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Midwestern superstore retailer Meijer aims to engage young golf fans by expanding the menu of free interactive and on-site activities at its annual event, presented by Kraft.
"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 July 22-24 at Boulder Creek Golf Course in Belmont, Mich. Youths up to age 17 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. The Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition
Once at the tournament, youths will have access to the Meijer LPGA Kids Center, presented by Dove, featuring 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.
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer operates more than 200 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.