Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft Expands Menu of Free Activities for Young Golf Fans

Junior golfers invited to participate in free weeklong activities

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 27, 2015) – The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft seeks to engage young golf fans by expanding its menu of free interactive and on-site activities.

“The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft is working diligently to engage families throughout the community,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “By offering a variety of youth programs, we feel that we are able to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for parents and youth alike.”

The Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic presented by Johnson & Johnson will take place at 1 p.m. July 22-24 at Boulder Creek Golf Course, 5750 Brewer Ave. NE, in Belmont, Mich. Youth, ages 17 years and under, are invited to participate in the free, two-hour clinics that will feature group instruction, activities, and games by LPGA professionals and local golf pros.

That age group will also receive free admission to the tournament, held July 23-26 at Blythefield Country Club with a ticketed adult.

Once at the tournament, youth will have access to the Meijer LPGA Kids Center presented by Dove when it’s open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22-26. The tent, located between holes 11 and 16, will features arts and crafts, golf activities, and LPGA player autograph sessions throughout the week.

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities– will benefit the Simply Give program. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised $600,000 for the Simply Give program to feed those in need.

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will host a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition July 21-26 at Blythefield Country Club.

Reserve a spot for the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic by registering online at meijerLPGAclassic.com.

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft or to volunteer, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

To view a video recapping the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com.

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

 

Contacts:

Lesley Baker, Tournament Director, Octagon

Lesley.Baker@octagon.com or 616-426-6225

Christina Fecher, Public Relations Manager, Meijer

Christina.Fecher@meijer.com or 616-735-7968

 

About Meijer Simply Give

Meijer is a family-owned retailer based in Grand Rapids, Mich. with a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves. Meijer operates more than 200 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. In 2014, Blythefield hosted the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org/.

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.lpga.com, www.facebook.com/LPGA, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/user/lpgavideo.

About Octagon Global Events

Octagon Global Events is a division of Octagon, the world’s largest sports and entertainment

representation and marketing agency. Octagon Global Events focuses on premium event/property

management, providing strategic corporate solutions. The division currently manages two Champions

Tour events, two LPGA Tour events and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. For more information, visit

http://www.octagonglobalevents.com/.

 

Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft

The 2015 Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft Pairs Chef Mario Batali with Returning Culinary Expert Gail Simmons 

Nationally-acclaimed celebrity chef Mario Batali and culinary expert Gail Simmons will participate in this year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft.

The entertaining and interactive cooking event will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and will showcase their personal culinary creations with event proceeds benefiting the Meijer Simply Give program, which replenishes the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest.  

Both Batali and Simmons will prepare an appetizer and main course while interacting with guests throughout the evening. The event will also feature local pastry fare that will be voted on by the guests.

A limited number of general public tickets are now on sale for $100 apiece. The ticket includes food, wine and a ticket to the golf tournament for the weekend.

“Grand Rapids is a city that is passionate about great food, which is why we think this specific event is such a highlight of tournament week,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “After the success of last year’s event, we are excited to open up more tickets to the general public while still maintaining the museum’s unique atmosphere.”

This year’s event will feature:

  • Mario Batali: He counts 26 restaurants, 10 cookbooks, numerous television shows and two Eataly marketplaces (with a third opening soon) among his ever-expanding empire of deliciousness. Batali appears daily on ABC’s “The Chew,” a daytime talk show on ABC that celebrates and explores life through food.
  • Gail Simmons: She is a trained culinary expert and judge on Bravo’s Emmy-winning series “Top Chef,” as well as head critic on “Top Chef Masters.” Since 2004, Simmons has been Special Projects Director at Food & Wine Magazine. She participated alongside Cat Cora and Carla Hall in last year’s Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be coming back to Grand Rapids,” Simmons said. “Last year, the community really embraced the inaugural event and its great cause. I’m so impressed and excited about what Meijer has done to raise awareness for their Simply Give program.”

 

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Meijer LPGA 5K Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s Registration Open

Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® Brings the Community Together with Multiple Challenges

 

The Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® seeks to bring the community together by featuring multiple competitive challenges for corporations, schools, members of the media, families and individuals.

The race will once again be powered by Gazelle Sports, and will start at 8 a.m. July 25 at Rockford High School. It will include a complimentary breakfast provided by Kellogg’s®. 

“The race is really another way to get the community involved with the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, and ultimately help increase awareness around hunger in the communities we serve,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “Tournament week will offer something for everyone, and this year we wanted to kick the race up a notch by incorporating fun, yet competitive challenges for the community.”

“The great thing about the Meijer LPGA 5k Run is you don’t have to be a professional athlete to take part. Anyone can run a 5k,” said Dathan Ritzenhein, a Rockford, Mich. native and professional long-distance runner who placed 7th in the 2015 Boston Marathon. “Building off the success of last year’s inaugural event, the 5k is a great way to get the whole family involved in a healthy lifestyle, receive free tickets to the tournament, and help feed those in need.”

Each participant will receive a Meijer LPGA 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s® shirt, and two daily tickets to the golf tournament, valid for any one day Tuesday through Sunday.

 

Community 5k Run & Walk

The cost to participate is $15 per person, ages 17 and younger, 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 on a team is $150 per team. The top five finishers in each team will be scored.

 

  • Corporate: Local corporations are encouraged to put together a team of five to 10 runners.
  • School: Meijer will donate the entry fees for up to 10 teams of high school students. Each team must include 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 community challenges will receive a $1,000 donation to the Meijer Simply Give program in their team’s name.

With Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer as the title sponsor, the driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament will coincide with the retailer’s Simply Give program, which has raised nearly $14 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008. Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament and each of the week’s festivities – including the 5k Run & Walk – will benefit the Simply Give program.

“As runners, we all understand the value of nutrition as it relates not only to our health, but our performance,” said Greg Meyer, a professional long-distance runner from Rockford, Mich. who won the Boston Marathon in 1983. “Helping to provide nutrition to families in need offers them a greater likelihood of being healthy and productive in the community. I hope all area runners and walkers will help support the Meijer Simply Give program by joining me and Dathan Ritzenhein in the Meijer LPGA 5k.”

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Meijer LPGA Community Concert presented by General Mills Announces Talent

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft has partnered with General Mills to provide a community concert featuring OneRepublic on July 25 at Van Andel Arena®, tournament officials announced today.

 

Fans will recognize OneRepublic’s hit, “Counting Stars,” which is the title track on their most recent album Native. Other notable tracks from Native include “Love Runs Out,” “I Lived,” and “If I Lose Myself.” 

 

“This year’s Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will once again bring top talent – on the stage and the golf course – to Grand Rapids,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “We are pleased to partner with General Mills once again this year, and believe the community will embrace the opportunity to hear the musical talents of OneRepublic.”

 

Concert tickets will go on sale in early May at meijerLPGAclassic.com and will start at $25 each.  Applicable ticket fees will apply. 

 

With Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer as the title sponsor, the driving mission of the tournament is focused on feeding the hungry and improving the quality of life within the region. The tournament will coincide with the retailer’s Simply Give program, which has raised nearly $14 million for food pantries across the Midwest since its inception in November 2008.

 

Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities including the community concert – will benefit the Simply Give program. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised $600,000 for the Simply Give program to feed those in need.

 

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will host a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition July 21-26 at Blythefield Country Club.

 

For more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft or to volunteer please visit meijerLPGAclassic.com

 

To view a video recapping the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-lpga-simply-give-video.

 

To view a video on the Meijer hunger relief efforts, including Simply Give, please visit http://newsroom.meijer.com/meijer-simply-give-video.

Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft Announces 2015 Dates

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After a successful inaugural tournament that generated $600,000 for food pantries across the Midwest, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will return to Grand Rapids in 2015 for another week of community events and the best women golfers in the world.

 

The tournament will be held July 21-26, 2015 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.

 

During the inaugural tournament Aug. 7-10, the crowds exceeded expectations with more than 40,000 spectators coming out for the week. Rookie superstar Mirim Lee claimed her first LPGA Tour victory with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff against fellow South Korean Inbee Park.

 

“The success of the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft greatly exceeded our expectations, and afforded us an unmatched opportunity to raise awareness and funding for hunger relief in the Midwest,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “The community really embraced this tournament, and we look forward to bringing another exciting event to them next year.”

 

The praise for the inaugural event didn’t stop at the monetary impact on the hungry; it made a tremendous impact on the LPGA professionals during their week in Grand Rapids.

 

Runner-up Inbee Park noticed the crowds cheering her on throughout the week.

 

“I was really surprised how they love golf here in Michigan and how supportive they were," Park said. "I'm very thankful that they are supporting golf and women's golf."

 

Stacy Lewis saw the value in adding locations like Grand Rapids to the LPGA schedule.

 

"I think just by the fans and all the crowds we've had this week, it shows that we need to be here," said Lewis, the No. 1 ranked player in the world during the Meijer LPGA Classic. "We had a great first year."

 

Some even spoke on the excitement for years to come.

 

"This was a first-class event," Suzann Pettersen said. "The venue, great golf course. I'm happy to be back here next year."

Final Round Results

MEIJER WINNER

Mirim Lee, 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft Champion

 

 

2014 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft
Final Tournament Summary
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Blythefield Country Club
Purse: $1,500,000.00
Par: 36 35 – 71  Yardage: 6414
POS NAME SCORES TOTAL TO PAR OFFICIAL MONEY
T1 Mirim Lee (WNR) 70-64-67-69 270 -14 $225,000
T1 Inbee Park 66-66-68-70 270 -14 $139,217
3 Suzann Pettersen 69-64-69-69 271 -13 $100,992
4 Haru Nomura 70-67-69-68 274 -10 $78,125
T5 Sandra Gal 65-72-72-66 275 -9 $52,465
T5 Amy Yang 68-67-72-68 275 -9 $52,465
T5 Line Vedel 68-69-68-70 275 -9 $52,465
8 Shanshan Feng 69-69-72-66 276 -8 $37,730
T9 Kris Tamulis 70-69-71-67 277 -7 $32,394
T9 Cristie Kerr 72-72-64-69 277 -7 $32,394
11 Stacy Lewis 70-72-70-66 278 -6 $28,582
T12 Ayako Uehara 72-68-70-69 279 -5 $22,993
T12 Lydia Ko 69-68-71-71 279 -5 $22,993
T12 Katie M. Burnett 71-68-68-72 279 -5 $22,993
T12 Paula Creamer 69-70-68-72 279 -5 $22,993
T12 Lee-Anne Pace 70-70-67-72 279 -5 $22,993
T12 Beatriz Recari 70-69-67-73 279 -5 $22,993
T18 Thidapa Suwannapura 71-73-72-64 280 -4 $17,561
T18 Xi Yu Lin 71-70-71-68 280 -4 $17,561
T18 Sydnee Michaels 69-70-70-71 280 -4 $17,561
T18 Azahara Munoz 68-70-71-71 280 -4 $17,561
T18 Gerina Piller 68-70-71-71 280 -4 $17,561
T23 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 69-73-69-70 281 -3 $15,397
T23 Giulia Molinaro 71-67-69-74 281 -3 $15,397
T25 Brittany Lincicome 74-70-70-68 282 -2 $13,758
T25 Lisa McCloskey 74-70-70-68 282 -2 $13,758
T25 Joanna Klatten 73-70-70-69 282 -2 $13,758
T25 Angela Stanford 73-70-69-70 282 -2 $13,758
T29 Anna Nordqvist 75-69-71-68 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Mariajo Uribe 70-74-71-68 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Brianna Do 69-71-74-69 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Karine Icher 69-73-72-69 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Amy Anderson 71-73-69-70 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Catriona Matthew 70-72-71-70 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Jane Rah 72-71-70-70 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Austin Ernst 72-72-68-71 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Jane Park 71-70-71-71 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Hee Young Park 70-71-70-72 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Dewi Claire Schreefel 71-72-68-72 283 -1 $10,048
T29 Katherine Kirk 67-70-73-73 283 -1 $10,048
41 Lexi Thompson 73-71-71-69 284 E $7,622
T42 Belen Mozo 70-72-75-68 285 1 $6,393
T42 Brooke Pancake 72-70-74-69 285 1 $6,393
T42 Christina Kim 74-70-71-70 285 1 $6,393
T42 Lorie Kane 70-73-71-71 285 1 $6,393
T42 Chie Arimura 72-69-72-72 285 1 $6,393
T42 Laura Davies 71-68-74-72 285 1 $6,393
T42 Jimin Kang 71-70-71-73 285 1 $6,393
T42 Tiffany Joh 70-70-71-74 285 1 $6,393
T50 Pat Hurst 72-72-72-70 286 2 $4,802
T50 Alena Sharp 70-72-74-70 286 2 $4,802
T50 Candie Kung 74-70-71-71 286 2 $4,802
T50 Caroline Masson 69-74-72-71 286 2 $4,802
T50 Danielle Kang 73-70-71-72 286 2 $4,802
T50 Jennifer Song 71-73-70-72 286 2 $4,802
T50 Lindsey Wright 69-75-69-73 286 2 $4,802
T50 Karrie Webb 71-70-70-75 286 2 $4,802
T58 Amelia Lewis 74-69-74-70 287 3 $3,907
T58 Nicole Jeray 72-70-74-71 287 3 $3,907
T58 Cydney Clanton 72-72-70-73 287 3 $3,907
T58 Paula Reto 72-71-71-73 287 3 $3,907
T62 Paula A Hurtado 74-68-75-71 288 4 $3,506
T62 Paola Moreno 70-74-73-71 288 4 $3,506
T62 Chella Choi 71-72-71-74 288 4 $3,506
T62 Jaye Marie Green 69-72-72-75 288 4 $3,506
T62 Dori Carter 70-73-67-78 288 4 $3,506
T67 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 70-71-75-73 289 5 $3,239
T67 Kristy McPherson 72-70-71-76 289 5 $3,239
T69 Katy Harris 68-73-78-71 290 6 $3,087
T69 Alejandra Llaneza 70-69-76-75 290 6 $3,087
71 Ilhee Lee 68-73-76-74 291 7 $3,011
  Julia Boland 72-73 145 CUT  
  Moriya Jutanugarn 74-71 145 CUT  
  Hanna Kang 70-75 145 CUT  
  Kim Kaufman 71-74 145 CUT  
  Sarah Kemp 76-69 145 CUT  
  Jennifer Kirby 74-71 145 CUT  
  Jessica Korda 75-70 145 CUT  
  Brittany Lang 72-73 145 CUT  
  Jee Young Lee 74-71 145 CUT  
  Ji Young Oh 72-73 145 CUT  
  Pornanong Phatlum 73-72 145 CUT  
  Jennifer Rosales 71-74 145 CUT  
  Ashleigh Simon 78-67 145 CUT  
  Christel Boeljon 73-73 146 CUT  
  Heather Bowie Young 72-74 146 CUT  
  Jacqui Concolino 73-73 146 CUT  
  Louise Friberg 73-73 146 CUT  
  Maria McBride 71-75 146 CUT  
  Giulia Sergas 73-73 146 CUT  
  Karin Sjodin 74-72 146 CUT  
  Alison Walshe 70-76 146 CUT  
  Caroline Westrup 73-73 146 CUT  
  Moira Dunn 75-72 147 CUT  
  Jennifer Johnson 75-72 147 CUT  
  Meena Lee 76-71 147 CUT  
  Pernilla Lindberg 72-75 147 CUT  
  Ai Miyazato 73-74 147 CUT  
  Sarah Jane Smith 72-75 147 CUT  
  Dottie Ardina 75-73 148 CUT  
  Mina Harigae 73-75 148 CUT  
  Stacey Keating 76-72 148 CUT  
  Sue Kim 72-76 148 CUT  
  P.K. Kongkraphan 76-72 148 CUT  
  Morgan Pressel 72-76 148 CUT  
  Reilley Rankin 73-75 148 CUT  
  Irene Coe 76-73 149 CUT  
  Mi Hyang Lee 74-75 149 CUT  
  Megan McChrystal 75-74 149 CUT  
  *Lindsey McPherson 73-76 149 CUT  
  Kayla Mortellaro 76-73 149 CUT  
  Ryann O'Toole 77-72 149 CUT  
  Natalie Sheary 75-74 149 CUT  
  Anya Alvarez 76-74 150 CUT  
  Silvia Cavalleri 74-76 150 CUT  
  Hee-Won Han 76-74 150 CUT  
  Felicity Johnson 74-76 150 CUT  
  Hannah Jun Medlock 76-74 150 CUT  
  Erica Popson 76-74 150 CUT  
  Jenny Suh 75-75 150 CUT  
  Kelly Tan 74-76 150 CUT  
  Marina Alex 77-74 151 CUT  
  Sandra Changkija 75-76 151 CUT  
  Laura Diaz 74-77 151 CUT  
  Katie Futcher 79-72 151 CUT  
  Dani Holmqvist 77-74 151 CUT  
  Birdie Kim 73-78 151 CUT  
  Paz Echeverria 79-73 152 CUT  
  Mi Jung Hur 75-77 152 CUT  
  Cindy LaCrosse 76-76 152 CUT  
  Carling Nolan 75-77 152 CUT  
  Maria Hernandez 77-76 153 CUT  
  Yueer Cindy Feng 78-76 154 CUT  
  Emma Jandel 77-77 154 CUT  
  Mindy Kim 76-78 154 CUT  
  Becky Morgan 75-79 154 CUT  
  Kathleen Ekey 74-81 155 CUT  
  Megan Grehan 75-81 156 CUT  
  Kim Williams 77-84 161 CUT  
  *Grace Choi 84-79 163 CUT  
  Michelle Wie     WD  
  Mo Martin 72   WD  
  Jean Bartholomew 79   DQ  

Growing the Game in Grand Rapids

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Meijer co-chairman Hank Meijer welcomed a group of 150 junior golfers to Boulder Creek Golf Club for the Meijer LPGA Junior Clinic presented by Johnson & Johnson. LPGA professional Kim Kaufman along with sponsor exemptions Grace Choi and Lindsey McPherson gave the kids some tips on improving their golf game. The children were able to get a hands on experience while visiting three stations to work on different golf techniques. To close out the afternoon, the junior golfers were shuttled to Blythefield Country Club to interact with players and watch them practice. 

Empowering Women

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More than 120 women participated in the Meijer LPGA Ladies Day presented by P&G today at Blythefield Country Club. LPGA players Laura Diaz and Morgan Pressel joined in on a panel discussion regarding empowering women to start the morning.T he group also enjoyed a walking clinic with professionals Azahara Munoz and Brittany Lang who shared a few golf pointers and tips. Other Ladies Day activities included an argyle painting lesson, photo booth, cooking demonstration and a “fanicure” station for the ladies to receive festive argyle manicures in the spirit of the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft.