The Dogwood course at Lakewood Golf Club.
Photo courtesy The Lakewood Club.
Some of the leading golfers in America will be traveling to Lakewood Golf Course in Point Clear to compete in the 59th annual U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The United States Golf Association (USGA) tournament is set for September 12 – 17, 2020.
“The Lakewood Club, in partnership with The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, is thrilled to host our third USGA Championship,” said Niall Fraser, director of golf at Lakewood. “The event is near to our hearts and we look forward to continuing to be a part of this championship’s prestigious history.”
This will be the third USGA championship to be played at Lakewood. Previous tournaments took place in 1974 and 1986.
The oldest golf course in Baldwin County, Lakewood was constructed in 1947 by Perry Maxwell. Among the celebrities who have tested the fairways lined with 200-year-old oaks are President Gerald Ford, the Rev. Billy Graham and actor Bob Hope.
The 36-hole tract is a part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The course has been named to Golf Magazine’s “Best Golf Resorts in America” on numerous occasions.
By the tournament date, both courses being used in competition — Dogwood and Azalea — will have completed a multi-year remodel. The addition or expansion of 10 water features over the span of the 36 holes will test all participants.
According to the golf course’s website, the 72-par Dogwood course winds around marshes and features a spectacular collection of par-3 holes. The green on the 17th hole is surrounded by water on three sides.
This is the eighth championship played in Alabama. In 2018, the U.S. Women’s Open was at Shoal Creek Golf Club near Birmingham.
The Women’s Amateur is open to any female golfer age 50 or older with a handicap index not to exceed 14.4. The field consists of 132 players, who gain entry by way of sectional qualifying at sites nationwide or through an exemption category.
The format includes two rounds of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play, with the low 64 scorers in stroke play qualifying for match play.
For additional information, visit 2020usseniorwomensamateurchampionship.com or call the pro shop at 251-990-6312.
Spring Hill sweeps titles
It took four years for the Spring Hill College (SHC) athletic teams to navigate their way through the grueling process to compete in the National College Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II. Their opponents properly wish the wait had been longer.
The Badgers had already won the league titles in women’s volleyball, women’s golf and men’s soccer. The beach volleyball team finished third in the nation on Easter Sunday. With all this success, SHC will soon need to expand its trophy case as two more championships have been earned.
The women’s softball team and the men’s baseball squad captured their respective Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) tournament titles. Each club now qualifies for the NCAA playoffs, something that was not allowed until the membership process was complete.
“The whole coaching staff, we’re all extremely proud of them,” said second-year head coach Steve Kittrell, who was named SIAC Coach of the Year for winning his first collegiate softball conference tournament. He won nine conference tournament titles during a 26-year college baseball career.
Sophomore Hannah Brenton was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after pitching three complete games. In the 3-1 win over Tuskegee University, she allowed one unearned run and struck out eight.
Brenton was on the all-tournament team with catcher Aly Fowler (.833 slugging percentage, six runs scored) and second baseman Delaney Thomas (.444 batting average, three runs batted in).
Brenton was previously named the SIAC Pitcher of the Year. She was on the first-team list with Fowler, Thomas and outfielder Carolina Hart. First baseman Carmen Byrd and pitcher Morgan Kramer were on the second-team unit for SHC, which started the year 3-10 but is now 30-19 going into the playoffs.
For the baseball team, defending SIAC champion Albany State took a quick 2-0 lead in the title match. However, a grand slam by Daniel Rodriguez put the Badgers on top for good as the team would go on to a 17-5 victory.
“Sometimes you get hot, and we were hitting everything,” said head coach Frank Sims, whose team outscored its opponents 55-14 in the tournament. Sims was named the SIAC Coach of the Year.
Brennan Fontenot was the tourney’s Most Valuable Player. The catcher ended the series with 10 runs batted in and a .688 batting average.
Rodriguez finished the game with nine runs batted in, a SHC single-game record. He was named to the all-tournament team with Grayson Williams, who had a two-run homer in the game, and A.J. Fell, who struck out seven batters in the semifinals.
Rodriguez was on the SIAC first-team list for the regular season. Also honored from the Badgers, who will enter regional play with a 29-20 record, were Fontenot, third baseman Mason Bonnaffons and outfielder Luke Wall.
UMobile rallies for softball title
Because of numerous weather delays, the University of Mobile’s softball team faced a formidable task. It had to win three straight games in one day to capture the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) tournament.
The team started with a 5-4 win over Martin Methodist that went 12 innings. This put it into the title round with previously unbeaten Blue Mountain. The Rams won 4-2 to set up a winner-take-all showdown.
The tournament trophy came home to Mobile as it picked up the 2-1 victory thanks to a double by Allison Vincent that drove home the deciding runs. This gave the Rams a sweep of titles, as the team also won the regular season crown.
Hope Cain was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as she pitched 19 of the 25 innings that day. She joined Vincent and Erika Greek on the all-tournament team. For the regular season, Greek was named the SSAC Pitcher of the Year while Alison Sellers-Cook was Coach of the Year. Maddie Burchell, Greek and Cain were on the first-team unit while Vincent, Emily Fleetwood, Savannah Woodruff and Kaylee Pullin were on the second-team list. The Rams took a 48-11 record into the opening round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic (NAIC) playoffs at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex this week.
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