LPGA tournament seeks volunteers


The Meijer LPGA Classic supports Meijer's hunger-relief program for food pantries, Simply Give. Courtesy Meijer

The Meijer LPGA Classic is searching for more than 700 volunteers to help put on the 2017 tournament.

The golf tournament, which supports Meijer’s Simply Give food pantry program, has opened registration for volunteers for the fourth-annual Meijer LPGA Classic from June 13-18 at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, just north of Grand Rapids.

“The support the community has shown this event the last three years is incredible,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “An event of this caliber requires an incredible commitment from our volunteers and staff, and we couldn’t do it without them.”


The fee to volunteer is $55 and includes the cost of two official tournament golf shirts, one tournament hat, four weekly grounds passes for friends and family, one ticket to the volunteer appreciation party and meals and beverages during scheduled shifts. Additionally, the volunteer badge is a valid grounds pass, providing access to the Grand Taste and tournament week parking.

Those interested in volunteering can register here.

When registering, volunteers will select their top three committee choices and will be assigned based on preference and availability.

“You don’t need to be an expert in golf to volunteer — anyone can help out,” said Cathy Cooper, tournament director, Meijer LPGA Classic.

There are a number of volunteer categories: ambassadors; caddie bar; carts and shuttles; driving range; floating marshal pool; Grand Taste; hole marshals; hospitality; media; player services; pro-am administration; pro-am operations; scoring central; scoring tents; standard bearers; supply distribution; television; tournament office; transportation; volunteer services; and walking scorers.

Meijer LPGA Classic

In its fourth year, the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play.

The tournament has been honored as the LPGA tour’s top event the past two years.

Proceeds from the four-day competition benefit the Meijer Simply Give program, which re-stocks the shelves of food pantries in the Midwest. To date, the tournament has generated more than $2.1 million for pantries in communities it serves.

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