Dow GLBI features world's best golfers and a lot more

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As a $2.5 million LPGA team event that brings the best female golfers in the world to the Midland Country Club, the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational basically speaks for itself.

But nearly as much will be happening away from the course as well during the week of July 10-16.

LPGA Leadership Academy

Each year, an LPGA Leadership Academy for girls aged 13-18 is held in conjunction with the Dow GLBI. This year, the academy took place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the Saginaw Country Club.

The academy is intended for girls with an interest in improving confidence, communication, decision making, team and leadership skills, who plan to pursue a STEM field in college.

SOAR summit

Every year, the Dow GLBI hosts a summit called SOAR, which stands for Success, Opportunity, Acceleration, Resilience.

The forum, which is by invitation only, is hosted by Karen S. Carter, Dow’s chief human resources officer and chief inclusion officer. At the Dow GLBI media day on June 13, Carter described SOAR as an inclusive leadership summit where participants walk away with “concrete actions” to take.

SOAR will start with a “Fireside Chat” on Tuesday, July 12 at The H Hotel, and will continue the next day with a continental breakfast followed by a summit of speakers throughout the morning.

“She’s a very dynamic speaker,” Dow GLBI Tournament Director Wendy Traschen said of Carter. “She does a great job of bringing in great speakers from throughout our country. (SOAR) focuses from a DEI standpoint on what you can do within your business, what you can do as an employee (to promote diversity, equity and inclusion). She gets the conversation started and has some unique folks she brings in (as speakers).”

Opportunity to host a golfer

Just like the Great Lakes Loons and the Dow Tennis Classic, the Dow GLBI seeks local residents who are willing to host an LPGA golfer at their home during the tournament.

While some of the golfers choose to stay in hotels, others enjoy the chance to stay at someone’s home for the week.

While many players are already paired with host families, anyone who is interested in hosting a player can fill out an interest form at https://www.dowglbi.com/contact

Honoring veterans and active-duty military members

Traschen said the Dow GLBI this year has expanded its offerings for spectators who are veterans or active members of the military.

As in the past, all veterans are admitted free, along with one guest, to the tournament throughout the week with a valid military ID.

A Veterans Tent will be set up to the left of the 11th hole on the course. It is behind the Midland Country Club swimming pool.

New this year, a pancake breakfast for veterans will be held at the Veterans Tent on Wednesday morning, July 13, right after the 8 a.m. opening ceremonies of the tournament. Renee Powell, who was the second African-American woman to play on the LPGA Tour and is now head professional at her family’s Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio, will join the veterans for the breakfast.

Powell’s father, Bill Powell, a World War II veteran, encountered racial discrimination on the golf course and decided to build his own course where everyone would be welcome. In 1946, he established Clearview Golf Club.

In addition, a chicken dinner for veterans will be served from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, July 15, and a dessert bar all day on Saturday, July 16.

“I feel like we’re spoiling them a bit, and they deserve it,” Traschen said in reference to veterans and active-duty military members. “For what they’ve done in service for our country, let’s invite them out and show them a good time.”

GEO certification as an environmentally sustainable event

In its inaugural year in 2019, the Dow GLBI became the first LPGA event, and first women’s professional sports event, to be GEO certified, and it has received that certification again in 2021 and 2022.

The Scotland-based GEO Foundation offers golf’s most comprehensive and widely regarded sustainability certification. 

According to dowglbi.com, “From its launch, Dow GLBI organizers, sponsors and hosts have sought to deliver the most sustainable event possible – one that seeks to minimize resource consumption, waste, emissions and other potentially negative impacts on the environment, while, at the same time, delivering the maximum “net positive” social and environmental value.”