July 28, 2014
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's golf sophomore Grace Choi (Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson HS) is one of two recipients of Meijer's title sponsor exemptions, allowing her to compete among the field of professionals at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft, Aug. 4-10, at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids.
"I'm so thankful for the wonderful opportunity Meijer has given me with their generous exemption into their event," said Choi. "It has been a dream of mine since I was little to play on the LPGA and compete with the best players in the world. I'm really looking forward to learning from the best and proudly representing the University of Michigan."
The 144-player field will feature some of the top pros on the LPGA Tour competing over 72 holes for a $1.5 million purse in the four-day event that will begin Thursday, Aug. 7. After setting a U-M freshman scoring record with a team-best average of 75.64 strokes per round last season, Choi was asked to represent U-M by head coach Jan Dowling.
"Our entire Michigan Athletics team is thrilled for this opportunity for Grace. Meijer has been a tremendous partner in our community and they really value the student-athlete experience," said Dowling. "Grace is going to have a tremendous opportunity, which is going to allow her to grow as a competitive golfer. Experiencing the LPGA, golf's highest level of women's golf, is going to be a thrill for her and our team, and we cannot thank Meijer enough for this great opportunity."
The tournament marks the LPGA's first stop in the state of Michigan since 2000 and brings an annual event to the state's Lower Peninsula for the first time since the 2009 PGA Buick Open was played in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Blythefield, which has hosted such prestigious events as the 1953 Western Amateur and the 1961 Western Open won by Arnold Palmer, has been providing West Michigan with one of the state's most beautiful championship layouts since 1928. More recently, Rickie Fowler won the 2005 Western Junior there.
Television coverage will be provided by the Golf Channel, running from 5-7 p.m. each day of the tournament. Visit MeijerLPGAClassic.com for more details.
Contact: Chad Shepard