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‘Now That’s Refreshing’: Golf Fans React After Augusta National Gets Brutally Upstaged by Lesser-Known LPGA Tour Venue

Published 06/16/2023, 11:41 AM EDT

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The 2023 edition of the Meijer LPGA Classic has kicked off at the Blythefield Country Club in Belmont, Michigan. From Jennifer Kupcho to Lexi Thompson to Minjee Lee, the coveted competition boasts a stacked field this year!

As the action got underway at Blythefield on Thursday, a refreshing new detail about the event surfaced on the internet, delighting many. In fact, it has even got fans drawing comparisons to PGA Tour events. Let’s dive in to find out more!

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Founded in 2014, the Meijer LPGA Classic has enthralled golf fans year after year. From Nelly Korda to Lexi Thompson to Brooke Henderson, many of the biggest names on the LPGA Tour have claimed the title at Blythefield over the past years. It, therefore, shouldn’t come as a surprise that the excitement for the event’s 9th edition is at an all-time high!

However, another great detail about the LPGA event, which is currently winning hearts on the internet, is its delectable menu at amazing prices! On Thursday, @AndrewRiceGolf took to Twitter to share a picture of the available food items as well as their prices! Many were pleasantly surprised to see that food can be bought at the Meijer LPGA Classic for as low as $1!

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The cost of the items is also significantly lower than the prices seen at PGA Tour events, including the generally affordable menu at Augusta National. While beverages at the Masters venue can go up to $6, spectators at Blythefield can enjoy a glass of wine for just $4. Meanwhile, the venue in Michigan allows golf fans to get their hands on delicious desserts for as cheap as $2!

After the tweet gained traction in the golf community, many golf fans were quick to express their genuine delight and surprise!

Fans react to LPGA event’s super affordable menu

Fans on Twitter couldn’t help but relay their experiences from other golfing events, with one person recounting a particularly underwhelming experience from the recently-concluded Mizuho Americas Open. Meanwhile, another Twitter user couldn’t believe that the affordable items at Meijer LPGA Classic came with no catch!

Some also compared the prices to the cost of snacks at the Masters. One individual even rehashed a not-so-pleasant experience from the 2016 Ryder Cup!

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The Meijer LPGA Classic at the Blythefield Country Club is, no doubt, setting an example for other golfing tournaments. Hopefully, other venues will soon follow suit.

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What do you think of the dirt-cheap prices at Blythefield? Do you think we will get to witness cheaper food items at other venues down the road? Let us know in the comments below!

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Abantika Ghosh

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Abantika is a fresh writer at EssentiallySports who was chosen in the recent round of ‘ES Draft’ for her strong passion for golf writing. Even in her early days, Abantika has displayed an impressive ability to cover golf with gripping and insightful stories backed by thorough research. Her inspiration comes from the words of the legendary golfer and flag-bearer of the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy: "As long as I keep enjoying my golf, then hopefully I'll be able to play well," which motivates her to continue writing engaging pieces.
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Manaal Siddiqui

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