Texas Golf Association, Since 1906
Texas Golf Association, Since 1906

Catch The Spirit

Catch The Spirit

From October 30 – November 2, Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, will host the 2013 Spirit International, a biennial event that features top-ranked men and women amateur golfers from around the world representing their respective countries in individual and team competition.

As in years past the Texas Golf Association is proud to serve as the governing administrative body for The Spirit and will be working "inside the ropes,” overseeing starting, scoring, rules, and course set-up.

The Spirit Golf Association (formerly the World Health & Golf Association), a charitable organization dedicated to promoting amateur golf for the benefit of health-related causes, established The Spirit International in 2001 to be played in alternate years with the World Amateur Team Championships. Based on the final results from the most recent WATC, the low 20 countries are invited to participate in the following year’s Spirit International.  

Each invited country’s National Golf Association or Federation establishes its own selection criteria to determine the four best amateur players (two men and two women), who will compete at Whispering Pines. In years past it has been national champions, finalists or top ranked players that have made up the majority of participants. 

There are five separate competitions conducted during the Spirit, all at 72 holes four-ball stroke play: Men's Team; Women's Team; International Team (combined Men's and Women's teams); plus Men's and Women's Individual. Gold, Silver and Bronze commemorative medals are awarded to the top three places in each competition. 

Ally McDonald, sophomore at Mississippi State University, Ashlan Ramsey, freshman at Clemson University, Jordan Niebrugge, sophomore at Oklahoma State University and reigning U.S. Junior champion Scottie Scheffler, a senior at Highland Park High School in Dallas, will represent the United States at this year’s Spirit International. Paige MacKenzie, current LPGA star and a member of the 2005 Spirit International USA Team, will captain the 2013 squad.  

"I really enjoyed my experience as a Spirit player,” said MacKenzie. "It is always an honor to be asked to represent your country and I’m privileged to now serve as the USA Team Captain at this great event.”

All the players and their captains begin tournament week in Houston, Texas, where they tour the city and attend The Spirit Opening Ceremonies. The players then move into Camp Olympia, located adjacent to Whispering Pines Golf Club, where they share cabin accommodations with competing countries. 

Spirit tournament founder Corby Robertson, Jr. says, "Our commitment is to promote global goodwill through the game of golf. Not only does The Spirit showcase the best men and women amateur golfers from around the world, it gives these players the opportunity to establish friendships and, ultimately, to leave the tournament with lasting memories that reach far beyond the golf course.”

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