2019 WSGA Senior Championship

August 29, 2019

A record number of entries have been received for the 34th Annual WSGA Senior Championship, including those of 6 former senior champions and 2 recent Mid-Amateur winners.

The 112-person field filled within 72 hours and as of this week there were an additional 48 players on the wait list, according to Entry Chair Susan Hall.

This year’s event is to be contested on the Cotton Creek Course at the Arnold Palmer designed Craft Farms Golf Resort in Gulf Shores, Al.  Tournament dates are Nov. 5-7.

“Given the attractive location and the history of this Championship this year’s event filled in record time,” said WSGA Tournament Chair Susan West. “The white beaches of Gulf Shores will offer a great experience and we should have very pleasant weather. The ladies will be in for a treat with some new things that we have planned to ensure everyone has a terrific time.”

Cotton Creek is a challenging layout that puts a premium on keeping the ball in the fairway. The course has a coastal feel with dwarf Bermuda grasses and numerous lakes that meander through the property.

Back to defend her title is 2018 champion Anna Schultz of Texas, a 3-time Senior winner. Schultz also won the event back-to-back in 2006 and 2007. Another 3-time WSGA Senior Champion in the star-studded field is Mina Hardin of Texas, who won the title in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Perennial contender Taffy Brower of Florida will also be competing in the event. Brower won this championship in both 2004 and 2012 and has won the Super Senior title the past two years. The other 2-time winner playing will be Carolyn Creekmore of Florida, who won the event in 2008 and 2015.

Other former Senior champions in the field are Julie Harrison of Louisiana (2016) and Chris Spivey of Alabama (1999). Also looking to compete for the title are recent  WSGA Mid-Amateur winners Susan West of Alabama and Tanna Richard of Arkansas.

The event gets underway Monday, Nov. 4 with registration and the practice round. This will be followed that evening with the Welcome Party to be hosted in the Palmer Room in the plantation-style clubhouse.

The 54-hole stroke play event will begin Tuesday, Nov. 5 and run through Thursday, Nov. 7 with a shotgun start each day. An Awards Luncheon will be held at the conclusion of play Nov. 7.

“We are excited to host this year’s Championship at Cotton Creek and we are grateful for the team at Craft Farms,” said Chairman West. “We would also like to thank Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism for their support of this event.” Local chairman of the tournament is Sha Carter of Gulf Shores.


Mary Jane Hiestand wins 2019 Mid-Amateur Championship

June 7, 2019

WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship

Mary Jane Hiestand of Naples, Florida captured her first Women’s Southern Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship Friday with a 2&1 victory over Southern Mississippi golf coach, Luck Nunn of Hattiesburg, MS.  The tournament was held at the picturesque Lockwood Folly Country Club in Holden Beach, NC.

Hiestand earned her spot in the final with a 2 up win over defending champion Susan West of Tuscaloosa, AL in the semifinals late Thursday.  Nunn made her way to the final via a 2&1 semifinal win over reigning WSGA Senior Champion, Anna Schultz of Heath, TX.

The winner, who shot a 79 in Monday’s qualifying round, came in as the #5 seed.  Nunn, the youngest competitor in the Mid-Amateur field, shot 77, which gave her the #2 seed.

Hiestand opened match play with a 9&7 win over local player Diane Sandoval.  She then defeated Carol Davies 3&1 and Carolyn Creekmore 6&5 before taking on West in the semifinals.

Nunn drew a bye in the opening round and then defeated Mimi Hoffman 5&4 in the second round of match play.  She defeated Julie Harrison of Baton Rouge, LA 2&1 in the quarterfinals.

Jirapon Carlson of Macon, GA came back from an opening round loss to Nancy Beck of Dallas, TX 7&5 to move through the Mid-Amateur Consolation bracket and claim that title.  Carlson defeated Leslie Henry of Dallas 4&2 in the championship match Friday morning.

Carlson recorded wins over Laura DeCillis 8&6, Becky Mitchell 3&2 and Julie Robichaux 1 up en route to the title match.  Henry, who moved to the consolation side following a 3&2 loss to Connie Bousquet of Mandeville, LA in her opener, then got a second round bye.  Her wins came over Evelyn Blackmon 1up and Melissa Gotfredson 7&6.

Medalist honors in the Mid-Amateur went to Susan Temple of Vero Beach, FL.  Temple shot a 76 in the qualifier to earn the top seed.  The 2.4 handicapper plays out of Quail Valley Golf Club.


Calynne Rosholt wins 2019 Amateur Championship

June 7, 2019

WSGA Amateur Champion

Calynne Rosholt successfully defended her Women’s Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship Friday morning with a 5&4 win over Hannah Berman. Lockwood Folly Country Club in Holden Beach, NC was the site of this year’s championship, which featured some outstanding golf played by top amateurs from throughout the South.

Rosholt, a 16-year-old from Cedar Park, TX, came into match play as the #4 seed after shooting a 73 in the qualifying round. Berman was the #7 seed following her 74 in the qualifier.

The winner opened match play with a 2&1 win over Elizabeth Caldarelli. Her toughest match came in the second round when she had to play 25 holes before defeating Abbey Daniel of Covington, LA. She followed that up with a 5&4 win over Ole Miss player Kennedy Swann and a 1-up win over Megan Schofill. Schofill will join the Auburn golf team in the fall.

Berman, a Ponte Vedra Beach, FL resident, plays at Jacksonville University. She opened play with a 2 up win over Katharine Patrick and followed with a 19 hole win over Riley Smyth. She then recorded a big 1-up win over one of the tournament favorites Lauren Greenlief of Virginia, a former USGA Mid-Amateur Champion. Berman defeated Emma Whitaker in the semifinals 1 up to get a spot in the championship match.

In the Consolation of the Championship Emily Hawkins of Lexington, NC, defeated Britta Snyder of Ames, Iowa 3&1.

UNC Wilmington golfer Amy Wooten defeated Murray State golfer Anna Moore 2 up in the Amateur First Flight Championship.

In the First Flight Consolation Finals LSU golfer Alden Wallace of Shreveport, LA defeated Carson Roberts 3&2. Roberts, who is from Dalton, GA, plays at the University of North Georgia.

Co-Medalist honors in the Southern Amateur  went to Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, NC and Lauren Greenlief of Ashburn, VA, who both fired an impressive 69 in the qualifying round.

One of the highlights of the week was a hole-in-one for LSU golfer Mary Chauvin. She recorded her first-ever ace in Tuesday’s opening round of match play on #11. She used an 8 iron on the 147-yard Par 3.

Outgoing WSGA President Janie Carpenter and board members who ran the championship had a lot of help from Lockwood Folly Head Professional Eric Morgan and a group of some 85 local volunteers.

 

 


2019 Amateur/Mid-Amateur Championships

An outstanding group of golfers from throughout the South will be competing in the championships, including defending Amateur Champion Calynne Rosholt of Texas and last year’s Mid-Amateur winner Susan West of Alabama. The events will be hosted at Lockwood Folly Country Club in Holden Beach, NC June 3-7.

Among those entered in the Amateur Championships are collegiate players from the University of Virginia, LSU, Alabama, Furman, Mercer, Texas A&M, Florida, UNC Wilmington, Oklahoma State and others. There are also several top-ranked juniors scheduled to compete.

In the Mid-Amateur event, defending champion Susan West will be faced with taking on some of the best Mid-Amateur and Senior talent from around the South. Looking to be a strong contender will be current Southern Mississippi Coach Lucy Nunn, a former WSGA Amateur Champion with a long list of credentials.

Reigning WSGA Senior Champion Anna Schultz of Texas will also be looking to add a Mid-Amateur title to her resume. Other former WSGA Senior champions in the field are Julie Harrison of Louisiana and Carolyn Creekmore, a longtime resident of Texas who has relocated to Florida.

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 Hally 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 ocean 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.


Amateur/Mid-Amateur at Lockwood Folly

The WSGA is pleased to announce that two-time WSGA Champion and 2018 winning Curtis Cup Captain Virginia Derby-Grimes will be the guest speaker at the Welcome Party the evening of the practice round.

The host  club for the event June 3-7 will be Lockwood Folly in Holden Beach, NC. Tournament organizers have made arrangements for players, guests and WSGA board members to be invited to the East Coast Shrimp-a-roo and Barbeque Dinner sponsored by the Town of Holden Beach on Tuesday, June 4.

This event will be held at the River Room and Terrace and kicks off with cocktails (cash bar) at 6:30. Dinner will follow and guests will be entertained by a live beach music band. Attire for the event will be casual.

“We would like to say a big thank you to WSGA Chairman Myrna Robinson and Local Club Chairman Gayle Todd for their efforts in getting our tournament players and officials invited as a part of this year’s event in Holden Beach. This party should be a great diversion for the players following their first day of match play,” said WSGA President Janie Carpenter.

Sunday night’s guest speaker Derby-Grimes won her WSGA titles in 1987 and 1996. She was also runner-up 4 times and has the distinction of losing in the finals to two former champions who went on to be LPGA major winners. These were Lexie Thompson, who defeated Derby-Grimes in 2009, and Stacy Lewis, who won the title in 2007.

In addition to being the winning Curtis Cup captain last June, Virginia competed for the USA on the Curtis Cup team in 1998, 2000 and 2006. She played her college golf at Auburn and went on to coach the golf team at her alma mater from 1991-1994. She was inducted into Auburn’s Tiger Trail, which honors outstanding athletes, coaches and administrators, in 2004.

Derby-Grimes won the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship in 1998 and was runner-up in 2004. She won medalist honors in the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship in 1995 and 1997. She was a member of Alabama’s winning team in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship in 1997.

Listing Derby-Grimes’ accomplishments at the state and local  level would be impossible but she has won 5 Alabama Amateur Championships and 3 Mississippi titles. She was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

The WSGA is honored to have Derby-Grimes as a part of their 104th Amateur Championship and 5th Mid- Amateur Championship. “I am so excited that Virginia has agreed to come speak to us at our Welcome Party,” said Host Chairman Robinson, who was instrumental in getting the former champion to come.

Lockwood Folly members and staff are working tirelessly to ensure that this year’s  championships  are among the best ever.