The top women's golfers in the world are coming to Grand Rapids in August.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association and Blythefield County Club today announced the dates for the Meijer LPGA Classic. Ricki Lanski of the LPGA tells WOOD Radio August 7 thru 10, the biggest names in women's golf will be in town.
"We will have a $1.5 million dollar purse here and it will be the week before a major. It will be a great one-two punch."
Meijer is the title sponsor with the focus on Meijer's Simply Give food program. The tournament will coincide with Meijer's Simply Give program, which has generated more than $6.5 million dollars, or nearly 39 million meals for food pantries in the community it serves.
Lanski says the Meijer LPGA Charity Classic will lure golf fans from all over the midwest to Grand Rapids, while millions more will get a close-up look at Grand Rapids and Blythefield County Club on television.
"We will be on the Golf Channel for four days, Thursday thru Sunday. It will both national and international. We will be in over 170 countries."
The LPGA returns to Michigan for the first time since 2000 when the Oldsmobile Classic ended its run in East Lansing.
Lanski says west Michigan is blessed with many championship-quality golf courses, but the 85 year old Blythefield Country Club was the best fit for the ladies of the LPGA.
"I think our players will be challenged. I think it is a fair golf course. The length of the golf course is perfect for our players."