WSGA Amateur Players to Watch

WSGA Amateur
May 23, 2018

A strong field will tee it up June 4-8 in the 103rd Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship which will be hosted at picturesque NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Some 23 colleges and universities from throughout the South will be represented along with some top junior players and some outstanding amateurs. Leading the way will be 2015 WSGA Champion Sierra Brooks, who competes for the University of Florida.

Play gets underway Monday, June 4 with the qualifying round. Match play begins on Tuesday, June 5 and continues through the finals on Friday, June 8. There are 45 players in the Amateur field, with the low 32 from the qualifying round headed to match play to compete for the title. The remaining 13 will comprise the first flight.

The best-represented university will be Louisville, which will have 4 players from their squad in the field. Louisville is coming off a 15th place finish in the NCAA Championships this week. Joining Brooks from the Florida Gators will be teammate Lauren Waidner.

Among the SEC schools represented along with Florida will be Georgia, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Ole Miss and Arkansas. Other schools include Jacksonville State, Virginia, Central Florida, Troy, Memphis, Furman, Georgia Southern, Samford, Old Dominion, East Tennessee, Western Kentucky, Stetson, Snead State, UNCG and Appalachian State.

Among the 10 junior players in the field is returning Junior Medalist Elle Nachmann of Boca Raton, FL, who won the Marty Webb trophy last year with a qualifying score of 75.

Representing the host club will be former University of Alabama player Cammie Bentley, who sports one of the lowest handicaps in the field with a +3.5. Also competing on their home course will be twin sisters Kate and Caroline MacVicar. Bentley, who played for the Crimson Tide from 2014-2017, is a former Alabama Amateur Champion.

Following are several of the Players to Watch:

Sierra Brooks

In addition to winning the 2015 WSGA Amateur, Sierra Brooks of Orlando, FL was also runner-up in the USGA Women’s Amateur and winner of the SALLY. She has also played on the winning Jr. Ryder Cup and Jr. Solheim Cup teams. Brooks began her collegiate career at Wake Forest but after being sidelined with an injury in 2016 returned home to Florida and joined the Lady Gators squad in 2017.

Lauren Hartlage

Leading a contingent of 4 University of Louisville players in this year’s WSGA Amateur is junior Lauren Hartlage of Elizabethtown, KY Hartlage is fresh off leading her team to a 15th place finish in the NCAAs and capturing All ACC honors for the second straight year. She was Freshman of the Year in the conference last year.