth year will be no different. We are officially inviting all families to come out and enjoy all that the tournament has to offer.”

General Admission Tickets      

General Admission Tickets include general grounds access to the Meijer LPGA Classic. Public viewing bleacher seating and various concession areas are located throughout the course for spectators. Kids, ages 17 and under, will receive free admission with a ticketed adult.

  • Daily tickets cost $10, and are valid any one day, Tuesday through Sunday.
  • Weekly tickets cost $25, and are valid all week, Tuesday through Sunday.

 

Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic

The Grand Taste – known as the best food experience on any tour – will return to this year’s tournament week lineup at Blythefield Country Club from June 15-17. The upgraded ticket will include food and beverage samples from participating local restaurants, breweries and Meijer vendors.

New this year, organizers expanded the Grand Taste to include the addition of The Grand Taste Garden as a second venue. It will feature food, games and chef demonstrations, along with live music into the evening, following play on June 16 and June 17. This ticket will grant access to both Grand Taste locations and includes general admission access to the golf tournament.

  • Single Day adult tickets cost $35 apiece, and are valid any one day, Friday through Sunday.
  • Weekend passes cost $70 apiece, and are valid Friday through Sunday.
  • Tickets for kids, ages 17 and under with a ticketed adult, cost $10 for a single day and $20 for the weekend.

 

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Opens Volunteer Registration

Back for its fifth year, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give remains one of the premier events on the Tour, and tournament officials say the success is attributed to the continued commitment from its volunteers. 

Volunteer registration is now open to support the 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give, which will be held June 12-17, at Blythefield Country Club. 

“The Meijer LGPA Classic is for the community. We’re thankful it’s a tournament the community has embraced over the past four years as attendees, as community partners, as volunteers,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We look forward to this year’s event, which we certainly couldn’t do without a strong team of volunteers and staff.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic is seeking more than 700 volunteers to fill roles on 22 different committees, ranging from marshals and standard bearers to transportation and assisting inside the media center. New this year, during registration, volunteers can select their preferred committee, as well as the shifts they would like to work. Volunteers are encouraged to register early since committees and shift times are filled on a first come, first served basis. 

“The Meijer LPGA Classic offers something for everyone not only as an attendee, but also for volunteers. And, what’s even better is you don’t need to be an expert on golf,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “The volunteers really seem to form a bond because we often see familiar faces coming back year after year.”

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

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The 2017 tournament alone raised $1 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the four tournaments have generated more than $3.1 million for the Meijer Simply Give program.

To view a video featuring volunteers with the Meijer LPGA Classic, please visit https://youtu.be/EIQhTdBbGks.

Brooke M. Henderson Wins 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

The fourth annual Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give concluded today with a win by Canadian LPGA Professional Brooke M. Henderson and a record donation of more than $1 million to the retailer’s Simply Give program that stocks the shelves of its food pantry partners across the Midwest.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic has an incredible impact on our hungry neighbors, and it’s thanks to the ongoing community support that we met our goal of raising at least $1 million during this year’s tournament,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We look forward to continuing this tradition again next year.”

The 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 11-17 at Blythefield Country Club.

“On behalf of everyone at Meijer, we congratulate Brooke Henderson on a great win at the Meijer LPGA Classic,” said Cathy Cooper, Executive Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “Despite a few weather delays, it was a fantastic end to a wonderful week. This year’s tournament was once again fully embraced by the community.”

While final attendance figures are not yet available, representatives said the tournament continued to exceed expectations and will definitely meet the goal of raising at least $1 million for Simply Give.

In total, the four tournaments have generated more than $3.1 million – or 34.1 million meals – for the Meijer Simply Give program.

Meijer started Simply Give in November 2008 and has since generated more than $29 million for its food pantry partners. The contributions donated as a result of the Meijer LPGA Classic are due, in large part, to the generous Meijer customers who attended the tournament week events, and the sponsors who helped make the event a success.

The $1 million donation will be divided among the retailer’s 237 food pantry partners participating in the spring Simply Give campaign, which ended today.

“The Meijer Simply Give program is extremely important to our food pantry because it helps us to provide healthy and nutritious food to our neighbors,” said Waverly Knight, a director of the Northwest Food Pantry. “Without the program, our food pantry shelves would be empty. We thank Meijer for their willingness to have the Simply Give program and the community for their support in helping feed those in need.”

A crowd of enthusiastic fans braved the weather and lined the ropes at Blythefield Country Club June 13-18 to watch a competitive field of 144 world-class golfers play 72 holes of stroke play. Ultimately, Henderson shot 3-under par in the final round to claim the title as Meijer LPGA Classic champion. She won the tournament by two strokes – over Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie – with a four-round 17-under par total.

Henderson dedicated this tournament to her father, who also happens to be her coach.

“I’ve said this win is for him, but it really is for him because I really wouldn’t have done it without him,” she said. “To have my fourth win is just super exciting, and I’m excited for the summer now. Thank you to Meijer for putting on such a great event, and I’m excited to come back next year to defend my title.”

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Saturday Delay and Concert

Due to course conditions, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and the LPGA Tour have adjusted tee times to avoid any delays in tournament play.

Tee times begin at 12:14 p.m. and tournament play will end at approximately 7 p.m.

LIVE at the Grand Taste, an outdoor concert featuring 3 Doors Down, will start shortly after play at Blythefield Country Club.

Estimated start time for LIVE at the Grand Taste is 7:30 p.m.

Any Meijer LPGA Classic ticket or credential that is valid for Saturday, June 17 will allow access to LIVE at the Grand Taste – the 3 Doors Down concert at Blythefield Country Club. For a complete list of valid credentials, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. The concert is free for all Saturday ticket holders or $10 at the gate. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis while quantities last.

3 Doors Down to Perform LIVE at the Grand Taste as Part of Fun-Filled Tournament Week Schedule

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is partnering with General Mills to add live music to its robust tournament schedule. A concert, featuring 3 Doors Down, will be held June 17, following tournament play, during LIVE at the Grand Taste at Blythefield Country Club.


Formed in 1995, Grammy Award®-nominated multiplatinum Mississippi rock band 3 Doors Down consistently captivates audiences worldwide. Known for their mega-hits, ‘Kryptonite,’ ‘Here Without You,’ ‘When I’m Gone,’ and ‘It’s Not My Time,’ the 5-piece rock band has sold more than 18 million albums worldwide.


Any Meijer LPGA Classic ticket or credential that is valid for Saturday, June 17 will allow access to LIVE at the Grand Taste – the 3 Doors Down concert at Blythefield Country Club. For a complete list of valid credentials, visit meijerLPGAclassic.com. The concert is free for all Saturday ticket holders or $10 at the gate. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come, first serve basis while quantities last.


“This year’s tournament will, once again, attract top talent on the golf course and now on stage,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We try very hard to make this an event for the entire family. We believe adding this concert into an already fun week of activities will engage even more people in the community – to support feeding the hungry through Simply Give.”

Celebrity Chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall Return to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Celebrity Chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall Return to the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give

Celebrity chefs to enhance the Grand Taste events with food demonstrations

                      

 The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continues to enhance its three-day food tasting event – the Grand Taste – with food demonstrations by celebrity chefs Cat Cora and Carla Hall.

Both celebrity chefs have participated in previous Meijer LPGA Classic events, Tournament Director Cathy Cooper said.

“The Grand Taste at the Meijer LPGA Classic is the greatest food experience on tour, and we are very excited to bring Cat Cora and Carla Hall back for another fun year,” Cooper said. “Our tournament truly offers something for everyone, so being able to highlight the talent of these amazing chefs, along with the best restaurants and breweries that West Michigan has to offer, will make it an experience the community won’t want to miss.”

Cooper said all Grand Taste ticket holders will have access to the chef demonstrations, and therefore, won’t need to purchase an additional ticket.

After participating in the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic, Cat Cora, the first female Iron Chef on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America, will return on Saturday, June 17 to the Grand Taste tent to share a few of her favorite recipes.

  • Cora is a world renowned chef best known for her featured role as an “Iron Chef” on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and as a co-host of Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates. Cora makes regular appearances on a variety of talk shows and has hosted and guest judged a number of food shows, including Bravo’s Top Chef, Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Cutthroat Kitchen. She has opened numerous restaurants, including Cat Cora’s Taproom that is located in the Detroit Metro Airport.

Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew, will make her third appearance at the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday, June 18 at the Grand Taste tent for fun, interactive demos.

  • Hall is a co-host of ABC’s popular lifestyle series, The Chew. Although she is best known as a competitor on Bravo’s Top Chef, where she won over audiences with her catch phrase, “Hootie Hoo,” and her philosophy to always cook with love. Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen – her first restaurant – opened in New York City in late 2015. A fast-casual love letter to Nashville, the restaurant features iconic Nashville Hot Chicken and southern sides, anchored by Hall’s family recipes and perfected with her personal touches. 

In addition to the celebrity chefs, local restaurants, breweries and Meijer will also feature new food trends through demonstrations at the Grand Taste, Friday through Sunday.

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give to Welcome Back All Three Defending Champions

 

Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give to Welcome Back All Three Defending Champions

Playing field for the 2017 tournament continues to grow stronger  

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The playing field for the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give continues to grow stronger with commitments from its three defending champions – Sei Young Kim, Lexi Thompson and Mirim Lee – who will return June 13-18 to Blythefield Country Club.

“Each year, we strive to ensure the Meijer LPGA Classic is a high-caliber tournament for the community, but also for these incredible athletes who make Grand Rapids their home,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “When our past champions commit, we know that they recognize and appreciate just how much the community supports them year after year.”

Sei Young Kim – 2016 Champion

The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give Defending Champion Sei Young Kim is still relatively new to the Tour but has made great strides. Kim captured three victories in her rookie season, and in 2015, won both the Kia Most Compelling Performance Award and the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year honors. She also became a Rolex First-Time Winner in 2015 at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, and has had five overall career wins. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/sei-young-kim/98371/bio

Lexi Thompson – 2015 Champion

In her amateur career, Lexi Thompson became the youngest person to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open in 2007 when she was just 12 years old. Thompson ranked No. 1 in the Women’s Amateur and Girl’s Junior Amateur by Golfweek in 2009 before turning professional in 2010. In 2011, she not only became the youngest professional to win on the Ladies European Tour, but also the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history after winning the Navistar LPGA Classic at 16 years, 7 months, and 8 days old. To date, she has competed in two Solheim Cups and UL International Crowns, along with the 2016 Rio Olympics, finished 45 times in the Top 10, and achieved seven LPGA Tour victories and one major. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/lexi-thompson/98184/bio.

Mirim Lee – 2014 Champion

Mirim Lee began playing golf at the age of 11. She began her professional career in 2009 and played on the KLPGA's developmental tour. Lee won her first KLPGA victory at the S-OIL Champions in 2012. In 2013, she broke the tournament scoring record, with a 61 in the third round, of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn Priority List Category for the 2014 season. In her rookie season, Lee became a Rolex First-Time Winner with her playoff win at the 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. This season, Lee won her third win on tour with her victory at the 2017 Kia Classic in March. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.lpga.com/players/mirim-lee/98054/bio

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.