All four past champions, seven of the top 10 on this season's money list and stars like Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer headline the field at next week's Meijer LPGA Classic.
The tournament made 141 of the 144-player field official Thursday. There also will be three sponsor's exemptions, with two expected to be given to Michigan State golfers.
“We are absolutely thrilled that the tournament continues to attract the top players from the LPGA Tour to our own backyard,” said Cathy Cooper, executive director of the tournament. “The support these players receive from our community is truly incredible, and because of that, they look forward to playing in our tournament each year.”
The $2-million purse, or prize money, doesn't help. It's one of the richest non-major tournaments on the LPGA Tour schedule.
Among the players set to play in the tournament, which is June 14-17 at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids:
►All four past champions: Mirim Lee (2014), Lexi Thompson (2015), Sei Young Kim (2016) and Brooke Henderson (2017).
►Stars like Wie, Creamer, Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko, Pernilla Lindberg, Morgan Pressel and So Yeon Ryu.
►LPGA Tour rookie Samantha Troyanovich, of Grosse Pointe.
The full field can be found HERE.
The field is considerably stronger than for the LPGA Volvik Championship, played at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor last month. That tournament's purse this year was $1.3 million, and the tournament was won by Minjee Lee.
Michigan HOF class inducted
How appropriate: A foursome was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame this past weekend during a ceremony at Ferris State's Katke Golf Club.
The inductees were South Lyon's Tom Harding, Saline's Debbie Williams-Hoak, Houghton Lake's Gordon LaFontaine and the late Bud Erickson of West Bloomfield.
That brings the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame membership up to 123.
About the inductees:
►Harding, 53, is a teaching professional at Kendall Academy of Golf in Ypsilanti who has played on multiple tours across the globe during his career, winning the Canadian PGA Championship in 1991. The Michigan State graduate is a two-time Michigan PGA player of the year. At Kendall, he has been named one of Golf Digest's top 15 instructors in Michigan five times.
►Williams-Hoak, 58, is director of the golf academy at Brookside Golf Club in Saline. She was a rookie on the LPGA Tour at age 40, and before that, she twice won the Michigan Women's Amateur and once the Michigan Women's Open. She also coaches the boys and girls golf teams at Saline High, and was an All-America track-and-field athlete at Michigan before taking up golf.
►LaFontaine, 73, owns Pine View Highlands Golf Course in Houghton Lake. He played a big role in creating the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center at Michigan State, and he's a past winner of the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America distinguished service award.
►Erickson, who died in August at the age of 94, was an Army veteran, a Michigan State graduate and assistant GM with the Detroit Lions when they won three NFL championships in the 1950s. He later was executive director of the LPGA Tour (1970-75) and the Golf Association of Michigan (1980-84). He also was tournament director for four majors held at Oakland Hills.