On the same week that the 3rd annual Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is to be played at Midland Country Club in Midland, MI.  The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced on Monday morning that they have agreed with tournament officials to extend their agreement and keep the tournament in Midland through 2029.

The Invitational is a two-person team event, just like the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic of New Orleans (played every April).  It was won last year by the Jutanugarn sisters (Ariya and Moriya)

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Jim Fitterling, Dow chairman and CEO, said in a statement on Monday morning:

“As we celebrate our 125th Anniversary, I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this year’s event and look ahead to the future than by sharing the news of Dow’s continued commitment to the Great Lakes Bay Region and to the LPGA Tour, Our partnership with the LPGA Tour continues to be a perfect platform for us to positively impact our region while showcasing our efforts in sustainability and inclusion as well as our customer-centric approach to doing business.  And we couldn’t have accomplished any of this without the support of our many community partners.”

The Dow is the second of two events in Michigan on the LPGA Tour calendar.  The Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give is played every June at Blythefield Country Club in suburban Grand Rapids.

The Midland CC will host the tournament this coming Wednesday-Saturday.  Among the players slated to play are the Korda sisters (Jessica and Nelly), Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam (pictured above), and her longtime rival (during each player's primes) Karrie Webb.

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