• Ben Tierney

Tickets for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational now available online

Week-long schedule of community-driven events offers affordable and family-friendly activities


MIDLAND, Mich. (April 8, 2019) – Tickets for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational are now available online. The inaugural LPGA official team event taking place July 15-20 at Midland Country Club has announced a week-long schedule of family-friendly events featuring a two-night food celebration, youth opportunities, and other programs that highlight regional businesses.


“We are enthusiastic about teaming up with the LPGA and creating 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 Great Lakes Bay Invitational. “The whole family is invited to participate as we showcase our region’s unique attributes on a national stage this July.”


A full 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 (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 experience in downtown Midland that will feature regional flavors, from local area restaurants, and entertainment. More details will be released in May. Gates will be open to the public on Monday, July 15 for professional practice rounds, and the Official Pro-Am will be held Tuesday, July 16. Grounds access to the tournament at Midland Country Club will be free on Monday and Tuesday. Official event rounds begin Wednesday, July 17 and continue through Saturday, July 20.


Tickets will be modestly priced, including free daily grounds access to the tournament at Midland Country Club for children age 17 and younger. Daily tickets are $10 and weekly tickets are $25. There will also be an upgraded, all-inclusive mobile hospitality option that grants grounds access and offers local tastings and beverage samples for $40 per day.


“Our goal is to develop a family-focused week of events that is affordable and encourages not just golf fans, but families to want to come out,” said Matt Hilliker, event director of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. “The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational strives to offer activities that are inclusive and appeal to all ages.”


Additionally, all current and past military personnel are invited to attend the tournament at no charge and will be given access to view play from the Military Hospitality tent sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors. Military personnel will be granted grounds access with a valid military ID, one additional pass for a guest to gain access to the Military Hospitality tent with a daily ticket purchase, and one beer voucher for the Larkin Beer Garden, located adjacent to the hospitality tent. During event week, the Larkin Beer Garden that is usually stationed in downtown Midland on Thursday and Friday evenings during the summer will be transported onsite at Midland Country Club and will be open to the public Monday through Saturday. The Larkin Beer Garden will be sponsored by Midland Brewing Company and will feature an open garden area with seating and outdoor games.


The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will also feature additional fan attractions with activities for golf spectators, families and friends to enjoy. Community events will be tied in throughout event week highlighting local businesses and organizations and the region’s unique attributes. Additionally, there will be special free programs for children to participate in, including:


STEM in Sports Youth Center

The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational has teamed up with the Great Lakes Loons, Saginaw Spirit, and the Greater Midland Tennis Center to create a STEM in Sports Youth Center onsite at the tournament providing children with engaging, hands-on experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as they relate to golf, baseball, hockey, and tennis.


The First Tee Junior Clinic

On Monday, July 15, the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is teaming up with The First Tee of Eastern Michigan to create two, half-day junior clinics based on The First Tee’s golf and life skills curriculum. The free clinics will be hosted at Currie Golf Courses, where kids will move through multiple stations including a short game area, putt-putt, physical fitness, and more. More information about the clinic will be released closer to event week.


Additionally, The First Tee Summer Program will kick off in June at Currie Golf Courses. Once a week, The First Tee staff will conduct lessons teaching both on and off course skills. Currie Golf Courses and The First Tee of Eastern Michigan will release further details related to the program later this spring.


Fore Our Future Business Competition

Beginning Wednesday, July 17 and continuing through Saturday, July 20, the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is teaming 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 with profits generated from this program to be utilized to create and support future initiatives.


“We are proud and excited to team up with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational to offer students an opportunity to compete in an entrepreneurial setting, experience starting and operating a business, and develop soft-skills such as communication, team work and responsibility, in a fun-filled environment,” said Mike Rush, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan. “Student teams will be determined through competitions held in the four counties making up the Great Lakes Bay Region; Midland, Bay City, Saginaw, and Isabella.”


To purchase tickets for the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, visit www.DowGLBI.com. To stay up-to-date on all event information, join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/DowGLBI, www.twitter.com/DowGLBI, and www.instagram.com/dowglbi (@DowGLBI).

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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 will offer a format unlike any other event on the LPGA Tour. 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.


The mission of the Dow GLBI is to accelerate the efforts of the Great Lakes Bay Region and Dow’s strategy by building a world class LPGA Tour event that positively impacts people’s lives and enriches the community.

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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