Golf tournament wins national awards

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Fans watch a golfer tee off at the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club. Courtesy Meijer

A professional women’s golf tournament won two Gold Driver Awards.

The 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give was named the Most Family Friendly and the Best “Foodie” Experience on Tour at the Gold Driver Awards hosted by the LPGA tournament partners.

“We are honored to receive these prestigious awards, which ultimately belong to the community,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “The Meijer LPGA Classic has grown to what it is today thanks to the tremendous community support. This recognition is a testament to the community, our volunteers and the significant amount of work we have put into this event over the past six years. We look forward to showcasing another premier event this year that supports our Simply Give program.”

The three-judge panel named the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give the Most Family Friendly event because of its Discovery Land, which doubled in size — 4,300 square feet — to incorporate more toys and activities for kids. It also was recognized for its first-in-the-nation family care area, called The Kimberly Clark Family Care Area. The facility is designated for nursing mothers and parents.

Meijer LPGA’s Grand Taste Experience was selected as the Best “Foodie” Experience. Grand Taste features dozens of local restaurants, breweries, Meijer vendors and foods.

“The Grand Taste and the Discovery Land are events unlike anything else on tour,” said Cathy Cooper, executive director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “They draw families and foodies to the course to not only enjoy world-class golf but an experience everyone can enjoy. We are thankful to our partners who help us bring these ideas to life for the community.”

The 2020 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 8-14 at Blythefield Country Club.

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