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December 27, 2013

Gaillardia to host 2014 Women’s Southern Amateur

OKLA. CITY — Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City has been chosen as the site of the 99th Women’s Southern Amateur, June 2-5, 2014.

The country club has formed a host tournament committee to assist the WSGA in advance arrangements for the tournament and to provide spotters and cart driver/caddies.

The Women’s Southern Amateur is a match-play format with a qualifying round to determine the Championship flight of 32. All others are put into flights of 16.  

The tournament attracts some of the best amateur women of the 15-member states and the District of Columbia. The names on the Perpetual Trophy read like the history of Golf in the USA with names like Alexis Stirling (1915) Louise Suggs (1941, ‘47), Polly Riley (1948, ’50, ’51, ‘53, ’54) and  with current names like Stacy Lewis  (2007) and Lexi Thomson (2009). The reigning champion is Hally Leadbetter, a University of Arkansas team member from Florida.

In 1936, the Country Club of Oklahoma City hosted the 25th playing of the amateur. WSGA President Carter of Camden, Ark. said the board of directors has been trying to find their way back to Oklahoma for seven decades. After roaming the stately halls of Gaillardia’s 55,000-square-foot clubhouse and playing the old world style links course, Carter is convinced the WSGA will have no trouble enticing its players to make the extra travel efforts to reach this northwestern border of the southern states.

The WSGA was formed in 1911 in Atlanta to provide a competitive tournament to showcase women’s amateur golf in the south. It has been running an annual amateur championship — except for the war years — every since it’s beginning.  

In 1986, a senior championship for those over 50 was added and is played in September or October. The Senior Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event flighted after 36 holes.

THE WSGA website at www.womens-southerngolfassociation.org has more information on the upcoming senior tournament, the history of the organization, the 4-year academic scholarship program, the officers, the directors,  honorary directors, a list of past champions, membership and contact information.

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