Statement from the

Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational 

After discussing options with the LPGA, health officials, our planning committee, and many partners, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational for 2020 and return in 2021 the week of July 11 - 17.  

The health and safety of our communities and every individual involved in the Dow GLBI must come first. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we believe the right decision is to cancel and focus on bringing the LPGA’s first GEO Certified® sustainable event and 2019 LPGA Tournament of the Year back to the Great Lakes Bay Region next year. 

The theme and official tournament hashtag of the Dow GLBI is #TeamUp. This speaks to the unique team-based tournament format, but even more so to the incredible teamwork by our partners, fans, volunteers, and businesses throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region in order to host an event of this magnitude. We thank each of these important partners for your team spirit these past several months as we took a hard look at the possibility of hosting this year’s tournament. 

The Dow GLBI launched in 2019 with several goals: To celebrate and enrich the Great Lakes Bay Region, host the best golf players on the planet, promote inclusion and diversity, create one of the premier food festivals in the state of Michigan, teach STEM skills to students and adults through the lens of sports, and become the most sustainable event on the LPGA Tour. By teaming up with more than 250 partners, 1,000 volunteers, and 35,000 fans, we accomplished these goals and then some. Truly, this tournament was built by and for the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

Dow and the LPGA began a 5-year agreement beginning with last year’s inaugural tournament. We are pleased to announce that in light of this year’s cancellation, that contract has been extended to 2024. With an estimated $12.7 million economic impact on the Great Lakes Bay Region in 2019, that’s great news for our local partners and business community.


We recognize that these are challenging times for many of our partners, and our thoughts are with you all as we learn to navigate this new landscape. From all of us on the Dow GLBI team, we thank you for your continued support, partnership, and #TeamUp spirit. We can't wait to welcome you to the 2021 Dow GLBI. 



Chris Chandler 
Dow GLBI Executive Director 


What led to the cancellation of the tournament?

The health and safety of Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational volunteers, spectators, players and community members continues to be our number one priority. Due to the ongoing concerns of COVID-19, Dow and tournament officials concluded that cancelling the 2020 tournament is the right call for everyone involved.

What is the status of the Eat Great Food Festival and the Cheap Trick & Verve Pipe Concerts?

The Eat Great Food Festival and the Cheap Trick & Verve Pipe Concerts scheduled for July 12 & 13, 2020 in Bay City are cancelled. Further details will be announced in the coming months regarding other Eat Great events.

How do I obtain a refund?

For information regarding Eat Great Food Festival refunds, please click here. Volunteers can learn more about refund details here.

What if I received tournament tickets as part of an auction or gift package?

All 2020 auction and gift packages will be honored for the 2021 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Please be on the lookout for an email from our team for next steps.

Is Rockin' the River still set to take place?

Please refer to for the latest event information.

What is the status of Dow GLBI's ancillary events?

Ancillary events such as SOAR, Fore Our Future and STEM Center are cancelled. We will work with these groups on a plan of action for a return in 2021.

Can I transfer my 2020 partnership to next year?

Yes, please contact Matt Hilliker at for details on how to begin the contract amendment process.

What are the latest updates regarding the 2020 Trophy Contest?

Please visit our Trophy Contest page for more info.

Will this year be added to the backend of the LPGA agreement?

Dow and the LPGA entered a five-year agreement in 2019. In light of the cancellation this year, the agreement will extend to 2024.

Are there still plans for the tournament to support local charities? Can charities request support from allotted community funds?

Plans are still being considered for 2020 and we’ll have more to share at a later date.

How do I learn more about sponsoring the 2021 Dow GLBI?

Those interested in being a part of the 2021 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational excitement may reach out to Matt Hilliker at

Will player housing opportunities be available in 2021? If so, when will registration begin?

We're hopeful that we'll be able to offer player housing opportunities for next year’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Further details regarding 2021 player housing will be announced at a future date.

Have dates been determined for the 2021 tournament?

Next year’s Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will take place from July 11-17, 2021.

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