Belmont, MI (WZZM) - Professional golf is coming back to West Michigan.
In August, 2014 the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will present the first of what they hope are many Meijer Classic Tournaments at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont.
"I think we will definitely get all the top players here," says tournament director Leslie Baker. "I think Blythefield was an excellent choice because their members are so supportive of this event."
The top 144 women golfers in the world will compete for $1.5 million in prize money.
"I think it's fantastic," says Blythefield member Bob Tidey. "It's a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our great club."
The money raised during the tournament will support the Meijer "Simply Give" program, which has already distributed millions of dollars to support west Michigan food banks.
Local businesses also expect to benefit. Organizers say similar tournaments in other cities bring in 4 to 7 million in additional revenue.
"This stuff is always awesome for the community," says Reds On The River executive Chef Glenn Forgie. "They make the restaurants, the hotels and the stores busy."
The tournament will run from August 7-10. The Golf Channel Network is expected to broadcast the 4 days of competition.