PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Northwestern junior Kaitlin Park fired an even-par 72 on Tuesday at Blythefield Country Club to secure one of two sponsor exemptions to compete in championship play during the Meijer LGPA Classic presented by Kraft. The event will host a full field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition July 23-26 at Blythefield.


"Every player woke up today and wanted to be in that Top-2," said Park. "I knew I needed to keep my game consistent, have confidence and play the best I could. I plan to pursue golf after college and this is an opportunity to experience what it is like to compete at the highest level of women's golf."


Park received Second Team All-Big Ten honors this season, her third All-B1G recognition in as many years competing for Chicago's Big Ten Team. The 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year owns the second-best career stroke average (74.74) in program history, and has posted three of the Top-13 single-season scoring averages in Wildcats history over her first three collegiate campaigns.


"Kaitlin's performance today earned her a tremendous opportunity to compete against some of the best in the world," said Wildcats head coach Emily Fletcher, the 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year. "Measuring herself against such a competitive field, particularly as someone with professional aspirations, will be a great experience and certainly pay dividends as she prepares for her final season of college golf. We're so proud of her."


Similar to last year, proceeds from the tournament (won in a playoff by Mirim Lee) and each of the week's festivities will benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries throughout the Midwest. The inaugural Meijer LPGA Classic presented by Kraft raised more than $600,000 for the Simply Give program.


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