Today we had the great pleasure of joining in all the fun of tournament week at the Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft. I was really excited to be invited, because the driving mission of the Meijer LPGA Classic tournament is focused on feeding the hungry, with all proceeds benefiting the Meijer Simply Give program, which, as you likely already know, replenishes the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest.
There are some fun events yet to come this week; check them out on the tournament’s ‘events’ page:
The event we attended today was the Meijer LPGA Kids Day presented by Johnson & Johnson, where the kids were able to participate in a clinic with LPGA Tour pros.
Here’s the thing:
My kids don’t golf.
These are city kids. They have never been on a golf course, much less to a country club in their lives. Maybelle was reluctant and grouchy at first, but rocked her outfit nonetheless; completely oblivious to all of the kids in polo shirts and long, tasteful shorts around her.
There were different stations, grouped by age, where the kids were able to get some instruction from the pros and then give it their best shot which in both A.P. and Maybelle’s case was surprisingly good.
Our hosts did an amazing job of making sure that all of the kids got a chance to take at least a few swings at each station before we shuffled off to the next one.
When the clinic was over, we were shuttled over to yet another country club where we got to sit in the – grandstand? A big tent like thing with drinks and snacks, right on the 19th hole. We had a shusher (given the fact that our tent like thing was filled with kids, we probably should have had a few) who told us when to zip it so the golfers could concentrate. I tried to ask the shusher how much they would charge to come home with me so I could get some things done, but sadly, they were completely dedicated to their jobs on the course.
When we decided it was time to move on and meander around the tournament for a while, A.P. was reluctant to join us. Golf had really taken hold of him, and he was completely into the game. Sounding like a 45 year old, he said “You know, I really enjoyed that” as we made our way back to the bus.
I did too. It’s fun to watch your kids discover something new and get interested in an activity that gets them outside and is not known for contact injuries or concussions.
My kids didn’t golf.
Thanks for hosting us today, Meijer. We love you (and your Simply Give program!) (and now; golf!).