BELMONT, Mich. (WOOD) — The top women golfers in the world are back in West Michigan for the Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club.
While the first round of tournament play doesn’t start until Thursday, there’s plenty happening in the two days leading up to it, including Tuesday’s Celebrity Pro-Am at Egypt Valley Country Club.
The field was full of big names from the sports world. Former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard, ESPN anchor Trey Wingo, and former Tiger great and World Series Champion Lou Whitaker were just a few of the dozens of high profile people out on the course.
“It’s always fun just to, you know, talk a little trash, have a little fun, and sort of reminisce about the old days,” Whitaker told 24 Hour News 8 before teeing off.
East Grand Rapids native and current Red Wing Luke Glendening also returned to West Michigan for the event. Before hitting the course, Glendening signed autographs for fans.
“I’m very humbled to be here, obviously. I don’t know if I deserve to be here with some of the people that are here, but it’s great to be back. Always a pleasure,” Glendening said.
Joining them on the green was 24 Hour News 8 Sports Director Jack Doles and Daybreak anchor Casey Jones.
Fortunately for some, the numbers on the scorecard didn’t matter Tuesday. What organizers are tracking is ticket sales, which benefit Meijer’s Simply Give – a program to stock local food pantries.
“Anything I can do to help give back to any sort of community or any sort of people in need, I’m happy to do it,” Wingo told 24 Hour News 8. “I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do for a living, so this is literally, literally the least someone in my shoes can do.”
The LPGA’s Morgan Pressel traded golf clubs for grocery bags Tuesday afternoon. The golf pro helped carry out groceries for customers at the Knapps Corner Meijer. As part of Pressel’s grocery run, Meijer will make a donation to Simply Give in customer’s names.
In the last two years, the Meijer LPGA Classic has raised more than $1.3 million for Simply Give.
WHAT FANS NEED TO KNOW
The easiest way to purchase tickets is online at meijerlpgaclassic.com. A daily ticket costs $10 and weekly tickets are $25.
Military members and their families get in free with a valid military ID. Dads who bring their kids on Father’s Day also will get in free.
General parking will be at Rockford High School on Kroes Street in Rockford. Shuttles will drive fans to the club from there.
Fans visiting from downtown Grand Rapids can take a free shuttle from the MLive Building on Monroe Avenue NW. The shuttle runs from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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