The 110th North & South Women’s Amateur — Meet the Elite

The 110th North and South Women’s Amateur field is a stunning one. Alongside the men’s Amateur, the North and South Women’s Championship, played at Pinehurst, is one of the nation’s longest consecutive running amateur championships.

It began as a means to afford golfers a competitive arena and to generate publicity for a five-year old resort named Pinehurst.  Its name was crested to foster good relations between geographic regions that only a generation earlier had battled in the Civil War.

The mission over the years has been simple, according to Richard Tufts of Pinehurst’s founding family: “To provide an annual gathering of these who love the game, rather than a spectacle.”

Two years after the Men’s Championship began in 1900, the Women’s Championship was born and now celebrates its 110th year.  It has become one of the most sought after women’s amateur titles and routinely displays the talents of players who are seen competing on the LPGA.

“Pinehurst has been a bastion of amateur golf for over a century,” says Pinehurst President Don Padgett. “It is amateur golf at its best.”

Pinehurst is proud to continue this time-honored tradition.

And its champions are among the legends of the game: Babe Zaharias, Louise Suggs, Peggy Kirk, Donna Andrews, Brandie Burton, Brittany Lang, Morgan Pressel and Yani Tseng.

And now, as the 110th North and South Women’s Amateur soon begins, meet some of the elite players in the field:

MORIYA JUTANUGARN

North Hollywood, Calif., 17,

Rankings – Amateur Golf: 1; R&A: 8, Women’s Amateur Golf Rankings: 10

Notes: Moriya is one of two Jutanugarns with high profiles in amateur golf along with younger sister Ariya, who has consistently ranked higher than her elder sibling. Moriya took steps to close the gap in early 2012 on the Florida Orange Blossom Tour. She bettered her younger sister to win the South Atlantic Amateur Championship (The Sally), with Ariya finishing three shots adrift in second place. Moriya also finished third in the Harder Hall the week before her victory, and second in the Dixie Amateur Championship the week before. In 2011, the amateur from Bangkok was runner-up in the US Women’s Amateur Championship. Moriya’s Sally win earned her a spot in the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship …Appeared in 2012 U.S. Open…Made cut at 2011 U.S. Open…Appeared in 2011 LPGA State Farm Classic.

JAYE GREEN

Boca Raton, Fla., 18

Rankings – AmGolf: 2, R&A: 12, WAGR: 12

Notes: Appeared in 2012 U.S. Open… Green played on the 2011 US Junior Solheim Cup team that retained the trophy at Knightsbrook Golf Resort in Ireland. She was the leading US scorer, totaling 2 1/2 points. A native of Boca Raton, Florida, Green won the 2011 South Atlantic Amateur Championship (The Sally), was runner up at the 2011 LPGA Futures Tour Daytona Invitational, and won both the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic and the 2011 Ping Junior Invitational. In March 2012 she played in her first major championship when she was invited to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

AUSTIN ERNST

Seneca, S.C., 20, LSU

Rankings:Am Golf: 12, R&A 16, GolfWeek College: 20

Notes: 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Championship Medalist…Appeared in 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship, the only college player in the field…Made the cut at the Nabisco, finishing 49th…2011 NGCA, Golfweek First-Team All-American…2011 NGCA All-Scholar Athlete Team…2011 SEC Second Team…2011 SEC Freshman Team…2011 Freshman SEC Academic Honor Roll…2011 LSWA  All-Louisiana First Team.

DORIS CHEN

Bradenton, Fla., 19, Southern California

Rankings: Am Gof: 7, GW College 12

Notes: Appeared in 2012 U.S. Open…2011 North & South Runner-up…Appeared in 2011 U.S Open…Won U.S. Junior Girls Championship in 2010…2010 Rolex Junior All-American First team…Played on winning U.S. team in Junior Ryder Cup in 2010.

BREANNA ELLIOTT

Melbourne, Australia, 20

Rankings: R&A6, WAGR: 11

Notes: 2012 New South Wales Stoke Play 2012 West Australian Amateur 2012 West Australian Stroke Play 2012 South Australian Stroke Play 2012 Australian Amateur – R/up 2011 Lake Macquarie Amateur Winner 2011 St Rule Trophy R/up (UK) 2010 Queensland stroke Play Winner.

Players in the North and South Women’s Amateur field who have appeared in the U.S. Open: 8 (Moroya Jutanugarn, Jaye Green, Emma Talley, Doris Chen, Ashley Armstrong, Katherine Perry, Gabriela Lopez and Kelly Shon.)

 

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