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LPGA tournament coming to West Michigan

8:17 PM, Nov 8, 2013   |    comments
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ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- The top female golf players in the nation are coming to the Grand Rapids area to compete.

On Friday, the Ladies Professional Golf Association announced plans for the inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic, which will be held next August at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont.

The $1.5 million competition will pit 144 players against each other for 72 holes played over four days. The tournament marks the LPGA Tour's first stop in Michigan since 2000.

The tournament will focus on feeding the hungry as part of Meijer's Simply Give program. The Meijer LPGA Classic will take place August 7 through August 10, 2014.

Blythefield County Club in Belmont will host the event. Patti Butcher is the Director of Golf and Club Operations at Blythefield and was 2010 LPGA National Golf Professional of the Year. Blythefield hosted prestigious golf events in 1953, 1961, and 2005.

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