2013 CAROLINAS AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE PLAYED ON THE OCEAN COURSE AT KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT
The Carolinas Golf Association is pleased to announce The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort will be the host site for the 99th Carolinas Amateur Championship on July 11-14, 2013.
This past week The Ocean Course was host for the 94th PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy in record setting fashion. Named by Golf Digest as the toughest in America, The Ocean Course proved to be a great test of golf for the entire field.
“Kiawah Island Golf Resort and The Ocean Course are excited to host the 99th playing of the Carolinas Amateur Championship,” stated Brian Gerard, Director of Golf at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “We look forward to showcasing our facility to the best amateurs in the Carolinas next summer after hosting the best players in the world this past week at the PGA Championship.”
The Carolinas Amateur Championship is the signature event of the Carolinas Golf Association. A record 550 entrants registered to compete in the 2012 event held at Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, NC.
“Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Carolinas Golf Association have a great relationship,” CGA President Dick Dosek stated. “Kiawah’s commitment to amateur golf is exemplified by hosting our premier championship at their premier venue.”
This event will be the seventh CGA championship hosted by Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the fourth Carolinas Amateur contested on the barrier island and the second event played on The Ocean Course. The Ocean Course previously hosted the CGA’s South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship in 1995 which was won by Charleston’s Bert Atkinson. Kiawah Island’s Turtle Point course hosted the 1987, 1992 and 2006 Carolinas Amateur.
This will be the 99th Carolinas Amateur, which was first played at Sans Souci Country Club (now Greenville CC) in 1910, less than a year after the CGA was organized in Charleston.
“For Kiawah to open its doors to us right after the PGA Championship shows their commitment to their neighbors here in the Carolinas”, reflected Jack Nance, Executive Director of the Carolinas Golf Association. “This gesture means a great deal to us and shows why the Carolinas remains the greatest golfing region in the country.”
The Ocean Course has become only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America’s major championships. Probably no other golf course in the world outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland is affected as much by the wind. From one round to the next, a player can experience up to an 8-club difference on holes depending upon the direction and strength of the wind. Built in 1991 by Pete Dye, there are no prevailing winds on the course. Dye took this into account when designing the course. In fact, he designed two courses into one – one for an easterly wind and one for a westerly wind.
The Ocean Course gained instant notoriety as the host of the most dramatic “War by the Shore,” a battle decided literally by the final putt of Sunday’s final match in 1991’s Ryder Cup Matches. In 1997, The Ocean Course hosted the World Cup of Golf, with the world’s finest golfers from 32 countries competing in the stroke play tournament.
The CGA was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golfers. The CGA is the second largest association in the country. With its rich legacy, championship traditions and commitment to the future of the game, the CGA has been a steward of golf in the Carolinas for over one hundred years.