Top Amateur golfers from throughout the South will be at Lockwood Folly Country Club in Holden Beach, NC June 3-7 for the Women’s Golf Association Amateur and Mid Amateur Championships.
Among the players who have won the coveted Southern Amateur are current LWGA major winners Lexi Thompson and Stacy Lewis. Collegiate standouts Mika Liu (Stanford), Alex Wright (Ohio State) and Sierra Brooks (Florida) are also recent winners of the title. Assistant editor at Golf Digest Haly Leadbetter is also a former Southern Champion.
“The picturesque Lockwood Folly golf course will be an awesome setting for our championships in June,” said WSGA President Janie Carpenter. “We are expecting a stellar group of competitors in each tournament, including some of the top collegiate and junior players in the South.”
Lockwood Folly features tree-lined fairways with massive oaks, stately pines and abundant wildlife. The course was designed by Willard Byrd and built in 1988 on a former hunting preserve.
The course features narrow holes with shot-making at a premium. Water hazards come in to play on 15 holes. The #18 signature hole is a par-5 slight dogleg with water coming into play twice. The oceans behind this green so most days you are playing it directly into the wind. The course is so close to the Atlantic Ocean golfers can hear the roar of the surf throughout their round.
Holden Beach is located on the Carolina coast midway between Myrtle Beach, SC and Wilmington, NC.
Both the Amateur and Mid Amateur Championships will get underway with a qualifying round on Monday, June 3. Match play starts June 4 with the champions to be determined in the title matches Friday, June 7.
Defending Amateur Champion is 16-year-old Calynne Roshult of Cedar Park, TX Defending Mid Amateur Champion is Susan West of Tuscaloosa, AL.
Keep an eye out for more tournament information as it becomes available in the coming months.
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