June 07, 2013

84th Women's Am Begins Saturday

The historic Championship will prove to be a test for the top women amateur golfers in Florida

Vero Beach Country Club is hosting prestigious FSGA Women’s Amateur Championship, June 8th to June 12th.  The tournament, which originated in 1927, is played from approximately 6000 yards and will host some of the top women amateur golfers in Florida.  Notable past champions include Cristie Kerr, Taffy Brower, and Meghan Stasi, 2012 champion.
The format for the five day event begins with 36 holes of gross individual stroke play on Saturday and Sunday.  The field is then cut to the top 32 players compete in match play for the Championship.   Round of 32 matches will be played on Monday morning followed by Round of 16 matches Monday afternoon.  Quarterfinal matches commence Tuesday morning with Semi-final matches in the afternoon.  The 18-hole Championship match will be played on Wednesday morning.
Vero Beach Country Club, located in the heart of Vero Beach, is no stranger to hosting championship golf.  “Within the past 3 years we have hosted 6 FSGA Championship tournaments; and we are scheduled to host the FSGA Florida Open Qualifier on July 8, 2013 and the FSGA Senior Amateur in April 2014,” stated host golf professional Randy Hedgecock.  In addition, Vero Beach CC has hosted Indian River County’s most prominent golf tournament, the Grapefruit Pro AM since 1945.  The course is in excellent condition thanks to the stewardship of Golf Superintendent Shane Wright and his staff, and Vero Beach Country Club is ready to welcome spectators.
Vero Beach Country Club opened in 1924 and has been in continuous operation since.  The course in its present character – set among majestic oak trees with flowing Spanish moss, lush sprawling greens and sparkling waterways – retains its old Florida charm.  The first nine holes were renovated in 2004, and the back nine in 2006.  With these improvements the Club switched to Paspalum, a salt tolerant grass. Other notable upgrades include improved drainage, which allows the course to recover quickly after heavy rainfall.  These advancements, together with Golf Superintendent Wrights’s scientific management of plant nutrition, make the course notable for its great year round conditions.
Click here to view Championship pairings.

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