Golf Plus | Sara Bay to host 100th Women's Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship


The 100th Women's Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship is slated for June 1-5 at Sara Bay Country Club.

One stroke play qualifying round is scheduled before match play is conducted with the top 32 players.

Florida golfers have the most entries in the 48-player field with 22 players, including some golfers from IMG Academy such as Rinko Mitsunaga, who recently captured the U.S. Women's Four-Ball with Mika Liu, Hannah Haythorne and Jaravee Boonchant.

Liu, who also is from IMG Academy and won the tournament last year, is returning to defend her title. The 2013 champion, Bradenton's Hally Leadbetter is slated to tee it up, too.

The tournament's arrival to Sara Bay marks the first time since 2003 that the event will be contested in the Sunshine State and the first time players will compete for the Southern Amateur crown in Manatee County.

The event also will debut the Mid-Amateur Championship with 48 players split into three flights of 16 for the match play portion following one stroke play qualifying round.

Mid-amateurs are 25 years old or older, and the tourney is held in conjunction with the Amateur Championship.

The last local qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open in Florida is scheduled for Thursday at Estero's Old Corkscrew Golf Club.

It's the final chance for Manatee County golfers to earn a spot in the sectional qualifiers, slated for June 8 across the country.

Bradenton's Sean Jacklin, Chris Kennedy and Domenico Geminiani are three of the area professionals taking aim at the difficult Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Corkscrew.

Recent high school stars such as Philip Knowles (Bradenton Christian senior), Jordan Miller (Bradenton Christian alum, Florida Gulf Coast sophomore) and Danny Walker (Lakewood Ranch alum, Virginia freshman) are in the field, too.


On Jan. 16 at Greens of Manatee, Wayne Hargett aced the 116-yard 4th hole with a 7-iron. Witness was Bob Burns.

On March 21 at Pinebrook-Ironwood, Joan Conrad aced the 109-yard 17th hole with an 5-iron. Witnesses were Claude Liberty and Dave Volin.

On March 23 at Tara Golf & Country Club, Mike Morgan aced the 160-yard 4th hole with a 5-iron. Witnesses were Harry Lignan, Virgil Rannich and Derrek Schansberz.

On March 23 at Tara Golf & Country Club, Jerry Prazek aced the 145-yard 4th hole with a 7-iron. Witnesses were Ron Gleis, Garry Figg and Bill Albert.

On March 24 at Terra Ceia, Joe Corvaia aced the 133-yard 8th hole with a 5-wood. Witnesses were Jim LaBrecque, Dave Roberts and Shirley LaBrecque.

On March 25 at Peridia, Ron Depke aced the 124-yard 16th hole with a pitching wedge. Witnesses were Nick Petti and Cap Welles.

On March 29 at Bradenton Country Club, Arlene Purdum aced the 105-yard 16th hole with an 11-wood. Witnesses were Bob Purdum, John Turbeville and Patty Turbeville.

-- Jason Dill, Herald staff writer