93rd Amateur Championship – July 24-27
The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge – Mason, OH
3rd Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships – October 16-19
Champions Circle – Fort Worth, TX
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local media contact: Cate Becker
St. Louis, MO – The LNGA is happy to announce the host sites for the 93rd Amateur Championship and 3rd Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships. The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge will host the 93rd LNGA Amateur Championship from July 24-27 in Mason, OH. The 3rd LNGA Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships will be held at The Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth, TX from October 16-19.
The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge is a public course that was founded in 1972 and contains a rich history. It was originally designed by the partnership of Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead, just the 3rd course designed by the pair. Jay Morrish is also listed as an architect for the course. After its opening, Jack Nicklaus played a role in getting the PGA Tour to his course. The PGA Tour held the Ohio Kings Island Open from 1973 to 1977, until the LPGA moved its Championship (now known as the Women’s PGA Championship) to the course from 1978 through 1989. Over this time, the course saw the likes of Nancy Lopez (3x), Donna Caponi (2x), Sally Little, Jan Stephenson, Patty Sheehan (2x), Pat Bradley, Jane Geddes, and Sherri Turner lift the trophy. From 1980 through 2001, the Senior Tour brought its players through Mason for championships including the Kroger Senior Classic from 1990-2001. The course plays to a Par 71 and has a maximum yardage of 6,474.
Mayor Barbara Spaeth provided this statement about the LNGA holding the Amateur Championship in Mason: “The Grizzly has a rich history for women’s golf hosting the LPGA Championship from 1978-1989. We are excited for the return of a women’s golf tournament to The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge in Mason. This event complements the array of regional, national, and international events residents and businesses in Mason enjoy and furthers our mission for building a culture of community wellness.”
Deep in the heart of Fort Worth, TX, The Golf Club at Champions Circle resides. First opened in 2000, the course sits on a former cattle ranch. The original design was created by Greg Norman, and was redesigned in 2002 by Jay Morrish. In just its short time, the course has undergone changes in the design and name. Upon its founding, the course was The Creeks at Beechwood until being changed to Doral Tesoro Golf Club, followed by the current name. With the lay of the land, the course contains rolling hills and a peaceful atmosphere with natural creeks and oak-lined fairways. This public course has a maximum of 6,487 yards and plays to a Par 71.
Michael Miller, Director of Golf at The Golf Club at Champions Circle, had this to say about hosting the Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships, “We are extremely excited to partner with the Ladies National Golf association to bring these two prestigious tournaments to Champions Circle. We believe our course will provide a great test for the players, and hopefully some great October weather!”
LNGA President, Nancy Sebastian shared a few words in regard to these upcoming events, “Rich in tradition and preparing to host our 2023 Championships, the Ladies National Golf Association is honored to have many of the finest female golfers gather to compete. Competitors from all over the world have played in our Amateur, Mid-Amateur or Senior Amateur Championships. Our players’ achievements and pursuit of excellence are the very spirit of golf and why each of you make these Tournaments especially exciting and rewarding. We look forward to seeing you in 2023 and are most excited to name the new Champions.”
ABOUT THE LNGA
The Ladies National Golf Association (LNGA) has a rich and illustrious 90-year history as evidenced by the many recognizable names throughout our historical records. Every year, the LNGA holds an Amateur, Mid-Amateur, and Senior Amateur Championship, rotating its tournament sites throughout the U.S. The Ladies National Golf Association continues its dedication to providing players with exemplary golf championships while providing opportunities for great fellowship and encouraging good sportsmanship – all while maintaining the best interests of the game of golf.