Pinehurst Resort to host 2021 High School Golf National Invitational

BOSTON - For the second consecutive year, Pinehurst Resort will host both the Boys and Girls High School Golf National Invitational in 2021.
The Girls Invitational, featuring 216 players, will be contested June 23-25. The Boys will follow with 324 players, June 28-30. Both events will be contested in a three-round, 54-hole, stroke-play format.
The High School Golf National Invitational is designed to showcase golf at the highest level on a national scale, bringing together the strongest and most diverse field in high school golf from large, small, public and private high school programs across the United States. It was first played in 2019, with 300 boys and girls representing 43 states. The best high school golf teams and individuals in each state received invitations.
The Girls National Invitational will be played over Pinehurst’s No. 6, No. 8 and No. 9 courses, while the Boys tournament will be held on Pinehurst’s No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 courses. Both events will include team and individual competitions.
Pinehurst Resort is steeped in tradition and has hosted some of golf’s greatest tournaments, including the PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, U.S. Open, Women’s U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur.
“The High School Golf National Invitational is the pinnacle of high school golf and valuable to college coaches seeking hidden talent they may not see on the junior golf circuit,” said National High School Golf Association Manager Chris Noble. “High school golf is vital to the health of the golf industry’s future with 223,000 students playing nationwide. It’s really incredible to bring the event back to Pinehurst Resort, where the players can experience one of the best golf resorts in the world.”
The 2020 Girls Invitational went down to the wire, with Arizona winning with a 3-day total of 920 - 319-292-309 (+56). The individual girl’s title was won by Loralie Cowart of Winston, Georgia, who shot a 3-day total of 216 - 70-74-72 (E).
The 2020 Invitational Boys team division was won by Utah with a three-day score of 903 - 299-312-292 (+39). Utah inched out the boy’s team from Florida by one shot and held off the 2019 Invitational Champions from Virginia by four shots. Anawin Pikulthong from Gilbert, Arizona had a stellar three days in tough conditions to earn the individual medalist title, by shooting a 10-under-par 206 (70-68-68).
The High School Golf National Invitational is conducted by the National High School Golf Association (NHSGA), a division of Nextgengolf, which was acquired by the PGA of America in 2019. The PGA will award a special exemption for tournament medalists into the 2021 Boys Junior PGA Championship and Girls Junior PGA Championship in July 2021. The Invitational is supported by some of the best organizations in junior golf, including the AJGA, Junior Golf Scoreboard and Junior Golf Hub.
SOURCE: PGA of America

USGA to bring championship to Alaska for first time

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. - The USGA announced recently that Anchorage Golf Course in Anchorage, Alaska, will host the 60th U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur.
The championship is scheduled for July 30-Aug. 4, 2022 and will mark the first time the USGA has taken one of its championships to the state of Alaska. Upon completion, the USGA will have hosted a championship in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia.
“It’s a monumental occasion for us to bring a championship to Alaska, something that has been a long time coming,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “Players from all over the country dream of becoming USGA champions, so it is important we bring our events to all corners of the United States to expose golfers and golf fans to the inspiration and competitiveness of our championships. We’re so thankful to Anchorage Golf Course for working with us to make this dream a reality.”
Anchorage Golf Course, located on a hillside overlooking the city of Anchorage, is a municipal golf course designed by architect Bill Newcomb. The 6,600-yard layout features rolling, tree-lined fairways that lead to well bunkered, undulating greens. The course offers views of three mountain ranges, including the tallest peak in North America, Denali (previously named Mount McKinley).
“We’re thrilled and honored to be a part of this historic moment and become the first golf course in Alaska to host a USGA championship,” said Rich Sayers, general manager, Anchorage Golf Course. “To showcase to the world what sort of golf we have here in Alaska, and demonstrate both the challenge and beauty of our golf course on such a grand stage, is something we cannot wait for. The championship can't come soon enough.”
Alaska will join six other states, as well as the District of Columbia, in hosting one USGA championship. Alaska has hosted U.S. Open qualifying every year since 2009 as well as numerous U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur qualifiers.
“Golf at this latitude requires real dedication and commitment to sport, and I know that our scenery, our course and our hospitality will make this championship especially memorable,” said Mayor of Anchorage Ethan Berkowitz. “We are the biggest city in the biggest state and the prestige of hosting this event does us proud.”
The U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is open to any female golfer 50 years of age or older whose Handicap Index does not exceed 14.4. The field will consist of 132 players who will earn entry into the championship via sectional qualifying at sites nationwide or through an exemption category.
The format for the championship 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. The 2019 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur was a matchup of the same two finalists as 2018, and it was won by Lara Tennant of Portland, Ore., who defeated Sue Wooster, 3 and 2, for the second time. While the 2020 championship was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 championship is set for Sept. 10-15 at The Lakewood Club in Point Clear, Ala.


Forest Hills offering autumn golf scrambles

Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse is presenting its Autumn Scramble Series in October.
There will be three Saturday events - Oct. 3, 17 and 24. Each event will have place payouts and hole events.
For players wishing to play in all three events, Forest Hills staff will have a cumulative scoring system for each event with a grand prize for the scramble champion. Golfers playing in all three events will also have their name placed in a hat for special prizes.
The first event is a four-person scramble on Saturday, Oct,. 3, while the remaining scrambles will be two-person events.
Tee times for all three events will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Entry fees for the first two scrambles are $25 per person, plus $39 per person green fees, including cart. All season pass holders are exempt from greens fees.
Entry fees for the Turkey Shoot final scramble is $30 each, plus $39 greens fees, including cart. Again, all season pass holders are exempt from greens fees. As a special prize, each flag event winner receives a turkey.
Men will play from the white tees, men age 62 and older from the gold tees and women from the red tees.
To enter your team, call 608-779-4653, or stop into the pro shop.

Fall rates kick in at Forest Hills Golf Course

Fall has arrived and so have special golf rates at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
Historic Grandad Bluff, neighboring Hixon Forest and hundreds of trees on the 18-hole city-owned course provide a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors.
Fall is a special time for lots of outdoors recreation, especially golf. Lower temperatures, fewer bugs, gnats and mosquitoes, and sunny skies create special memories before winter sets in again.
Fall rates are now in effect and the course is in great condition. For example; 9 holes - walking $14 or $25 with cart; 18 holes - walking $21 or $40 with cart.
Check out all the fall rates for adults ages 24-61, seniors ages 62 and older, students ages 18-23, and juniors ages 17 and younger.
Log onto or call 608-779-4653.

Onalaska’s Weber, DeBoer 8th in State 2-Man Team Championship

BERLIN, Wis - Joe Weber and James DeBoer of Onalaska, finished eighth in the Wisconsin State Golf Association 2-Man Team Championship at Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin on Monday.
Weber and DeBoer posted a 2-over par 78-77-63--218.
Onalaska’s Montana Stewart and Jim Walkley finished 11th with 73-78-68--219, while Benjamin Bobinski of Suamico and Onalaska’s Ben Socha were 17th with 72-81-69--222.
In the Senior Division, Greg Johnson of Black River Falls and Rhinelander’s John Hogan shared ninth place with 75-82-64-221 in the Championship Division. Steve Etrheim of Plover and Tom Wilson from La Crescent, Minn., finished with a three-way tie for 12th place with 72-84-69-225. Jim Socha and Mike Bistodeau, both from Onalaska, finished 20th with 79-86-69--234, and Onalaska’s Michael Borgen and Rick Stewart tied for 21st place with 80-89-71-248.