LPGA returns to West Michigan for Meijer Classic


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The top woman golfers are back in West Michigan for the fifth annual Meijer LPGA Classic.

This year’s field is among the best yet: It includes seven of the top 10 money winners and all four previous winners of the Classic.

“It’s really exciting,” last year’s winner Brooke Henderson said of returning to Blythefield Country Club in Belmont. “You have so much energy coming here and reliving some of the shots you hit and some of the great memories that you have. The LPGA tour is so talented (that) I don’t expect to win again this year, but I’ll try really hard to do it again and we’ll see what happens.

The Classic comes with a number of side events, including two pro-ams. Tuesday’s was the celebrity pro-am at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada Township.

Among the big names participating was University of Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel, who’s still glowing about the return of coach John Beilein, who recently interviewed to coach the Detroit Pistons, to Michigan’s program.

“I’m just really happy that John’s back with us. It was something we went through, he wanted to go through, but I’m just so happy that he’s back,” Manuel said. “The success we have generated, that he’s generated: he’s the winningest coach in Michigan basketball history and I look forward to seeing him extend that number of wins for years to come.”

A few top players will play with amateurs Wednesday.

>>PDF: Pro-am tee times

Tournament play starts Thursday.

The Classic benefits Meijer’s Simply Give program, which backs Midwest food pantries.

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