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Meijer cancels LPGA Classic but remains committed to future tournaments

mlive.com — Steve Kaminski mlive.com

May 20--Meijer officials have cancelled the 2020 Meijer LPGA Classic, adding that it will return in June of 2021.

The tournament, originally scheduled for June, was tentatively rescheduled for Oct. 1-4 at Blythefield Country Club before ultimately making the final decision to cancel. The cancellation will allow for the ShopRite LPGA Classic, originally scheduled for May in Galloway, N.J., to move forward in October.

“Meijer is committed to supporting our communities and the seventh Meijer LPGA Classic will be no exception once the time is right,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We know this event is an annual tradition for many families here in West Michigan, and while we are disappointed that this summer will feel different without it, we plan to continue supporting the community through this tournament in years to come.”

The 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic will be held June 7-13. Meijer also has extended its relationship with the LPGA beyond 2021 with details to follow in the future.

“We were all looking forward to the sense of community this tournament offers, but this year’s event could not provide the quality of experience and, most importantly, safety, that our golfers, volunteers, spectators and staff have come to expect from us,” Meijer LPGA Classic Executive Director Cathy Cooper said. “This was a difficult decision, but we are excited to bring the LPGA’s best tournament for families and foodies back to West Michigan next year bigger than ever before.”

Spectators who already purchased tickets to the tournament, and all its supporting events like the three-day Grand Taste Experience and the 5k Run & Walk presented by Kellogg’s, will receive a full refund. Volunteer fees will also be refunded.

All refunds will be automatically processed; no action is needed for the refund process to begin. Please allow up to 15 business days for the refund to process. If you have any questions, please email meijerlpgaclassic@octagon.com.

The Meijer LPGA Classic hosts a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that stocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. The 2019 tournament alone raised $1.1 million for local food pantries through Simply Give. In total, the six tournaments have generated more than $5.2 million for the Meijer Simply Give program.

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