By: Alexis Witman & Stephanie Dittmer, AJGA Communications
TWITTER FRENZY: At the Players Meeting on Friday night, Tournament Director Julie Kickbusch challenged the girls in attendance to use the AJGA’s Twitter hashtag for the event, #AJGAGirls, when they were talking about or posting pictures of the event. During the tournament weekend, girls posted photos with Nancy Lopez, chatted about clothing choices for the final round and broadcast their scores. Check out their conversations here.
PB&J: Tournament Co-Chairman Scott Hipp prepares infamous peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the field every night and hands them out the next day to girls making the turn. Mrs. Hipp has a special strategy in preparing over 90 sandwiches a day – mixing the peanut butter and jelly in a bowl together before putting it on the bread.
A LEGEND IN OUR MIDST: On Saturday night, Nancy Lopez was honored with the 2012 Betsy Rawls Award. The Betsy Rawls Award is given in honor of great service, dedication, and contribution to women’s golf. Past honorees include; Betsy Rawls, Betsy King and Cindy Davis.
Nancy Lopez started playing golf at the age of eight and turned professional following her sophomore year of college. During her rookie year, Ms. Lopez won nine events, including five consecutive wins, and took home both the Player of the Year and Vare trophies. During her career, Ms. Lopez earned an astounding 48 LPGA victories and was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame and the World Golf Hall of Fame. In 1990, Ms. Lopez competed in the inaugural Solheim Cup for the U.S. Team, and in 2009, captained the victorious United States team in the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
During Saturday’s Betsy Rawls Legacy Dinner, Ms. Lopez shared stories spanning from the beginning of her career to more recent accomplishments with the PING Junior Solheim Cup. Following the dinner, Ms. Lopez took the time to take photos and sign autographs with much of the field and their families.
Sunday afternoon, Ms. Lopez addressed the field, their families, and many Greenville community members in a clinic held at Furman Golf Club. Ms. Lopez shared about the importance of practice, school, and keeping a positive mentality as you play the game.
Look through photos of Nancy’s visit to the AJGA Girls Championship on our Facebook page.
FUTURE TIGERS: Four players in this week’s field; Jessica Hoang, Ashlan Ramsey, Sloan Shanahan, and McKenzie Talbert have committed to continuing their careers just 45 minutes down the road from the tournament site at Clemson University. All four players could be spotted proudly wearing the Tiger’s orange and white during their rounds.
CONTINUING CAREERS: 20 of the 78 girls in the field have already verbally committed or signed National Letter of Intents to play college golf around the country. University’s represented include: University of Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Michigan State. Over 25 university and college coaches took to the Furman Golf Club course during the tournament rounds to scout for future members to add to their teams.