Jul. 18—Women's golf has grown tremendously in the last few years, with the 2021 calendar year seeing a percentage of women on the course growing to 25 percent according to the National Golf Foundation.
Sea Island Golf Club took a keen eye to the growth of the women's game and wanted to be part of that with their own amateur event.
"Sea Island Golf Club is excited for the second playing of the Sea Island Women's Amateur," said Sea Island co-head professional Johann Emanuel. "We could not be happier for our field; we have some of the best lady amateur golfers from around the world. The Seaside Course is ready, thanks to Dylan Stafford (Sea Island Golf Club — Director of Agronomy, Lodge) and his team. It is in spectacular shape, and will certainly challenge these girls' shotmaking ability this week."
Last season, the course designated a 54-hole tournament for its inaugural Sea Island Women's Amateur on the Seaside course.
With 68 players in the inaugural field, spanning from high school to women in their 30s, one player separated herself from the field to grab a hold of the first ever Sea Island Women's Amateur trophy.
Mississippi State's Hannah Levi led wire to wire as she shot a 7-under 203 towards the title, giving her a four stroke victory for the Lady Bulldog.
Heading into her senior season in Starkville, Levi ranks fourth all-time in par or better rounds (31), third all-time in stroke average (74.06) and eighth all-time in rounds in the 60s (5) in Mississippi State women's golf history.
Excited to return for an opportunity to defend her title, Levi faces tougher competition as the field has grown to 79 players.
Standing out as a premier golf destination that's hosted the RSM Classic and other top golfing events, the Sea Island Women's Am is adding to the club's legacy.
"The Sea Island Women's Amateur is quickly becoming a standout in the world of female amateur golf," said Sea Island co-head professional Jon Olson. "We are proud of our team here that have helped us put the event on. Ms. Tyler Dawson, who has served as our Tournament Coordinator for this year, has led our team beautifully. We know that Seaside will provide a fair test to separate the best players in our game, yet again."
Enjoying the welcoming party as players checked in and got to chat with others inside the state of the art Golf Performance Center, players took part in challenges that were set up for prizes.
Competing against one another in closest to the pin challenges, players had opportunities to track their swings and enjoy a dinner before zoning in for their first round of golf Tuesday morning.