MIDLAND, MICHIGAN | Golf fans around the world have their eyes focused on the links at St Andrews this week, as elite golfers take the stage at the 150th Open. Meanwhile, 144 of the world’s best women are playing on St. Andrews Road.
The LPGA Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is being held at Midland Country Club, with Dow Chemical being the title sponsor with an ongoing partnership since 2019. And for Dow, this being their 125th year, their values of hard work and determination match the women in this event.
Statistics and numbers build the foundation for both a successful company and for an athlete. Let’s explore some of the best for this tournament and players.
For this event, Dow earned the first GEO Certified® Tournament in LPGA history. From the Scotland-based GEO Foundation, whose mission is to advance sustainability through golf, the LPGA has Dow onboard as its official sustainability resource.
The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational was the first women’s event worldwide to achieve this distinction. It was also the first event on the LPGA Tour to achieve carbon-neutrality.
Dow also gave the LPGA the opportunity to have the first official team competition in Tour history.
Sometimes known as best ball, the four-ball format of team play aligns with Dow’s belief of inclusivity and working together to build a better result.
The lowest four-ball score recorded is 58 by Minjee Lee and Jin Young Ko in the 2019 fourth round. Their bogey-free round included 12 birdies.
There have been a total of four rounds completed below 60. Moriya Jutanugarn and Ariya Jutanugarn paired together to win the tournament recording 59 twice in 2021. Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura also made it their path to victory in 2019.
Tournament scorecards from the past two events revealed 35 eagles on the course. The third hole had the most eagles scored with a total of 10. The par-5 played at an average length of 498.75 yards.
In 2019, the fourth round delivered the lowest scoring average at 63.384 by the field of players. During the 18 holes of play, the most challenging hole was the par-4 eighth.
Join the fun at the course this week to see golfers enjoying foursome and four-ball play, while competing to win a $2.5 million purse. #TeamUp