HOUSTON, TEXAS - LPGA member Paige Mackenzie accepted the role of USA Team Captain for the 2013 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, October 30 - November 2 at Whispering Pines Golf Club. Mackenzie was a member of the 2005 Spirit International USA Team, which finished in second place to England.
"I really enjoyed my experience as a Spirit player," says MacKenzie, "It is always an honor to be asked to represent your country and I'm privileged to now serve as the USA Team Captain at this great event."
Before turning professional in September 2006, Mackenzie was a member of the victorious 2006 Curtis Cup team, where she posted a 3-1 record. She was a three time NCAA All-American at the University of Washington, becoming the school's first female golfer to win the Pac-10 Championship individual title and finished her senior year as Golfweek's top woman amateur in the nation.
Established in 2001, the Spirit International is a biennial event that alternates years with the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC). The low 20 countries from the final results at the WATC are invited to participate in The Spirit International. Each country is represented by their top two men and women amateur golfers most who are national champions. The international team competition is based on the combined best ball of the men's team and the women's team. Medals are also awarded for team and individual competitions.
Former Spirit International Team Champions include Mexico, led to victory by Lorena Ochoa in 2001. In 2003, the USA captured Gold with top performances by teammates Paula Creamer and Brandt Snedeker. England won back-to-back International Team Gold medals in 2005 and 2007. LPGA star Paula Creamer returned in 2009 as USA Team Captain and motivated the USA team to win the Gold medal. In 2011, former USGA Executive Director David B. Fay captained USA Team players Nathan Smith, Kelly Kraft, Austin Ernst and Emily Tubert to a second consecutive Gold medal.
Spirit International founder Corby Robertson, Jr. says, "Our commitment is to promote global goodwill through the game of golf. Not only does the Spirit International showcase the best men and women amateur golfers from around the world, it gives these players the opportunity to establish friendships and, ultimately, to leave the tournament with lasting memories that reach far beyond the golf course."
Whispering Pines Golf Club was designed by Chet Williams, and since opening in 2000, has received impressive national and statewide recognition. Golf Digest named Whispering Pines as the #3 Best New Private Courses in America in 2000. Currently all four major golf publications (Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golfweek and Links Magazine) list Whispering Pines in their Top 100 Golf Courses in America rankings. Statewide the Dallas Morning News has ranked Whispering Pines Golf Club as the #1 golf course in Texas for eight consecutive years.
The Spirit Golf Association, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is responsible for the Whispering Pines membership program and tournament management of The Spirit International. The Texas Golf Association, a USGA Regional Golf Association, is the governing association for The Spirit International competition.
For more information on The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship please contact Tournament Director Eric Fredricksen at 281-298-2610 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official website: www.thespiritgolf.com.