The 2020 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will become the highest paying non-major, non-tour championship tournament on the LPGA Tour. With a $2.3 million purse, the first-place team payout will be $559,000, according to tournament officials. The 2020 tournament will take place July 13-18, 2020, in Midland, and offers a format unique to the LPGA Tour, with two-player teams competing in both foursomes and four-ball in a 72-hole tournament.
“We were incredibly proud to bring the best female golfers in the world to the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational,” said Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer of Dow. “As a company and as an LPGA tournament host, we look forward to continuing our efforts to make this one of the premiere stops on the LPGA Tour and hosting visitors from around the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond.”
The inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, held July 15-20, 2019, brought more than 35,000 visitors to the Great Lakes Bay Region throughout the course of the event. A partnership with The First Tee program introduced more than 5,500 local students to the game of golf through their values and character-building curriculum. Additionally, more than $500,000 was donated to nonprofits throughout the region through a variety of charity initiatives during the tournament.
“It was an incredible first year,” said Chris Chandler, executive director of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. “We saw a huge response and support from the Great Lakes Bay Region, and 2020 will see a continued focus on providing an amazing experience for the athletes, sponsors, spectators, visitors to the region, and more than 1,000 volunteers.”
The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational also included more than 30 supplementary events, including the Eat Great Food Festival, the LPGA Leadership Academy, a hands-on STEM education center for youth and families, free tickets for active duty and veteran military members. Planning for the events surrounding the 2020 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is currently underway.
For more information about the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, visit DowGLBI.com.