The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship Announces LPGA Standout Stacy Lewis as USA Team Captain
Lewis Also Named Ambassador for the Inaugural Spirit Charity Challenge
The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Texas confirms that LPGA marquee player Stacy Lewis will captain the USA Team. The Spirit International, which will be played November 7-9, features teams representing 20 countries and showcases the world’s best women and men amateur golfers.
The Spirit International is an Olympic-like experience that includes an opening ceremony, festive dinner parties and a closing ceremony. Camp Olympia, one of the premier summer camps in the U.S., provides International Village accommodations for the competitors. The tournament was established in 2001 at Whispering Pines.
Lewis, a decorated amateur who joined the LPGA Tour in 2008, has a distinguished professional career with 12 tour wins, including two major titles. The Houston resident returned to play in the first LPGA event of the year following the birth of her daughter Chesnee last October. She finished an impressive sixth after a five month break from competitive golf. Lewis currently ranks 9th on the LPGA’s career money list and 6th among active players.
Lewis also was invited by Whispering Pines Golf Club’s founder Corby Robertson, Jr. to serve as an ambassador for the inaugural Spirit Charity Challenge that will be played at the club on October 7. Some of The Spirit International’s top alumni will return to compete in this special event that will award the winner a prize of $100,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. The charity tournament should generate excitement for the November Championship and will be a festive reunion for Spirit International alumni.
“We are proud of the success we’ve had to date in bringing the world’s top women and men to compete for their countries at the No. 1 rated golf course in Texas,” said Robertson. “Our commitment is to promote global goodwill through the game of golf. The friendships made and memories shared among the participants make for an all-world experience. I believe The Spirit International has made an immeasurable impact on the global golfers, volunteers and sponsors who participate.”
About The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship
Eighty players from 20 countries and six continents compete for gold medals in the 54-hole Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. Each country is represented by its two best women and two best men. Previous Spirit International competitors who now are professionals on the LPGA and PGA TOUR include: Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Martin Kaymer, Lexi Thompson, Charley Hull, Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and Brooke Henderson. The Spirit Golf Association, a 501 © (3) charity that is dedicated to the promotion of amateur golf for the benefit of health-related causes, organizes and oversees the tournament along with the Texas Golf Association.
The Spirit Golf Association has contributed more than $12 million to its charitable activities: The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship and healthcare service providers such as Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics, Medical Bridges and The Immunization Partnership. In 2017, The Spirit Golf Association responded to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by directing funds to Harvey victims through the United Way, Houston Food Bank, KIPP, Yellowstone Academy and the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinics. For more information about The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship visit www.thespiritgolf.com.