The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI) will take place, July 13-18, 2020 at Midland Country Club. The tournament’s week-long schedule of family-friendly events will also feature the Eat Great food festival, several events and opportunities for youth, and other programs that highlight the region.
A field of 144 of the world’s best female golfers will play a 72-hole, stroke-play team event that will be broadcast on the Golf Channel. Over four days of competition, players will compete in alternating rounds of foursomes (alternate shot) and four-ball (best ball) for a $2 million purse.
List of Activities
The Eat Great program will consist of 3 separate events aimed at highlighting the diverse culinary talent, restaurants, and flavors within the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Dow GLBI has partnered with a local multimedia production company, BeAlive, to bring this brand to life.
The Eat Great Food Festival is a two-day community celebration taking place downtown Midland on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 12th and Monday, July 13th. The event will highlight approximately 40 different regional restaurants serving sample-sized portions of unique dishes and beverages. Tickets will include samples of food, beverages, and live entertainment. More ticketing information will be available soon.
The Eat Great Restaurant Week is a two-week promotion. Participating restaurants will create a three-course, prix fixe menu at a special rate to entice both tourists and community members to explore the culinary scene throughout the region.
The Eat Great experience will transition onsite to Midland Country Club, with the Eat Great Hospitality Trail presented by Garber Chevrolet, taking place Wednesday – Saturday. The course will feature four upgraded viewing decks in various locations and showcase local restaurants at each suite. The concept of the Eat Great Hospitality Trail is to allow patrons to follow the play throughout the course while still having an upgraded hospitality experience. Tickets include upgraded viewing on course and sampling of food and beverages. More ticketing information will be available soon.
Eat Great Food Festival restaurants will include: American Kitchen, Artisan Urban Bistro, Bar Oxygen, Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck, Big E’s Sports Grill, Café Zinc, Cops & Doughnuts, Currant Mist Winery, D’Alessandro’s, Egyptian Koshery, For the Love of Cheesecake, Forgotten Ciders, Frankenmuth Brewery, Grape Beginnings, Gratzi, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Great Lakes Wine and Spirits, Heather and Holly, Kona Ice, Live Oak Coffee House, Meijer Food Truck, Menu Manager, MI Table, Midland Brewing Company, Molasses, Mountain Town Station, Nomad Ciders, , Old City Hall , Oracle Brewing, Public House, Soaring Eagle, Summit Smokehouse, Sunsational Smoothies, T&T Authentic Mexican, Tavern 101, The Blending Bowl, The Creek Grill, The Maple Grille, The Table, Timbers Bar and Grille, Tri-City Brewery, Whine, and Willi’s Sausage Co., and Zitoon.
The First Tee Junior Clinic
The Dow GLBI and The First Tee of Eastern Michigan have teamed up to introduce kids throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region to The First Tee’s unique golf and life skills curriculum, through a combination of in-school, after-school, and summer programming. As part of the partnership, the free junior clinic featuring LPGA players will be hosted at Currie Golf Courses on Monday.
Larkin Beer Garden presented by Midland Brewing Company
The Larkin Beer Garden will be on-site at the Midland County Club during the Dow GLBI. The garden, located on hole 15 next to the Wells Fargo Advisors Veteran Garden, will open at 10 a.m. and will remain open until the end of play. Spectators will be able to watch play and compete in yard games in the beer garden.
Wells Fargo Advisors Veterans Garden
All past and present military personnel are invited to attend the Dow GLBI at no charge and will be given access to view play from the Vet Garden sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors. Military personnel will be granted grounds access with a valid military ID, one beverage voucher for the Larkin Beer Garden, located adjacent to the Vet Garden, and one additional guest pass for access to the Military Hospitality tent with a daily ticket purchase.
Daily Community Giveback Program
As part of the event’s community impact initiatives, the Dow GBLI’s daily community giveback program will benefit the following organizations:
Monday will benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Tuesday will benefit the American Cancer Society and all spectators are encouraged to wear pink
Wednesday will be SCG day benefitting local sustainability initiatives.
Saturday will be MidMichigan Day benefitting the Heart and Vascular Center of MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland
Tuesday will feature the Official Pro-Am and Official Tournament rounds begin Wednesday and continue through Saturday.
The event will kick off on Wednesday, July 15th at the Midland Country Club with free coffee and breakfast wraps for all spectators beginning at 8 a.m.
The Welcome Center is an experience highlighting the event’s vision and objectives as well as the overall Dow corporate ambition statement. Spectators will walk through this area right after the admission gates and security and be educated on best practices regarding the Dow GLBI’s sustainability initiatives and encouraged to make a commitment while onsite at the tournament to do their best in helping us achieve our goals.
The Welcome Center will also be the location of the daily bobblehead giveaway, where the first 1,000 spectators through the admissions gate will receive a player-inspired bobblehead.
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MidMichigan Health Tracker
Spectators are encouraged to stop by the MidMichigan Health tent, located just beyond the Welcome Center, to engage in several golf-related activities led by the MidMichigan’s rehabilitation service team members. Additionally, spectators will be able to sign up for the free walking program. By tracking steps throughout the week, spectators will help the event reach a goal of 20 million steps that will result in a generous gift to MidMichigan’s future Heart and Vascular Center opening in 2020.
Also in the MidMichigan Health tent, students from Davenport University’s nursing program will be on site providing free blood pressure screenings each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MidMichigan Health is also hosting medical assistance at its neighboring first aid tent. To keep your skin safe, MidMichigan Health will offer free sunscreen throughout various stops on the course.
Fore our Future presented by Ally
Beginning Wednesday and continuing through Saturday, the Dow GLBI has teamed up with Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan to provide student groups with an opportunity to operate a concession stand onsite at the tournament. The Fore Our Future competition will be facilitated and run by Junior Achievement students with profits generated from this program to be utilized to create and support future initiatives as well as charities identified by the student teams.
STEM in Sports Center
The STEM in Sports Center is youth experience onsite at the tournament that will be open to the public. The event has teamed up with the Great Lakes Loons, Saginaw Spirit, and the Greater Midland Tennis Center to provide engaging, hands-on experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as they relate to golf, baseball, hockey, tennis, and racing.
On Saturday, the event will celebrate the final round of the Dow GLBI with a free ice cream social provided by Cottage Creamery from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside the STEM in Sports Center.
Putt to Paradise
The event has teamed up with MBS Airport to present spectators with the opportunity to take part in a daily putting challenge, Putt to Paradise, located behind 17 green at Midland Country Club. Daily winners will compete against each other on 13 green following play on Saturday for a chance to win $50,000 and a trip for two anywhere in the United States, courtesy of MBA Airport.
Special Olympics 3-Hole Challenge
The Special Olympics 3-Hole Challenge will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. on holes 16, 17, and 18. Special Olympic athletes from the Great Lakes Bay Region will have the opportunity to play 3 holes at the Midland Country Club with an LPGA Tour professional.
The Larkin Beer Garden sponsored by Midland Brewing Company has teamed up with the event to host the Tailgate Takeover taking place Friday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the 15 tee box. Spectators will be encouraged to wear their favorite college apparel and enjoy yard games, live music, and happy hour specials throughout the evening.