MIDLAND, Mich. (WJRT) - The LPGA is coming to the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will take place from July 17-21, 2019 at the Midland Country Club, and will feature the first official team event to hit the tour.
"The Dow (Chemical Company) really pushed us to do something unique," said PGA Chief Commercial Officer Jon Podany. "They wanted to do something unique, and the team concept (is something we're familiar with in Solheim Cup, and we've seen what has happened with the Zurich Classic on the PGA Tour. The team aspect just brings out another dynamic; a lot of energy between the two (players), the way they celebrate, and the energy that they bring, so we think that is going to be an exciting format for this region."
The women will play numerous styles of team play. They'll play two rounds of best ball, followed by rounds of alternate shots. The players will even pick their own partners.
"Every week you're competing against one another, but for this event you're gonna be a team with somebody," said Jenny Shin, who's been on tour for eight seasons. "It's just gonna be a lot of fun."
"A lot of these girls that play on the LPGA never get to have the feeling of playing in a team event, so I think everybody is going to embrace it and love the format," said LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster.
When asked if it would be hard to pick a partner, Inkster laughed, then said, "I think it will be hard, but I think there's gonna be a lot of great partners out there, and I think that's the fun of it seeing who picks who."
"I'm probably going to pick one of my friends to play with so we can have a good time," said Brittany Lincicome with a smile. "My walk out song if I was ever going to be a professional baseball player was gonna be 'Turn Down For What', like most other baseball players, so maybe I'll use that for this event and have the fans pumping, and have the music pumping, and try to play my best."
The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitation will definitely be fun with its unique style of play, and the winners will take home part of $2 million purse.