“WSGA is thrilled to be at a championship venue like NorthRiver for our prestigious Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships,” said Janie Carpenter, WSGA Board President. “We take great pride in our tournaments and look forward to being in Tuscaloosa.”
Steeped in tradition, the WSGA has held its amateur tournament for over 100 years, with many
participants and winners going on to play in the LPGA. Notable past participants include Dori Carter, Stacy Lewis, Lexi Thompson, and Louise Scruggs.
Each tournament will host 48 players who will travel with their families from all over the south to participate. WSGA Board members estimate the tournaments will bring almost $400,000 in revenue to the community.
“The hospitality of our town was so good that the WSGA was thrilled when NorthRiver stepped up to host this year's championships,” said Susan West, Secretary of the WSGA Board of Directors and Championship participant.
Registration and practice rounds for the championships are June 3, with qualifying on June 4. Match play gets underway on June 5, and the finals are scheduled for June 8. The featured social event is the Players Dinner in NorthRiver’s dining room overlooking the picturesque 18th hole.
This has been quite the year for Alabama women in golf. The USGA Women’s Open Championship was held at Shoal Creek in Birmingham in the days leading up to the WSGA tournaments. The Women’s Open offered a great opportunity for more experienced competitors and a potential learning experience for amateurs who chose to watch.
The WSGA also offers opportunities for young women golfers. Last year’s WSGA scholarship winner, Molly Ann Norris of Winfield, now attends Birmingham Southern College. Each year, the WSGA awards a four-year scholarship to a graduating senior who not only has an interest in golf, but who also excels academically.
Supporting young women in the game of golf, either through hosting tournaments or providing scholarships, is all a part of the mission of WSGA. For decades, volunteers have continued these traditions with same ultimate goal.
“There is a lot of work, both beforehand and behind-the-scenes and up-front during tournament week, that goes into planning one of these championships, and the committee has been working on this for over nine months,” West said. “We are grateful for our local volunteers and the membership at NorthRiver for being so helpful.”