Mackenzie Selected for Top International Amateur Event
Oct. 5, 2005
Seattle - Washington senior women's golfer Paige Mackenzie is one of four players who will represent the United States at next week's The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. The tournament features some of the world's best men and women amateur golfers from 24 invited countries. The field will compete for international team, gender team and individual honors.
The Spirit will take place October 12-15 at Whispering Pines Golf Club, located outside Trinity, Texas (88 miles north of Houston).
The tournament format includes 72 holes of four-ball stroke play competition with the combined men and women teams' four-ball score used to determine the International Team Champion. The top three places are awarded medals.
In addition to Mackenzie, the U.S. team will include Amanda McCurdy, Anthony Kim and Jamie Lovemark. McCurdy is a senior at Arkansas who was the runner-up at the 2004 U.S. Amateur Championship. Kim is a junior at Oklahoma who was ranked the top men's collegiate golfer by Golfworld in its preseason poll. He was a member of the United States' victorious Walker Cup team last summer. Lovemark won the Western Amateur Championship last summer.
The Spirit is a biennial golf event that is conducted by the World Health & Golf Association, a non-profit organization that is supported by a membership program, sponsors and over 400 volunteers.
The 24 participating countries have earned an invitation to The Spirit through their performance at the 2004 World Amateur Team Championships played in Puerto Rico last October. The Spirit is played during the alternate years of the World Amateur event and is the only international golf event that simulates Olympic-like competition for men and women golfers.
The confirmed list of participating countries is as follows: Argentina, England, Mexico, Scotland, Australia, Finland, Netherlands, South Africa, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, Greece, Philippines, Switzerland, Chile, Italy, Puerto Rico, United States of America, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Russian Federation and Wales.
In 2003 the USA won the team titles for men, women and international team. The USA's Paula Creamer won the women's individual title while Chinarat Padungsil of Thailand captured the men's championship.