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.”

 

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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. 

Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft Final Field Announced

Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft Final Field Holds Nine of Top 10 Lady Professionals  

Names feature World No. 1 Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, and Michelle Wie

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 31, 2014) – Blythefield Country Club will host the biggest names in female golf as the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft kicks off next week.

 

The list of impressive professionals is highlighted with commitments from the No. 1 female golfer in the world, Stacy Lewis, the rookie superstar, Lydia Ko, recent U.S. Women’s Open Champion Michelle Wie, and renowned players such as Paula Creamer and Lexi Thompson. 

 

The Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft will set the bar high in its first year with nine out of the Top 10 LPGA professionals confirmed. For many of the women, this will be their first LPGA tournament in Michigan since the Oldsmobile Classic in East Lansing. 

 

“The field has shaped up nicely and we are excited to showcase Blythefield Country Club and all the Grand Rapids area has to offer,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said.  “This community has been incredibly supportive from the start and we know the players will feel the same hospitality.”

 

With a talent-packed field, and special events throughout the week, the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft has something for the entire family. General parking will be at Fifth Third Ballpark, with complimentary shuttles running throughout the day. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) parking will be at Rockford High School, with complimentary shuttles taking attendees to the course.

 

For a full schedule, tickets, or more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft please visit www.meijerlpgaclassic.com or call 616-426-6220.

 

 

FINAL FIELD 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft 
Marina Alex
Anya Alvarez
Amy Anderson
Chie Arimura
Christel Boeljon
Julia Boland
Heather Bowie Young
Katie Burnett
Dori Carter
Silvia Cavalleri
Sandra Changkija
Chella Choi
Grace Choi (a) *
Cydney Clanton
Irene Coe
Jacqui Concolino
Paula Creamer
Laura Davies
Laura Diaz
Brianna Do
Moira Dunn
Paz Echeverria
Kathleen Ekey
Victoria Elizabeth
Austin Ernst
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Veronica Felibert
Shanshan Feng
Yueer Cindy Feng
Louise Friberg
Katie Futcher
Sandra Gal
Jaye Marie Green
Megan Grehan
Hee-Won Han
Mina Harigae
Katy Harris
Maria Hernandez
Dani Holmqvist
Mi Jung Hur
Pat Hurst
Karine Icher
Emma Jandel
Nicole Jeray
Tiffany Joh
Felicity Johnson
Jennifer Johnson
Hannah Jun Medlock
Moriya Jutanugarn
Lorie Kane
Danielle Kang
Hanna Kang
Jimin Kang
Kim Kaufman
Stacey Keating
Sarah Kemp
Cristie Kerr
Birdie Kim
Christina Kim
Mindy Kim
Sue Kim
Jennifer Kirby
Katherine Kirk
Joanna Klatten
Lydia Ko
P.K. Kongkraphan
Jessica Korda
Candie Kung
Cindy LaCrosse
Brittany Lang
Ilhee Lee
Jee Young Lee
Meena Lee
Mi Hyang Lee
Mirim Lee
Rebecca Lee-Bentham
Amelia Lewis
Stacy Lewis
Xi Yu Lin
Brittany Lincicome
Pernilla Lindberg
Alejandra Llaneza
Mo Martin
Caroline Masson
Catriona Matthew
Maria McBride
Megan McChrystal
Lisa McCloskey
Kristy McPherson
Lindsey McPherson (a) *
Sydnee Michaels
Ai Miyazato
Giulia Molinaro
Paola Moreno
Becky Morgan
Kayla Mortellaro
Belen Mozo
Azahara Munoz
Haru Nomura
Anna Nordqvist
Ryann O'Toole
Ji Young Oh
Lee-Anne Pace
Brooke Pancake
Hee Young Park
Inbee Park
Jane Park
Suzann Pettersen
Pornanong Phatlum
Gerina Piller
Erica Popson
Morgan Pressel
Jane Rah
Reilley Rankin
Beatriz Recari
Paula Reto
Jennifer Rosales
Dewi Claire Schreefel
Giulia Sergas
Alena Sharp
Ashleigh Simon
Karin Sjodin
Sarah Jane Smith
Jennifer Song
Angela Stanford
Jenny Suh
Thidapa Suwannapura
Jaclyn Sweeney
Kris Tamulis
Kelly Tan
Victoria Tanco
Lexi Thompson
Ayako Uehara
Mariajo Uribe
Line Vedel
Alison Walshe
Karrie Webb
Caroline Westrup
Michelle Wie
Lindsey Wright
Amy Yang
Sun Young Yoo

Holding spots:

Qualifier (2)

* Sponsor invite

(a) Amateur


ALTERNATES
1. Dottie Ardina
2. Natalie Sheary
3. Wendy Ward
4. Kim Williams
5. Jean Bartholomew
6. Jamie Hullett
7. Ashli Bunch

Meijer Sponsor Exemptions go to MSU and UofM Golfers

Michigan State University, University of Michigan Golfers to Compete in Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft

College athletes awarded sponsor exemptions from Meijer to enter into the professional field

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (July 28, 2014)  Meijer awarded two golfers from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan sponsor exemptions into the field of professionals playing in the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, which will be held Aug. 4-10 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.

 

 

 

Lindsey McPherson, of Michigan State University, and Grace Choi, of the University of Michigan, will compete alongside the best female golfers in the world.

 

 

 

“We are pleased to invite Lindsey and Grace to play in their first LPGA Tour event,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said. “We hope that by providing this opportunity, we’re helping them to grow in their careers if they choose to join the professional ranks. As a company focused on our community, we are also very excited to bring local talent to the field of professionals.”

 

 

McPherson, a Flushing, Mich. native, started playing golf competitively at age 15, and is entering her senior year at MSU after competing in a career-high seven tournaments this past season. She recently tied a career-best ninth at the Big Ten Championships to help lead the Spartans to their third Big Ten title in four years.

 

 

 

“When my coach, Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, first started telling me about the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, I thought she was asking to see if I wanted to go help out or go watch the tournament, because it would be a great event,” McPherson said. “When she said I was actually going to be playing in the field as a sponsor exemption from Meijer, it was unbelievable. I’m incredibly excited and want to thank everyone at Meijer for this amazing opportunity to be able to represent Michigan State and my family at a professional tournament playing the game that I love.”

 

 

Choi, who will be a sophomore at U-M in the fall, had a stellar performance on the golf team this past year. She was presented the team award for low scoring average and was also named Big Ten Golfer of the Week this past March. She ended the season averaging 75.64 strokes per round, which was a U-M freshman record.

 

 

 

“I’m so thankful for the wonderful opportunity Meijer has given me with their generous exemption into their event,” said Choi, of Dallas, Texas. “It has been a dream of mine since I was little to play on the LPGA and compete with the best players in the world. I’m really looking forward to learning from the best and proudly representing the University of Michigan.”

 

 

 

To learn more about the players and the significance of this honor, view a video that features McPherson and Choi on the course. In addition, please visit the Meijer Newsroom for more information on the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, including sharable photos.

Each title sponsor of an LPGA event is able to award sponsor exemptions into the tournament. Meijer awarded McPherson and Choi last week with certificates into the field of professionals. The $1.5 million 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.

 

 

“We know these ladies have great careers ahead of them – both on and off the field – and we’re thrilled to have them play in the tournament this year,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “Giving these local amateurs a chance to prove themselves on the biggest stage is great, not only for the players, but also for the fans and the community.”

 

 

Fans can cheer these hometown favorites on in the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. Tickets are still available via the website www.MeijerLPGAClassic.com. The event will offer a family-friendly atmosphere with events for everyone in addition to world-class golf. 

Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft

Three nationally-acclaimed celebrity chefs – Cat Cora, Carla Hall and Gail Simmons – will participate in the Meijer LPGA Celebrity Chef Cookoff presented by Kraft, a friendly competition and the latest community event added to the weeklong LPGA Tour stop in Grand Rapids next month.

The fun and interactive cooking event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and will showcase the chefs’ elegant culinary creations with event proceeds benefiting the Meijer Simply Give program, which replenishes the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest.   

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

“We are excited about this event, and what each of these chefs will bring to Grand Rapids – entertainment, and passion for cooking and community support,” Tournament Director Lesley Baker said. “We think the community will appreciate the opportunity to support such a worthwhile program like Simply Give.”

The three celebrity chefs in attendance this year are:

·         Cat Cora: She was the first female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Since then, Cora has continued to evolve her craft to become an accomplished author, restaurateur, contributing editor, avid philanthropist and television host.

·         Carla Hall: She is a co-host of ABC Daytime’s lifestyle series, “The Chew.” Hall is best known as a competitor and fan favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” where she won over audiences with her philosophy to always cook with love.

·         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.

Each celebrity chef will prepare a unique menu, which will include an appetizer, main course and a dessert. A panel of judges made up of a local celebrity, and Meijer, LPGA and Kraft representatives will determine the winner.

The tournament will make a donation to the four local food pantries of the winning chef’s choice.

The event will also be interactive with the celebrity chefs located at stations to greet guests, explain the courses, answer guest questions and share food samples.

“The Grand Rapids area has an appreciation for food, and we think this event is a great way to pair world-class culinary creations and great entertainment with a cause that does so much good within Meijer communities,” said Randy Stewart, group vice president of foods for Meijer.