College players compete for sponsor exemption into Meijer LPGA Classic this weekend, June 23rd.

Media_Default_LPGA_Meijer-LPGA-1034Five weeks left until the top female golfers in the world begin arriving in West Michigan for the second annual LPGA Meijer Classic.

This year, there will be a tournament before the tournament to give college golfers the chance to win a spot to play alongside the LPGA pros.

Nearly 40 competitors from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Wisconsin Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Northwestern and Davenport universities will play one round on June 23 at Blythefield Country Club for two sponsor exemption spots into the LPGA event July 20-26.

LPGA chief communications officer Kraig Kann said it’s important to give college stars the chance to see what the big league feels like.

“We invited a couple of (college) players last year. We saw the community response to that and the excitement it created. And we just felt like the opportunity to hold this invitational, to offer a chance to all players from so many great schools from across the Midwest the right to come in a fill in those two spots was just to good of an opportunity to pass up. We’re really excited to welcome them out here,” Meijer President J.K. Symancyk said.

“I just think that’s so cool to give those girls and opportunity to play in such a great event, to get comfortable and meet the girls. I think it’s amazing — would have loved that when I was in college,” LPGA Tour pro Brittany Lang said.

The Meijer LPGA Classic is scheduled for July 20 to July 26 at Blythefield Country Club in unincorporated Belmont, north of Grand Rapids. The Meijer LPGA College Invitational will be held next week at Blythefield.

The 2014 Meijer LPGA Classic raised $600,000 for Meijer’s Simply Give program which funds local food banks.

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