The annual ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer brings the most talented women in professional golf to the classic Bay Course at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel in Galloway, New Jersey, while also bringing together organizations that serve people in need. Dozens of nonprofits received grants and donations totaling more than $1.5 million during a luncheon hosted Friday, Oct. 1 by Wakefern Food Corp., the logistics, merchandising, and distribution arm for ShopRite stores.
For nearly three decades, golf fans from across the northeast have come to Atlantic County and the Jersey Shore to watch the top female golfers in the world compete on the famed waterfront course. The tournament not only hosts one of the strongest fields in women’s professional golf, it annually creates more than $19 million in new economic activity in the region.
“The ShopRite LPGA Classic brings everyone together to support incredible organizations that battle hunger, help children and families, and invest in new research for the treatment of life altering diseases,” said Wakefern’s Chief Communications Officer, Karen Meleta. “The entire ShopRite and Wakefern team could not be more proud of our long-standing partnership with the LPGA tour that has raised $37 million for charitable causes that are improving lives as a result of the championship.”
Charitable and nonprofit organizations that are receiving grants include, but are not limited to:
|Alzheimer’s New Jersey||AtlantiCare Foundation||Special Olympics New Jersey|
|Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation||Goodwill Delaware & Delaware County||Ronald McDonald of Southern NJ|
|Community FoodBank of New Jersey||Embrace Kids Foundation||Val Skinner Foundation|
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer will be televised on the Golf Channel from Oct. 1-3, from 1-4 p.m. ET. This year’s event will feature an all-women broadcast team, marking the first-ever all-woman golf broadcast team in U.S. television history. The 132-player field will compete over three rounds for a total purse of $1.75 million, and will broadcast to over 500 million households in 175 territories around the world.
The 2021 field includes New Jersey’s own Megha Ganne, a 17-year-old-high school senior at Holmdel High School in Monmouth County, NJ who took the world by storm at the U.S. Women’s Open, and Brynn Walker, a graduate of Radnor High school in Pennsylvania, who was a standout on the golf team at the University of North Carolina. Brynn turned professional in 2020 after graduating and is competing full-time on the Symetra Tour.
“ShopRite’s commitment is critical to the ongoing success of the tournament,” said Tim Erensen, Managing Partner at Outlyr, which owns and operates the event. “Their support and charitable contributions are unmatched on Tour and we could not be prouder to have them as our partner and title sponsor in one of the strongest events on the LPGA Tour.”
Mel Reid won last year’s event, finishing at 19 under par, two strokes ahead of runner up Jennifer Kupcho. In her victory, Reid joined LPGA greats Lexi Thompson, Annie Park, Anna Nordqvist and Stacy Lewis who have previously taken home the winner’s trophy.