Brooke Henderson poses with the trophy of the Meijer LPGA Classic after claiming the golf tournament by shooting a 21-under-par. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
GRAND RAPIDS - Despite a slow start due to heavy rains, the sixth annual Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give concluded, Sunday, June 16, with a win by Canada’s Brooke Henderson and a donation commitment of $1.1 million to the retailer’s Simply Give program that stocks the shelves of its food pantry partners across the Midwest. Henderson was the tournament’s 2017 champion.
“The Meijer LPGA Classic has made an incredible impact on our hungry neighbors. Thanks to the ongoing support from our community, we exceeded our $1 million goal for this year’s tournament,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “It was a meaningful end to a fun-filled week that kept us on our toes thanks to Mother Nature.”
The $1.1 million donation will be divided among the retailer’s 246 food pantry partners participating in the spring Simply Give campaign, which ended today.
“There are hard-working people in our community who cannot afford to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for their children. They’re forced to make difficult choices every day,” said Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director of North Kent Connect. “Because of the Meijer Simply Give program, we can ease the burden of our working families and seniors. We can provide healthy, wholesome fresh fruits and vegetables so our clients and children can get the proper nutrition they need to succeed in school and in life. Thank you, Meijer, for this gift that has a ripple effect across the entire community.”
A crowd of enthusiastic fans braved the rainy, overcast skies and lined the ropes at Blythefield Country Club June 11-16 to watch a competitive field of 144 world-class golfers play 72 holes of stroke play. Ultimately, Brooke Henderson shot 21 under par to claim the title as Meijer LPGA Classic champion. It’s the second time she won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Father’s Day.
“It’s really special. I’m so happy that both my mom and my dad can be out here to watch my sister and I win this. It’s always special when they’re here, especially on Father’s Day,” said Henderson following the tournament. “I think it's so important and congratulations to Meijer for all the amazing work that they have done, and the amount of money that they've raised, like $48 million over the last years, it's just incredible. To be a small part of that with the LPGA Tour girls and make sure we're helping out in the community just a little bit, and they're taking huge steps to try to improve the community and help people in it, I think it's just incredible and I'm just happy to be a part of it.”
Brooke Henderson hugs her sister Brittany, who also serves as her caddy, after claiming the Meijer LPGA Classic. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory
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