Henderson Wins 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give
Tournament Raises $1.1 M To Feed Hungry Families
Brooke Henderson became the winningest Canadian Golfer in the history of the LPGA and PGA TOURS with a one shot win at the Meijer LPGA Classic. Henderson, just 21 years, 9 months and six days old, has nine career wins.
The Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give was played at the Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan June 13 – 16, 2019.
Tournament Raises $1.1 Million For Simply Give Food Pantry Program
At the end of the tournament, a donation of $1.1 million was made to the Simply Give program that stocks food pantries across the midwest.
“The Meijer LPGA Classic has made an incredible impact on our hungry neighbors. Thanks to the ongoing support from our community, we exceeded our $1 million goal for this year’s tournament,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “It was a meaningful end to a fun-filled week that kept us on our toes thanks to Mother Nature.”
The $1.1 million donation will be divided among the retailer’s 246 food pantry partners participating in the spring Simply Give campaign, which ended today.
“There are hard-working people in our community who cannot afford to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for their children. They’re forced to make difficult choices every day,” said Claire Guisfredi, Executive Director of North Kent Connect. “Because of the Meijer Simply Give program, we can ease the burden of our working families and seniors. We can provide healthy, wholesome fresh fruits and vegetables so our clients and children can get the proper nutrition they need to succeed in school and in life. Thank you, Meijer, for this gift that has a ripple effect across the entire community.”
Meijer is a midwest chain of superstores that carry everything from groceries to clothing, sporting goods, office supplies and lawn equipment. Founded in 1934, Meijer pioneered the superstore concept. The chain has 242 stores, half of which are in Michigan.
How Brooke Henderson Won The 2019 Meijer LPGA Classic
Sitting on a two-stroke lead at -19 heading into the final round, Henderson made three birdies through thirteen. Her lead narrowed to one with a bogey at sixteen.
By the time Henderson got to the final hole, Nasa Hataoka, Su Oh and Brittany Altomare and Lexi Thompson all were in the clubhouse at -20. Thompson had gotten there with an eagle on the final hole.
Henderson’s three putt par at the last preserved her one shot lead and gave her a third win on Father’s Day, joining the 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic and the Symetra Tour’s 2015 Four Winds Invitational.
“I was just trying to make some more birdies out there and I just seemed to be rubbing edges all day,” said Henderson. “Then I looked at the leaderboard and it was really cramming up, getting packed. Coming down here I figured after I heard that roar on the tee I would need eagle or birdie, so I was sort of surprised when all I needed was par. I’m glad that’s it because I was really shaking on those couple putts there.”
Starting the day tied for ninth, Hataoka made six birdies through her first 14 holes to jump up the leaderboard and closed with a chip-in eagle at No. 18 for a final-round 65. Oh returned a bogey-free 66 on Sunday. Altomare carded a 4-under 68 and capped off her round with a birdie on No. 18, while Thompson, who struggled with muscle spasms in her right shoulder, rode that closing eagle to her third consecutive top-two finish.
Morgan Pressel finished in solo sixth after a final-round 70 and her fellow Americans Nelly Korda and Annie Park tied for seventh.
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