Columbia golf course hosts Missouri women's championship

Monday, July 13, 2009 | 7:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Last year’s Missouri Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship was decided on the final day. In the last round, Chelsea Schriewer shot a three-under-par 70 to overcome a five-stroke deficit to six-time champion Ellen Port. Schriewer defeated Port by one stroke at Osage National Golf Resort in Lake Ozark.

This year's MWGA Amateur Championship begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia. With a victory in this year's tournament, Port will tie a MWGA record with seven victories.

A St. Charles native, Schriewer will be one of five MU players who will be competing with their assistant coach Mindy Bullard-Coyle in this week’s tournament. Nine other colleges and universities will be represented in the 102-player field. The tournament, which is three rounds, will conclude Thursday.

The Women’s Amateur Championship has been played annually since 1935, and is the oldest in the midwest, according to MWGA Publicity Director Karen Johnson, who says she has been impressed with Old Hawthorne’s commitment to the event.

“The course is in spectacular shape. It’s been so wet and rainy they had to re-sod some holes, but they did it fast and the course is pristine,” Johnson said. “We’re really proud to show off this new course and the home of the Tigers.”

Within the tournament, there will also be competition for the best junior golfer, and best team or club. Both competitions award their own trophies.

For the first time, a companion tournament will be held along with the Amateur Championship. The Mid-Missouri Tournament, as it is called, will be a coinciding competition for players with a handicap of 10.5 or more.

Tee times for the tournament run from 8 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. each day, and spectators are free to follow any golfer on the course.


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