It’s a very busy week for local top amateur golfers, with three elite events taking place this week.
The historic Future Masters, for boys ages 9 to 18, attracts top juniors from across the country and worldwide. Played for over 65 years, the list of winners is impressive with Stewart Cink (twice), Matt Every, Trevor Immelman, Lee Williams, Blayne Barber, Shaun Micheel. Briny Baird, Mark Brooks, Andy Bean, Mac McLendon, Gary Koch and Chip Beck among those to have won.
Former UA winners include Mark Harrell, Wesley Pate, Joseph Sykora, Mayson Petty and Robby Shelton.
Tuscaloosa residents in this year’s field at Dothan CC include William Beeker (11-12 age group) and Harrison Howell, Trey Rose, Jackson Seawell, Raymond Shaw and William Walker III (all in 15-18).
Featuring hundreds of boys over four age groups, play began yesterday and concludes Saturday.
Visit www.futuremastersgolf.com to follow all the action.
The 83rd Women’s State Amateur Championship begins Wednesday at Gadsden CC. Concluding Friday, there are various flights, including the championship flight. University of Montevallo rising junior Elaine Wood is back to defend her championship title, with 10-time champion Kathy Hartwiger sure to be in the mix.
Tuscaloosa natives Jessie Hsia, Lucie King, Stephanie Hanna and reigning State Senior champion Susan West are all in the field.
More information at www.bamagolf.com
The Greystone Invitational has established itself as an amateur event of national significance. Featuring a field from far and wide, current and future University of Alabama players teeing it up at the Founders Course Wednesday-Saturday include Jake DeZoort, Tyler Hitchner, Steven Setterstrom Jr., William Sellers and Robby Prater. Other players from Tuscaloosa in the field include the University of West Alabama’s Will Morrison, William Walker III, who will be a freshman at UAB, and Adam Strachan.
John-Michael O’Toole of Pinson is back to defend.
Former winners include Hitchner (2013) and past UA players Michael Thompson (2007) and Harrell (2006). The championship began in 2001.
And the following week, on June 30, over 36 holes of the challenging West Course at the Country Club of Birmingham, the U.S. Junior Sectional qualifier will be contested, with future UA players DeZoort, Wilson Furr and Ben Fuller all trying for one of the three spots on offer. Howell is also playing.
For those who advance, the championship will be played July 20-25 at Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C.
Ian Thompson has been writing about golf in Alabama for over 22 years. His weekly “Mr. Golf” column concentrates on golfers, golf events and people associated with the sport of interest to the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. Reach him with story ideas firstname.lastname@example.org.