Twenty-two LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Alumni compete at this week's U.S. Women's Amateur
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 12, 2010 - LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) alumni descended upon Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, N.C., this week for the playing of the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship conducted by the USGA. In all, 22 players introduced to the game through Girls Golf teed it up for the 36-hole qualifying rounds to compete for the prestigious and coveted U.S. Women's Amateur trophy. Three alumni, including co-medalist Rachel Rohanna, a sophomore at Ohio State University, Amira Alexander and Calle Nielson, advanced to the match-play rounds.
"It is thrilling to see participants in the program be a part of shaping the future of the game and more importantly terrific role models for girls and young women," said Allison Jarrett, USGA Director of Regional Affairs - South. "The USGA is pleased to be a part of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf in partnership with the LPGA."
Many current LPGA stars, including three-time LPGA Tour winner Brittany Lincicome, were introduced to the game through Girls Golf. "When I was younger, I loved golf and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program provides an outlet for girls to grow their passion for the game," said Lincicome, the National Ambassador for LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. "I think it is a fantastic program that girls should get involved with to develop their love of the sport. It helped me."
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is the LPGA's primary initiative to help grow the game of golf among young girls across the United States. Founded in 1989, Girls Golf has nearly 200 sites across the country and reaches over 6,000 girls yearly from the ages of 7 to 17. While the girls are taught all areas of the game, they also learn the values inherent in the game itself - patience, perseverance, honesty, and respect.
Rolex Rankings No. 2 Cristie Kerr echoed the benefits of the game when she recently hosted a junior clinic at the CityParks Junior Golf Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., "Golf is a great game for kids to learn life lessons, discipline, fair play, competition," said Kerr. "You can work hard and see the returns from it. It's a place you can go and be with your friends or escape from the every day stress of life. Golf is cool."
The LPGA and the USGA are committed to further promote the growth and the future of girls' golf in the United States.
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