The Golfweek Amateur Tour National Championship is coming back to Hilton Head Island for a sixth consecutive year -- and it's bigger than ever.
The event will bring more than 600 players from 42 local tours in 25 states to Hilton Head Island this weekend, with competition spanning seven courses. That marks the biggest national championship in the tour's 17-year history.
Tournament play begins Friday at the Robert Trent Jones, George Fazio and Arthur Hills courses at Palmetto Dunes, the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hall, Port Royal's Barony course, Oyster Reef and Country Club of Hilton Head.
Spectators are welcome free of charge. For more information, go to www.amateurgolftour.net.
PARK NAMED AJGA ALL-AMERICAN
Hilton Head Island's Ri Hyang Park has been named a second-team Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association. Park, a graduate of the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy and a freshman at the University of Miami, had three top-10 finishes in AJGA events this season. She posted 10 top-10 finishes in her four-year AJGA career, including back-to-back wins at the Golf Pride Junior Classic in 2009 and 2010.
FERREE ON WINNING SENIOR TEAM
Longtime Hilton Head Island resident Karen Ferree teamed with North Augusta's Bob Rickman to win the senior division of the 14th annual Mixed Team Championship conducted by the Women's S.C. Golf Association and the S.C. Golf Association on Oct. 15-16 in Bluffton.
The event was played at Hampton Hall Club and Pinecrest Golf Club.
Ferree and Rickman edged Bluffton's Jennifer Adams and Okatie's John Hencken by one shot to claim the senior title. The Bluffton duo of Brittany Collins and Jon Piccione tied for fifth in the championship division, shooting 146 to finish five shots behind Aiken's Kadi Meldrum and Chad Meldrum.
Hilton Head Island's Clementina Rodriguez won the girls 14-18 division of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Major Championship at Pebble Creek event in Taylors last weekend. Rodriguez shot a two-day total of 3-over-par 145. ... Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy student Laura Restrepo fired rounds of 68 and 67 to win by 10 shots in the girls under-19 division of the International Junior Golf Tour's event last weekend at Hilton Head Lakes Golf Club. Restrepo is a native of Panama.