Amateur Players to Watch
A field of 44 amateur players will tee it up June 3-7 at Lockwood Folly Country Club in Holden Beach, NC in the Women’s Southern Golf Association 2019 Amateur Championship.
Defending champion Calynne Rosholt, a 16-year-old from Cedar Park, TX will be on hand to try to capture her second consecutive WSGA title in this prestigious tournament, which has been contested for over 100 years. Joining Calynne in the field will be her older sister Chandler.
The younger Rosholt went wire-to-wire last year to win the 103rd WSGA Amateur held at NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, AL Calynne opened play with a stellar qualifying round of 66 to claim medalist honors and rolled through the field in match play to capture the trophy. Rosholt is in the 2021 class and is a verbal commit to Arizona State.
Another top junior player in the field is Sadie Engleman of Austin, a verbal commit to Stanford in the Class of 2020. Engleman is the #7 ranked Rolex AJGA player and a 3-time Rolex All-American.
One of the contenders in this year’s event will be Lauren Greenlief, a former University of Virginia player who won the 2015 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship. Greenlief also made the Round of 16 in the inaugural USGA Four-Ball. She was also named the Woman Golfer of the Year in Virginia in 2018.
Of the 44 players in the championship 12 are juniors. Among the colleges represented are Virginia, LSU, Texas A&M, Furman, Florida, UNC Wilmington, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Mercer, Texas-El Paso, Florida State, Middle Tennessee, McNeese State, Campbell, University of North Georgia, Ole Miss and Murray State.
Florida has the most players in the field with 10, followed by Texas with 8. Host North Carolina will be represented by 6 players, Georgia with 5, Louisiana with 4, South Carolina with 3, Alabama with 2 and Virginia with 1. Other states represented with Southern college players are Iowa, Arizona, Kansas, New York and Kentucky.
Defending 2018 Amateur Champion Calynne Rosholt receiving her trophy from WSGA President Janie Carpenter.