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Mason, OH – The Grizzly Golf & Social Lodge Announces National Women’s Amateur Championship in July of 2023
The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge and the Ladies National Golf Association (LNGA) are proud to announce The Grizzly as the host site for the 93rd Amateur Championship on July 25-27th in Mason, OH.
The LNGA focuses on hosting elite tournaments that grow the game, and their participants and Champions are the kind who make golf history. The national event will bring 100-120 players from across the country to compete in the 93rd Amateur Championship. Some recent champions include Rachel Kuehn, Megan Stasi, Julie Yang, and Sarah Ingram, among many other icons of the game such as Nancy Lopez, Judy Bell, Babe Zaharias, and Patty Berg.
The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge was selected because it shares the values and goals of the LNGA including providing ways to grow women’s golf, the golf course is a great test of the game, and the club has an incredible history of hosting elite championships.
LNGA President, Nancy Sebastian shared a few words regarding the upcoming event, “Rich in tradition, 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 Championship. Our players’ achievements and pursuit of excellence are the very spirit of golf and why each of them makes this Tournament especially exciting and rewarding. We look forward to seeing you in 2023 and are most excited to name the new Champion.”
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.”
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 LNGA 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.
ABOUT THE GRIZZLY
The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge is a public course that was founded in 1972. It was originally designed by the partnership of Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead and was 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. In 2022, the course rebranded as The Grizzly Golf and Social Lodge as part of it’s 50th Anniversary.
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