The Spirit International Amateur Golf
Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club recently announced that LPGA marquee
player Stacy Lewis will captain the USA Team. The Spirit International, which
will be played Nov. 7-9 at Whispering Pines, features teams representing 20
countries and showcases the world’s best women and men amateur golfers.
The Spirit International is an Olympic-like
experience that includes an opening ceremony, festive dinner parties and a
closing ceremony. Camp Olympia, one of the premier summer camps in the U.S.,
provides International Village accommodations for the competitors. Established
in 2001 at Whispering Pines, The Spirit International is a biennial event that
is played in alternate years with the World Amateur Team Championships.
Lewis, a decorated amateur who joined
the LPGA Tour in 2008, has a distinguished professional career with 12 tour wins,
including two major titles. The Houston resident returned to play in the first
LPGA event of the year following the birth of her daughter Chesnee last October.
She finished in sixth place after a five-month break from competitive golf. Lewis
currently ranks ninth on the LPGA’s career money list and sixth among active
Lewis also was invited by Whispering
Pines Golf Club’s founder Corby Robertson, Jr. to serve as an ambassador for
the inaugural Spirit Charity Challenge that will be played at the club on Oct.
7. Some of The Spirit International’s top alumni will return to compete in this
special event that will award the winner a prize of $100,000 to donate to the
charity of their choice. The charity tournament should generate excitement for
the November Championship and will be a festive reunion for Spirit
“We are proud of the success we’ve had
to date in bringing the world’s top women and men to compete for their
countries at the No. 1-rated golf course in Texas,” said Robertson. “Our
commitment is to promote global goodwill through the game of golf.”
Eighty players from 20 countries and six
continents compete for gold medals in the 54-hole Spirit International. Each
country is represented by its two best women and two best men. Previous Spirit
International competitors who now are professionals on the LPGA and PGA Tour
include Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Martin
Kaymer, Lexi Thompson, Charley Hull, Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and Brooke
The Spirit Golf Association, a non-profit
charity dedicated to the promotion of amateur golf for the benefit of
health-related causes, organizes and oversees the tournament along with the
Texas Golf Association.
The Spirit Golf Association has
contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities: The Spirit
International Amateur Golf Championship and healthcare service providers such
as Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics, Medical Bridges and The
Immunization Partnership. In 2017, The Spirit Golf Association responded to the
Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by directing funds to Harvey victims through
the United Way, Houston Food Bank, KIPP, Yellowstone Academy and the Baylor
College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics.
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