Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk Registration Now Open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 31, 2016) – The Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® will once again bring the community together by featuring fun yet competitive challenges for the community, families, individuals and members of the media while benefitting the Meijer Simply Give program.

The race will be powered by Gazelle Sports, and will start at 8 a.m. June 18 at Rockford High School. Each participant will receive a Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk shirt, a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s®, and two daily tickets to the golf tournament, valid for any one day admission Tuesday through Sunday.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give offers something for everyone,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “The race is a great way to engage the entire Grand Rapids community while ultimately increasing awareness around hunger in the communities where our customers and team members work and live. Whether you are walking, running, or competing with a team, everyone can join us in this race against hunger.”

Additionally, the Meijer healthy living advisors and experts have teamed up with Gazelle Sports to build training programs for participants to use in preparation for the run.

Community 5k Run & Walk

The cost to participate is $15 per person, ages 17 and under, and $25 per person, ages 18 and older. Strollers are welcome at the event.

The top three runners in each age group will receive $500, $250, and $100 in Meijer gift cards, respectively.

Community Challenges

The cost to participate is $150 per team. The top five finishers in each team will be scored.

  • Community: Local corporations, community organizations, families and schools throughout Grand Rapids are encouraged to put together a team of five to 10 runners.
  • Media: Meijer will donate the entry fees for up to five teams of members of the media. Each team must include five to 10 runners.

Winners of the team challenges will receive a $1,000 donation to the Meijer Simply Give program in their team’s name.

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. 

Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft Raised $750,000 to Feed Hungry Families

Memorable week of golf raises funds for Meijer Simply Give program to restock Midwest food pantries

Representatives with the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft today deemed the second annual tournament a success with a $750,000 donation to the retailer’s Simply Give program, which advances its mission of helping Midwest food pantries restock their shelves and improve the quality of life within the region. American LPGA professional Lexi Thompson of Coral Springs, Fla. took home the trophy at the LPGA Tour event, which took place at Blythefield Country Club July 23-26, but the real winners are the families who will benefit from the donation.

“Thanks to the great weather and enthusiastic crowds, the second annual Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft was a complete success and will continue improving the quality of life in the Midwest,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “Everyone who has supported the tournament has helped make a difference because this week was about more than world-class golf. It was an opportunity for the entire community to come together to have fun while supporting a very important cause – feeding the hungry.” 

While attendance figures are not yet available, representatives said the tournament continued to exceed expectations.

Meijer began its Simply Give program in November 2008 and has since generated more than $16 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 $750,000 donation will be divided among the retailer’s estimated 200 food pantry partners participating in the fall Simply Give campaign, which runs through Sept. 12.

“We receive about two-third of our funding for food purchases through the Meijer Simply Give program,” said Mark Tallis, of the Holt Community Food Bank. “We appreciate Meijer for having the Simply Give program because it gives us the ability to help our families with more food and keep them stable so that the children in our community are not going hungry.”

To participate in the Simply Give 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. Meijer will stretch every customer’s donation further during Double Match Days Sept. 3-5 in recognition of Hunger Action Month. That means for every $10 donation card purchase, Meijer will contribute $20, resulting in a total $30 donation.

A crowd of enthusiastic fans lined the ropes at Blythefield Country Club July 23-26 to watch a competitive field of 144 world-class golfers play 72 holes of stroke play. Ultimately, Lexi Thompson claimed the title as the Meijer LPGA Classic champion, making this her fifth LPGA Tour victory. At age 12, she was the youngest golfer ever to qualify to play in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Thompson said it was important to start the tournament well.

“I knew I had to make birdies against everybody in the field basically with Lizette (Salas) and then Gerina (Piller) behind me, so I knew I had to make a lot of birdies out there and it’s always nice to start off with one,” Thompson said. 

Final Round Pairings

Tee   #1 8:00AM Lee-Anne Pace             South Africa              71-69-69 209 -4
Group #1   Jee Young Lee             South Korea               69-71-69 209 -4
                Mi Hyang Lee              South Korea               69-71-69 209 -4
Tee   #1 8:10AM Sakura Yokomine           Japan                     72-69-68 209 -4
Group #3   Sydnee Michaels           Upland, CA                71-70-68 209 -4
                Karine Icher              France                    70-71-68 209 -4
Tee   #1 8:20AM Cristie Kerr              Miami FL                  73-65-70 208 -5
Group #5   Christina Kim             San Jose CA               72-70-67 209 -4
                SooBin Kim                South Korea               70-72-67 209 -4
Tee   #1 8:30AM Sun Young Yoo             Seoul South Korea         73-66-69 208 -5
Group #7   Becky Morgan              Monmouth Wales            71-68-69 208 -5
                Azahara Munoz             Malaga Spain              70-69-69 208 -5
Tee   #1 8:40AM Jaye Marie Green          Boca Raton, FL            65-69-73 207 -6
Group #9   Min Lee                   Taoyuan County, Taiwan    70-71-67 208 -5
                Austin Ernst              Greenville, SC            70-70-68 208 -5
Tee   #1 8:50AM Amy Anderson              Oxbow, ND                 68-70-69 207 -6
Group #11   Jane Rah                  Torrance CA               66-72-69 207 -6
                Ilhee Lee                 Seoul South Korea         66-71-70 207 -6
Tee   #1 9:00AM Julieta Granada           Paraguay                  71-68-68 207 -6
Group #13   Eun-Hee Ji                South Korea               70-69-68 207 -6
                Danah Bordner             Indianapolis IN           70-68-69 207 -6
Tee   #1 9:10AM Kim Kaufman               Clark, SD                 68-67-71 206 -7
Group #15   Xi Yu Lin                 China                     71-70-66 207 -6
                Ju Young Park             South Korea               72-68-67 207 -6
Tee   #1 9:20AM Morgan Pressel            Boca Raton FL             71-66-69 206 -7
Group #17   Dori Carter               Valdosta GA               64-73-69 206 -7
                Lisa Ferrero              Lodi, CA                  70-66-70 206 -7
Tee   #1 9:30AM Q Baek                    South Korea               66-68-70 204 -9
Group #19   Pernilla Lindberg         Bollnas Sweden            70-66-69 205 -8
                Wei-Ling Hsu              Chinese Taipei            65-69-71 205 -8
Tee   #1 9:40AM Hee Young Park            South Korea               70-69-65 204 -9
Group #21   Inbee Park                Seoul South Korea         70-68-66 204 -9
                Brittany Lang             Mckinney TX               69-69-66 204 -9
Tee   #1 9:50AM Katie Burnett             Brunswick, GA             69-68-66 203 -10
Group #23   Gerina Piller             Roswell, NM               69-65-69 203 -10
                Alison Lee                Valencia, CA              67-66-70 203 -10
Tee   #1 10:00AM Brittany Lincicome        Seminole FL               70-68-65 203 -10
Group #25   So Yeon Ryu               South Korea               70-68-65 203 -10
                Caroline Masson           Germany                   69-69-65 203 -10
Tee   #1 10:10AM Lizette Salas             Azusa CA                  64-69-64 197 -16
Group #27   Kris Tamulis              Naples, FL                66-68-67 201 -12
                Lexi Thompson             Coral Springs, FL         69-64-68 201 -12
Tee   #10 8:00AM Pat Hurst                 Arizona                   68-71-70 209 -4
Group #2   Sarah Jane Smith          Caloundra Queensland      68-70-71 209 -4
                Katherine Kirk            Sunrise Beach, Australia  64-73-72 209 -4
Tee   #10 8:10AM Danielle Kang             Oak Park CA               70-72-68 210 -3
Group #4   Anna Nordqvist            Eskilstuna Sweden         72-69-69 210 -3
                Chella Choi               South Korea               71-69-70 210 -3
Tee   #10 8:20AM Juli Inkster              Los Altos CA              69-71-70 210 -3
Group #6   Brooke Pancake            Chattanooga, TN           68-71-71 210 -3
                Jodi Ewart Shadoff        North Yorkshire, England  70-68-72 210 -3
Tee   #10 8:30AM Alena Sharp               Hamilton, Canada          68-70-72 210 -3
Group #8   Katy Harris               Humble, TX                68-68-74 210 -3
                Haru Nomura               Kanagawa, Japan           72-70-69 211 -2
Tee   #10 8:40AM Jane Park                 Rancho Cucamonga CA       71-71-69 211 -2
Group #10   Belen Mozo                Spain                     68-74-69 211 -2
                Ha Na Jang                South Korea               71-68-72 211 -2
Tee   #10 8:50AM Jeong Eun Lee             South Korea               71-68-72 211 -2
Group #12   Min Seo Kwak              Seoul, South Korea        73-65-73 211 -2
                Sandra Gal                Cologne, Germany          73-69-70 212 -1
Tee   #10 9:00AM P.K. Kongkraphan          Thailand                  73-69-70 212 -1
Group #14   Ji Young Oh               South Korea               68-74-70 212 -1
                Mariajo Uribe             Bucaramanga, Colombia     72-69-71 212 -1
Tee   #10 9:10AM Giulia Sergas             Italy                     70-71-71 212 -1
Group #16   Joanna Klatten            France                    70-71-71 212 -1
                Demi Runas                Torrance, CA              70-70-72 212 -1
Tee   #10 9:20AM Sarah Kemp                Tuncurry Australia        67-71-74 212 -1
Group #18   Meena Lee                 South Korea               72-70-71 213 E
                Beatriz Recari            Pamplona, Spain           73-68-72 213 E
Tee   #10 9:30AM Sadena A Parks            Raleigh, NC               73-67-73 213 E
Group #20   Nannette Hill             Pelham Manor NY           70-70-73 213 E
                Minjee Lee                Australia                 70-68-75 213 E
Tee   #10 9:40AM Natalie Gulbis            Lake Las Vegas NV         75-67-72 214 1
Group #22   Simin Feng                Beijing, China            72-70-72 214 1
                Laetitia Beck             Caesarea, Israel          68-73-73 214 1
Tee   #10 9:50AM Tiffany Joh               San Diego CA              75-67-73 215 2
Group #24   Amelia Lewis              Jacksonville FL           73-69-73 215 2
                Jennifer Rosales          Philippines               70-72-73 215 2
Tee   #10 10:00AM Caroline Westrup          Sweden                    69-72-74 215 2
Group #26   Laura Diaz                Scotia NY                 73-68-77 218 5
                Jenny Gleason             Clearwater FL             70-72-77 219 6

 

Round Three Pairings

The third round of the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will now tee off at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. Players will tee off holes #1 and #10 at Blythefield Country Club in groups of three. Gates for general spectators will now open at 9:00 a.m., with shuttles beginning from Rockford High School at 8:45 a.m. 

 

Tee   #1 10:45AM Eun-Hee Ji                South Korea               70-69 139 -3
Group #1   Brooke Pancake            Chattanooga, TN           68-71 139 -3
                Pat Hurst                 Arizona                   68-71 139 -3
Tee   #1 10:55AM Jeong Eun Lee             South Korea               71-68 139 -3
Group #3   Azahara Munoz             Malaga Spain              70-69 139 -3
                Hee Young Park            South Korea               70-69 139 -3
Tee   #1 11:05AM Ha Na Jang                South Korea               71-68 139 -3
Group #5   Julieta Granada           Paraguay                  71-68 139 -3
                Becky Morgan              Monmouth Wales            71-68 139 -3
Tee   #1 11:15AM Sarah Kemp                Tuncurry Australia        67-71 138 -4
Group #7   Jane Rah                  Torrance CA               66-72 138 -4
                Sun Young Yoo             Seoul South Korea         73-66 139 -3
Tee   #1 11:25AM Amy Anderson              Oxbow, ND                 68-70 138 -4
Group #9   Alena Sharp               Hamilton, Canada          68-70 138 -4
                Sarah Jane Smith          Caloundra Queensland      68-70 138 -4
Tee   #1 11:35AM Minjee Lee                Australia                 70-68 138 -4
Group #11   Brittany Lang             Mckinney TX               69-69 138 -4
                Caroline Masson           Germany                   69-69 138 -4
Tee   #1 11:45AM Jodi Ewart Shadoff        North Yorkshire, England  70-68 138 -4
Group #13   Danah Bordner             Indianapolis IN           70-68 138 -4
                Inbee Park                Seoul South Korea         70-68 138 -4
Tee   #1 11:55AM Min Seo Kwak              Seoul, South Korea        73-65 138 -4
Group #15   Brittany Lincicome        Seminole FL               70-68 138 -4
                So Yeon Ryu               South Korea               70-68 138 -4
Tee   #1 12:05PM Dori Carter               Valdosta GA               64-73 137 -5
Group #17   Katherine Kirk            Sunrise Beach, Australia  64-73 137 -5
                Cristie Kerr              Miami FL                  73-65 138 -4
Tee   #1 12:15PM Morgan Pressel            Boca Raton FL             71-66 137 -5
Group #19   Katie Burnett             Brunswick, GA             69-68 137 -5
                Ilhee Lee                 Seoul South Korea         66-71 137 -5
Tee   #1 12:25PM Lisa Ferrero              Lodi, CA                  70-66 136 -6
Group #21   Pernilla Lindberg         Bollnas Sweden            70-66 136 -6
                Katy Harris               Humble, TX                68-68 136 -6
Tee   #1 12:35PM Jaye Marie Green          Boca Raton, FL            65-69 134 -8
Group #23   Wei-Ling Hsu              Chinese Taipei            65-69 134 -8
                Kim Kaufman               Clark, SD                 68-67 135 -7
Tee   #1 12:45PM Gerina Piller             Roswell, NM               69-65 134 -8
Group #25   Q Baek                    South Korea               66-68 134 -8
                Kris Tamulis              Naples, FL                66-68 134 -8
Tee   #1 12:55PM Lexi Thompson             Coral Springs, FL         69-64 133 -9
Group #27   Alison Lee                Valencia, CA              67-66 133 -9
                Lizette Salas             Azusa CA                  64-69 133 -9
Tee   #10 10:45AM Sadena A Parks            Raleigh, NC               73-67 140 -2
Group #2   Ju Young Park             South Korea               72-68 140 -2
                Chella Choi               South Korea               71-69 140 -2
Tee   #10 10:55AM Lee-Anne Pace             South Africa              71-69 140 -2
Group #4   Austin Ernst              Greenville, SC            70-70 140 -2
                Nannette Hill             Pelham Manor NY           70-70 140 -2
Tee   #10 11:05AM Demi Runas                Torrance, CA              70-70 140 -2
Group #6   Jee Young Lee             South Korea               69-71 140 -2
                Juli Inkster              Los Altos CA              69-71 140 -2
Tee   #10 11:15AM Mi Hyang Lee              South Korea               69-71 140 -2
Group #8   Beatriz Recari            Pamplona, Spain           73-68 141 -1
                Laura Diaz                Scotia NY                 73-68 141 -1
Tee   #10 11:25AM Anna Nordqvist            Eskilstuna Sweden         72-69 141 -1
Group #10   Sakura Yokomine           Japan                     72-69 141 -1
                Mariajo Uribe             Bucaramanga, Colombia     72-69 141 -1
Tee   #10 11:35AM Xi Yu Lin                 China                     71-70 141 -1
Group #12   Sydnee Michaels           Upland, CA                71-70 141 -1
                Karine Icher              France                    70-71 141 -1
Tee   #10 11:45AM Giulia Sergas             Italy                     70-71 141 -1
Group #14   Min Lee                   Taoyuan County, Taiwan    70-71 141 -1
                Joanna Klatten            France                    70-71 141 -1
Tee   #10 11:55AM Caroline Westrup          Sweden                    69-72 141 -1
Group #16   Laetitia Beck             Caesarea, Israel          68-73 141 -1
                Tiffany Joh               San Diego CA              75-67 142 E
Tee   #10 12:05PM Natalie Gulbis            Lake Las Vegas NV         75-67 142 E
Group #18   Amelia Lewis              Jacksonville FL           73-69 142 E
                Sandra Gal                Cologne, Germany          73-69 142 E
Tee   #10 12:15PM P.K. Kongkraphan          Thailand                  73-69 142 E
Group #20   Simin Feng                Beijing, China            72-70 142 E
                Haru Nomura               Kanagawa, Japan           72-70 142 E
Tee   #10 12:25PM Christina Kim             San Jose CA               72-70 142 E
Group #22   Meena Lee                 South Korea               72-70 142 E
                Jane Park                 Rancho Cucamonga CA       71-71 142 E
Tee   #10 12:35PM Amy Yang                  South Korea               70-72 142 E
Group #24   SooBin Kim                South Korea               70-72 142 E
                Jenny Gleason             Clearwater FL             70-72 142 E
Tee   #10 12:45PM Jennifer Rosales          Philippines               70-72 142 E
Group #26   Danielle Kang             Oak Park CA               70-72 142 E
Tee   #10 12:55PM Ji Young Oh               South Korea               68-74 142 E
Group #28   Belen Mozo                Spain                     68-74 142 E

The First Tee Junior Course Reporter, Pippa Gibson

First Tee 3Hello, I’m Pippa Gibson, a Junior Course Reporter for First Tee of West Michigan and I'm going to tell you about my experience with the Meijer LPGA Classic.

The LPGA stands for Ladies Professional Golf Association and it was founded in 1950. The LPGA is still going strong today as a non-profit organization. The Grand Rapids stop of the LPGA tour is sponsored by Meijer and Kraft, and money ​raised through Simply Give will be given to local food pantries. 

This year, the First Tee of West Michigan program asked me as well as two other First Tee participants to be Junior Course Reporters at the Meijer LPGA Classic. Our first story was at a special Media Day event in June. We each got to ask Brittany Lang a question! Unfortunately, Austin Ernst was also scheduled but her flight was cancelled and she couldn’t make it to the press conference. Meeting Brittany Lang was very cool.  She followed her dreams of joining the LPGA. Brittany is funny and kind, but also persistent.

She’s played the Solheim Cup three times. Brittany gets help from her brother Luke Lang, who is also her caddy. She told me that Luke “believe’s in me more than I believe in myself.” I was happy to meet her and glad that Brittany made it to the Meijer LPGA Classic Media Day.

On Tuesday July 21, I was a little nervous about the player press conferences at Blythefield Country Club, but luckily another First Tee reporter, Alex, was there and he had interviewed some players already. (Alex, Sophia and I were at the press conferences for Mirim Lee and on Wednesday for Liz Nagel, Inbee Park, and Morgan Pressel). After I watched Alex finish his interview I went with him to begin my interviews. The first golfer who was heading toward the driving range was Katy Harris. We told her we were reporters from the First Tee of West Michigan and asked her if we could ask her some questions. I asked her “What club do you think you need to improve on the most?” Katy told me, “My irons.” We said thank you and good luck, then left. That was how most our interviews went. One of the most interesting interviews was with “Q” Kyu-Jung Baek from Korea. She didn’t speak English but had her caddy translate into Korean for her. She told me she started playing professionally in Korea in the KLPGA, but this year is her rookie year in the LPGA!

Thursday I went to the #Swing Like A Girl golf clinic at Boulder Creek and met pro golfer Allison Duncan who helped us with our Photo Finish swings. She said I had a good finish! Here’s a photo of Allison Duncan my friend Abby.

I think the best part about being a First Tee Course Reporter was I felt like I was part of the LPGA, and it was exciting to walk around and be in the middle of the professional women golfers. We got to go behind the scenes! There was a lot of energy and everyone seemed happy to be playing. It made me realize that the players in the LPGA practice what First Tee teaches me, that perseverance and confidence will help me be a better player. I’m not sure I will ever be listed in the Player Guide, but it would be really cool if I was!

The First Tee Course Reporter, Alexander Karhunen

First Tee2My name is Alexander Karhunen, I am a Junior Reporter for the First Tee of West Michigan. Being a Junior Reporter I had the ability to witness what goes on during the practice days of the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic.Throughout the practice days there was a lot of action going on. I was able to interview many of the golfers, and I asked all of them the same question. “What is your main focus of practice to prepare for the upcoming tournament?” Here are what three of golfers said.

Tiffany Joh replied, “When you first get to a golf course its all about the speed of the greens.  You’re hitting a lot more of the longer lag putts, and that’s pretty much everybody’s top priority. Your long game is gonna be whatever you brought so that’s not going to change very much, but one thing you could definitely work on during the week and actually improve in your speed control on the greens.

Christine Meier said, “I think this week it’s going to be a lot of off the tee because it's really crucial that you hit the fairways. The rough is very thick and heavy, so if I hit the fairways it would be easier.” Christine Meier was also one of the two ladies who qualified from the Big Ten to play in the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Kim Kaufman said, “Right now I am focusing on hitting some wedges because I think this is a scoring golf course and if you a hit some good wedges on these par fives and make under par that can be very important.”

Not only was I able to interview golfers while they were practicing on the course, I was also able to attend some of the press conferences. I had the ability to talk to Inbee Park and Mirim Lee. I asked Inbee Park “Where do you spend most of your time on a practice day like today? For example the putting green, the course, or the driving range.”

Inbee Park replied “On a practice round I usually spend like thirty minutes on the range, and thirty minutes on the putting green, and then I try to play nine holes.”

I asked Mirim “What age did you start golfing and what made you like it so much that you ended up pursuing it as a career?”

Mirim Lee replied by saying, “I started at 12 years old and then my father was really, really, good so my reason is my father.

I was very lucky to have the opportunity to be the Junior Course Reporter at the Meijer LPGA Classic 2015, and get to meet some amazing golfers. On top of everything I learned from the golfers, I also got to see what goes on behind the scenes at golf tournaments like this one. I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of the tournament turns out!

The First Tee Course Reporter, Sophia Luciani

First Tee1Hi my name is Sophia Luciani, I am a Junior Course Reporter for The First Tee of West Michigan. As a Junior Course Reporter I was able to witness the behind the scenes action of the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic.

Monday didn’t consist of actual tournament play, but I was able to see some of the players practicing with their coaches one on one. I watched Belén Mozo and many others on the putting green and Christina Kim playing the course before the tournament. Many other players were playing the course in a qualifying round.

Tuesday there was a lot more action on the course. I interviewed many players asking them the same question, “ What part of your game are you most confident in for the upcoming tournament?” The answers were very similar in that most players answered putting, few said their strongest part was hitting off the tee. I was able to talk to many players, but the one that had the biggest impact on me was Paula Reto. Paula Reto, like me, didn’t start playing golf until her mid teens, but she was able to take that as an opportunity to become an amazing golfer and eventually play in the LPGA. Tuesday they also had a press conference with previous winner of the Meijer Classic, Mirim Lee. Mirim was asked many questions on how it felt to be back in Michigan after her win last year. She answered all her questions excellently explaining that she hopes she will have the chance to win again.

Wednesday, like Tuesday, was full of interviews and press conferences. Talking on Wednesday was Liz Nagel, Inbee Park, and Morgan Pressel. Liz Nagel previously played golf at Michigan State University and was super excited to play in her home state. She talked about how she'd played near here but never at Blythefield. Nagel says she is thrilled to be here and have a large crowd of friends and family cheering for her. Inbee Park was happy to be back in Michigan and excited to be able to play on this course again. " I really love the golf course here and I think it really suits my game," Park states," I had a great result here last year even though I lost the playoff." Morgan Pressel, like Nagel had a connection to Michigan. She was not born in Michigan but most of her summers were spent here. Pressel is excited about playing in Michigan where she grew up and learned the game of golf.

Being a Junior Course Reporter was a great opportunity and I am very fortunate to be involved. I am looking forward to seeing the tournament and cheering on the players.

Dates Announced for 2016 and 2017 Tournaments

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Mich. for the next two years. The tournaments will be held Father’s Day weekend on June 13-19, 2016 and June 12-18, 2017.

Proceeds from the tournaments and weeklong community events will continue to benefit the Meijer Simply Give program. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised more than $600,000 for the Simply Give program to feed those in need throughout the Midwest.

The second annual four-day tournament kicked off today and will run through July 26, featuring a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play.

2016 announcement

Pro-Am Results

1st: Inbee Park (52)

Aileen Musselman, Alison Duncan, John VanGessel, Michael Rotelle

 

2nd: Sarah Jane Smith (56 – scorecard playoff)

Joe Kocur, Rick Brown, Dan Pohl, Jack Doles

 

3rd: Chella Choi (56 – scorecard playoff)

Ryan Lopsiger, Matt Godbout, Morgan Lucas, Jack Carr

 

Long Drive

Men (#16): Gary Lewandowski

Women (#5): Joan Garety

 

Closest to the Pin (#2)

Mirim Lee Group

 

Closest to the Pin (#12)

Alison Lee Group

Round One Pairings

The first round of the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will tee-off on Thursday morning at 7:15 a.m. Players will tee off holes #1 and #10.  The Golf Channel will be covering the LPGA’s return to Michigan with coverage throughout the weekend at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Airtimes for the first round are 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Tee   #1 7:15AM Lisa McCloskey            Houston, TX              
Group #1   Moira Dunn                Utica NY                 
                Kim Williams              Bethesda MD              
Tee   #1 7:26AM Sandra Changkija          Orlando, FL              
Group #3   Jennifer Song             Ann Arbor, MI            
                Kelly Tan                 Malaysia                 
Tee   #1 7:37AM Dori Carter               Valdosta GA              
Group #5   Ji Young Oh               South Korea              
                Alison Walshe             Westford MA              
Tee   #1 7:48AM Belen Mozo                Spain                    
Group #7   Jaye Marie Green          Boca Raton, FL           
                Sarah Kemp                Tuncurry Australia       
Tee   #1 7:59AM Anna Nordqvist            Eskilstuna Sweden        
Group #9   Brittany Lincicome        Seminole FL              
                Sandra Gal                Cologne, Germany         
Tee   #1 8:10AM Azahara Munoz             Malaga Spain             
Group #11   Gerina Piller             Roswell, NM              
                Cristie Kerr              Miami FL                 
Tee   #1 8:21AM Lizette Salas             Azusa CA                 
Group #13   Alison Lee                Valencia, CA             
                So Yeon Ryu               South Korea              
Tee   #1 8:32AM Brittany Lang             Mckinney TX              
Group #15   Mirim Lee                 South Korea              
                Austin Ernst              Greenville, SC           
Tee   #1 8:43AM Nontaya Srisawang         Chaing Mai, Thailand     
Group #17   Thidapa Suwannapura       Thailand                 
                Alena Sharp               Hamilton, Canada         
Tee   #1 8:54AM Mina Harigae              Monterey CA              
Group #19   Jodi Ewart Shadoff        North Yorkshire, England 
                Kris Tamulis              Naples, FL               
Tee   #1 9:05AM Yueer Cindy Feng          Chang De, China          
Group #21   Paola Moreno              Cali Colombia            
                Ashleigh Simon            South Africa             
Tee   #1 9:16AM Laetitia Beck             Caesarea, Israel         
Group #23   *Kaitlin Park             Tustin, CA               
                Marina Alex               Wayne, NJ                
Tee   #10 7:15AM Katy Harris               Humble, TX               
Group #2   Kristy McPherson          Conway SC                
                Jee Young Lee             South Korea              
Tee   #10 7:26AM Simin Feng                Beijing, China           
Group #4   Marissa L Steen           Cincinnati, OH           
                Chie Arimura              Japan                    
Tee   #10 7:37AM Amy Anderson              Oxbow, ND                
Group #6   Kelli M Pry               Coatesville, PA          
                Amelia Lewis              Jacksonville FL          
Tee   #10 7:48AM Jane Rah                  Torrance CA              
Group #8   Caroline Westrup          Sweden                   
                Paz Echeverria            Santiago, Chile          
Tee   #10 7:59AM Sakura Yokomine           Japan                    
Group #10   Karine Icher              France                   
                Lorie Kane                Prince Edward Island Canada 
Tee   #10 8:10AM Ilhee Lee                 Seoul South Korea        
Group #12   Amy Yang                  South Korea              
                Beatriz Recari            Pamplona, Spain          
Tee   #10 8:21AM Moriya Jutanugarn         Thailand                 
Group #14   Ai Miyazato               Okinawa, Japan           
                Q Baek                    South Korea              
Tee   #10 8:32AM Jane Park                 Rancho Cucamonga CA      
Group #16   Ariya Jutanugarn          Bangkok, Thailand        
                Hee Young Park            South Korea              
Tee   #10 8:43AM Ryann O'Toole             California               
Group #18   Victoria Elizabeth        Dayton, OH               
                Katherine Kirk            Sunrise Beach, Australia 
Tee   #10 8:54AM Sarah Jane Smith          Caloundra Queensland     
Group #20   Nannette Hill             Pelham Manor NY          
                Birdie Kim                South Korea              
Tee   #10 9:05AM Therese Koelbaek          Copenhagen, Denmark      
Group #22   Kendall Dye               Edmond, OK               
                Brooke Pancake            Chattanooga, TN          
Tee   #10 9:16AM Jackie Stoelting          Vero Beach, FL           
Group #24   Giulia Sergas             Italy                    
                Wendy Doolan              Australia                
Tee   #1 12:15PM Danah Bordner             Indianapolis IN          
Group #25   Felicity Johnson          England                  
                Katie Burnett             Brunswick, GA            
Tee   #1 12:26PM Louise Stahle             Sweden                   
Group #27   Caroline Masson           Germany                  
                Eun-Hee Ji                South Korea              
Tee   #1 12:37PM Jenny Suh                 Fairfax VA               
Group #29   Maria Hernandez           Spain                    
                Jacqui Concolino          Orlando, FL              
Tee   #1 12:48PM Wei-Ling Hsu              Chinese Taipei           
Group #31   Jennifer Rosales          Philippines              
                Stephanie L Meadow        Jordanstown              
Tee   #1 12:59PM Sydnee Michaels           Upland, CA               
Group #33   Min Seo Kwak              Seoul, South Korea       
                Lee-Anne Pace             South Africa             
Tee   #1 1:10PM Pornanong Phatlum         Chaiyaphum Thailand      
Group #35   Sun Young Yoo             Seoul South Korea        
                Pat Hurst                 Arizona                  
Tee   #1 1:21PM Mi Hyang Lee              South Korea              
Group #37   Min Lee                   Taoyuan County, Taiwan   
                Mi Jung Hur               South Korea              
Tee   #1 1:32PM Kim Kaufman               Clark, SD                
Group #39   Jenny Shin                Torrence CA              
                Danielle Kang             Oak Park CA              
Tee   #1 1:43PM Julie Yang                Seoul, South Korea       
Group #41   Becky Morgan              Monmouth Wales           
                Paula Reto                Bloemfontein, South Africa 
Tee   #1 1:54PM Heather Bowie Young       Forth Worth TX           
Group #43   Laura Diaz                Scotia NY                
                Dewi Claire Schreefel     The Netherlands          
Tee   #1 2:05PM Marta Sanz Barrio         Spain                    
Group #45   Demi Runas                Torrance, CA             
                Rebecca Lee-Bentham       Toronto, Canada          
Tee   #1 2:16PM Cydney Clanton            Rockwell, NC             
Group #47   Kelly W Shon              Port Washington, NY      
                Meena Lee                 South Korea              
Tee   #10 12:15PM Xi Yu Lin                 China                    
Group #26   Tiffany Joh               San Diego CA             
                Haru Nomura               Kanagawa, Japan          
Tee   #10 12:26PM P.K. Kongkraphan          Thailand                 
Group #28   SooBin Kim                South Korea              
                Jenny Gleason             Clearwater FL            
Tee   #10 12:37PM Reilley Rankin            Hilton Head Island SC    
Group #30   Mallory Blackwelder       Versailles KY            
                Jennifer Kirby            Paris, Ont., Canada      
Tee   #10 12:48PM Elizabeth Nagel           Lansing, MI              
Group #32   Natalie Gulbis            Lake Las Vegas NV        
                Lisa Ferrero              Lodi, CA                 
Tee   #10 12:59PM Inbee Park                Seoul South Korea        
Group #34   Chella Choi               South Korea              
                Juli Inkster              Los Altos CA             
Tee   #10 1:10PM Morgan Pressel            Boca Raton FL            
Group #36   Lexi Thompson             Coral Springs, FL        
                Ha Na Jang                South Korea              
Tee   #10 1:21PM Pernilla Lindberg         Bollnas Sweden           
Group #38   Mariajo Uribe             Bucaramanga, Colombia    
                Julieta Granada           Paraguay                 
Tee   #10 1:32PM Christina Kim             San Jose CA              
Group #40   Angela Stanford           Saginaw, TX              
                Minjee Lee                Australia                
Tee   #10 1:43PM Karlin Beck               Montgomery, AL           
Group #42   Sophia Popov              Germany                  
                Joanna Klatten            France                   
Tee   #10 1:54PM Sadena A Parks            Raleigh, NC              
Group #44   *Cat Peters               Williamsville, NY        
                Candie Kung               Allen, Texas             
Tee   #10 2:05PM Jeong Eun Lee             South Korea              
Group #46   Christine Meier           Rochester Hills, MI      
                Ju Young Park             South Korea              
Tee   #10 2:16PM Jing Yan                  China                    
Group #48   Ayako Uehara              Japan                    
                Garrett Phillips          St. Simons Island, GA