WSCGA to award Inez Long Trophy to winner of Amateur Championship

mmccombs@islandpacket.comSeptember 9, 2013 

Inez Long dedicated much of her life to the Women's South Carolina Golf Association before her retirement late last year.

Now the WSCGA is making sure people know how much her efforts were appreciated.

The WSCGA has announced that the trophy awarded to its amateur champion will be named the Inez Long Trophy.

"I think it was a very nice gesture of them," Long said last week. "I am humbled by it. Obviously, there were a lot of other people who helped me along the way. But it's a very nice gesture, and I am excited about it."

The WSCGA Amateur Championship will be held Tuesday through Thursday at the Colleton River Plantation's Nicklaus Course, and Long will be on hand to present the trophy to this year's winner.

As an amateur golfer, Long played in numerous WSCGA events and won the Carolinas Four Ball Championship.

She began her professional career with the WSCGA in 1986 when she became executive director. She became a Class A LPGA Professional, served for many years as an LPGA Member Advisor and was the first woman in South Carolina to be hired as a head golf professional.

Long had a passion for junior golfers, running a weekly clinic and organizing the Columbia Junior Golf Tour, which is today known as the South Carolina Junior Golf Association. She was also instrumental in creating the Women's S.C. Vicki Hillen Junior Golf Foundation in 2005, benefiting many junior golfers in the state since its creation.

A USGA volunteer and representative on the USGA Regional Association Committee, Long had health issues in 2012 and retired in December.

"I wish I could have stayed a little longer," Long said, "but life changes things for you."

She was honored in February with a party at Forest Lake Club in Columbia, where the USGA, the Carolinas Golf Association and the S.C. Golf Association all paid tribute to her career. There was also a proclamation by the S.C. House of Representatives.

Long said she's excited to be on hand this week for the championship.

"I really miss the people and being on the golf course all the time. I enjoyed it," Long said. "But as far as the paperwork, no thanks. But I do miss all the people involved in the game."

WSCGA Amateur Championship

Tuesday-Thursday

Colleton River Plantation, The Nicklaus Course

Tee times: The first players tee off at 9 a.m. and the final tee times are at 11 a.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

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