• Ben Tierney

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational announces onsite activities

Week-long schedule of community-driven events offers affordable, family-friendly opportunities

MIDLAND, Mich. (July 11, 2019) – The inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI) will kick off this month, July 15-20 at Midland Country Club. The tournament’s week-long schedule of family-friendly events will feature a two-night culinary celebration, youth opportunities, and other programs that highlight the region.

“We are enthusiastic about teaming up with local businesses to create a series of events that positively impact and celebrate the Great Lakes Bay Region and the community of people who make it great,” said Chris Chandler, executive director of the Dow GLBI. “We’ve developed ancillary events and programs that will highlight the tournament’s team format, demonstrating that when people and organizations team up together, they can grow and achieve more.”

A field of 142 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 (better ball) for a $2 million purse, with the first place team splitting $485,000.

Event week will kick off on Sunday, July 14 with a two-day, culinary celebration, Eat Great, in downtown Midland that will feature regional flavors from local area restaurants as well as live entertainment.

Eat Great

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 local multimedia production company, BeAlive, to bring this brand to life.

Food Festival

The Eat Great Food Festival is a two-day community celebration taking place July 14 and 15 downtown Midland on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will highlight approximately 40 different regional restaurants serving sample sized portions of unique dishes and beverages. Tickets include samples of food, beverages, and live entertainment.

  • $40 Adult Ticket, per day

  • $20 Youth Ticket (21 and under), per day

  • Kids 12 and under are free

Restaurant Week

The Eat Great Restaurant Week is a two-week promotion, July 15–28. 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.

Hospitality Trail

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, July 17 – 20. The course will feature four upgraded viewing decks in various locations, and will 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.

  • $40 Adult Ticket, per day

  • $20 Youth Ticket (21 and under), per day

  • Kids 12 and under are free

  • Tickets are sold out Thursday, July 18

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.

Eat Great participating partners will include: BeAlive, Garber Chevrolet, Midland Sports Rehab, Members First Credit Union, Midland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Three Rivers Corporation, and Midland Brewing Company.

Gates onsite at the Midland Country Club will be open to the public on Monday, July 15 for professional practice rounds. Beginning on Monday, the Larkin Beer Garden, presented by Midland Brewing Company and the Wells Fargo Advisors Vet Garden, will be open. Grounds access to the tournament at Midland Country Club will be free on Monday and Tuesday. Additionally, The First Tee Junior Clinic will take place on Monday at Currie Golf Courses.

Larkin Beer Garden presented by Midland Brewing Company

The Larkin Beer Garden will be moving onsite during event week. The garden, located on hole 15 next to the Wells Fargo Advisors Veteran Garden, will open at 10 a.m. Monday – Saturday 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. 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.

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, July 15.

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:

Tuesday, July 16 will feature the Official Pro-Am and Official Tournament rounds begin Wednesday, July 17 and continue through Saturday, July 20.

Opening Ceremony

The inaugural event will kick off on Wednesday, July 17, at the first tee at Midland Country Club with free coffee and breakfast wraps for all spectators at 8 a.m.

Welcome Center

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.

  • Wednesday, July 17 – Ariya Jutanugarn

  • Thursday, July 18 – Suzann Pettersen

  • Friday, July 19 – Juli Inkster

  • Saturday, July 20 – Katherine Kirk

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, July 17 and continuing through Saturday, July 20, 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.

  • Wednesday, July 17 – Team Chemics from Midland High School will be selling iced coffee and sun glasses

  • Thursday, July 18 – Team Cake Cart from Dow High School will be selling Strawberry Shortcake

  • Friday, July 19 – Team Summertime Smoothie Bowl from Dow High School will be selling a berry smoothie

  • Saturday, July 20 – Team Cake Cart from Dow High School will be selling Strawberry Shortcake

  • All days – Team BDK Beverages from Standish Sterling Central will be selling The Marilyn Smith, a strawberry lemonade and ice tea drink

“The program is a great way for students to receive first-hand experience starting and operating a business while also developing soft skills,” said Jacqueline Howard, senior director of corporate citizenship at Ally Financial. “We are proud to team up with the Dow GLBI to offer students in the Great Lakes Bay Region an opportunity to compete in an entrepreneurial setting.”

STEM in Sports Center

The STEM in Sports Center is youth experience onsite at the tournament that will be open to the public July 17 - 20. 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, July 20, 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 MBS Airport.

Special Olympics 3-Hole Challenge

The Special Olympics 3-Hole Challenge will take place on Friday, July 19 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. Fans are encouraged to attend to root on the athletes.

Tailgate Takeover

The Larkin Beer Garden sponsored by Midland Brewing Company has teamed up with the event to host the Tailgate Takeover taking place Friday, July 19 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.

For more information on the full schedule of events, visit: https://www.dowglbi.com/schedule-of-events

Tickets for the Dow GLBI start at $10, and admission for kids 17 and under is free with a ticketed adult. To purchase tickets, visit www.DowGLBI.com. To stay up-to-date on all team announcements and event information download the Dow GLBI app and join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/DowGLBI, www.twitter.com/DowGLBI, and www.instagram.com/dowglbi (@DowGLBI).


About the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational (Dow GLBI) is a new official LPGA Tour event that will be held in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region July 15-20, 2019 at Midland Country Club. The Dow GLBI, striving to become the first fully GEO Certified® Tournament on the LPGA, will offer an innovative format unlike any other event. The 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will feature 72 two-player teams competing in both foursomes and four-ball with a $2 million purse.

The week-long event will feature more than golf – Eat Great, a two-day food festival featuring restaurants and breweries throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, an official LPGA Tour Pro-Am Tournament, STEM in Sports youth related programming and leadership events. This inclusive event will offer free daily youth opportunities, affordable ticket prices, and free admission for kids 17 and under as well as past and present Military personnel.

Follow @DowGLBI on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or online at www.DowGLBI.com.

About Midland Country Club Midland Country Club has maintained a standard of excellence through its heritage since its founding in 1928. The Club was established to provide golf and other recreational and social activities for its members—which continues today! Located in the center of Midland, Michigan, the Club provides beautiful scenery, superb facilities and top quality service. Midland Country Club is thankful for each of its more than 750 members and the community for continuing to support the Club and is excited to host The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational! Learn more about Midland Country Club by visiting www.midlandcc.net.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental, humanitarian and golf community initiatives, including LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the LPGA Women’s Network and the LPGA Amateur Golf Association.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

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