Meijer LPGA Collegiate Invitational next week

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — In five weeks, the top female golfers in the world will begin arriving in West Michigan for the second annual LPGA Meijer Classic.

This year, there will be a tournament before the tournament to give college golfers the chance to win one of two spots to play alongside the LPGA pros.

The Meijer LGPA Collegiate Invitational will feature about 35 of the top players from 13 Midwest universities, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Davenport University. Several of the competing players are from West Michigan.

“We invited a couple of (college) players last year. We saw the community response to that and the excitement it created. And we just felt like the opportunity to hold this invitational, to offer a chance to all players from so many great schools from across the Midwest the right to come in a fill in those two spots was just to good of an opportunity to pass up. We’re really excited to welcome them out here,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said.

“I think that’s awesome. They did that at the Dallas tournament last year. I just think that’s so cool to give those girls and opportunity to play in such a great event, to get comfortable and meet the girls. I think it’s amazing — would have loved that when I was in college,” LPGA Tour pro Brittany Lang said. “It’s great. They’re going to qualify, play the course, and get a great experience for the week.”

The Meijer LPGA Classic is scheduled for July 20 to July 26 at Blythefield Country Club in unincorporated Belmont, north of Grand Rapids.

The Meijer LPGA Collegiate Invitational will be June 23 at Blythefield. The event will be free and open to the public.

The 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic raised $600,000 for Meijer’s Simply Give program which funds local food banks.

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