Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 21 May 2014 00:00
During the first week of August, Glen Cove will be a hub activity as it plays host to the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, conducted by the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 114th annual event will take place at Nassau Country Club for the first time in 100 years.
“The USGA’s selection of Nassau Country Club to host the championship is a shining example of Glen Cove’s historic significance to golf, and a tribute to our ability to host a national golf championship,” said Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello. “The golf course and our community will be showcased to the world for five days on Golf Channel. We need to fully embrace this event to ensure it is a great experience for the players, USGA officials, media and spectators.”
Peter Quick, who has been president of the club for the past 30 years and is co-chairman of the event, explained that the idea to host the event was first discussed eight years ago. It was brought before the board for a vote, and brought to the members as well, since hosting the event is costly; plus, it means members don’t have access to the full facilities for the week.
Still, Quick says it’s a good event not only for the club, but also for Glen Cove, which could have a positive impact on the economy. Plus, the free event gives both members and the community at large a chance to watch some “really good golf.”
Christina Lance, assistant manager of championship communications for the USGA, said a total of 156 players will compete in the tournament. At stake will be the Robert Cox Trophy, the oldest trophy that the USGA awards in a women’s championship, as well as the title of national champion.
The amateur players come from all over the world, and there are no age restrictions: they simply must qualify. Most of the women are college age, however last year Lance said a 10-year-old girl competed (and there’s still a chance she’ll return this year) and they have had women in their 50s play as well.
The two standout players are Annie Park of Levittown and last year’s champion, Emma Talley of Kentucky. Park and Kelly Shon (Port Washington) competed in the 2013 championship conducted at the Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina. Park advanced to the
quarterfinals and earned an exemption into the 2014 championship at Nassau Country Club, which be conducted Aug. 4-10. The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the USGA’s three original championships. First conducted in 1895, it has been held every year since, except during World Wars I and II. It was last held at Nassau Country Club in 1914, when Katherine Harley won the championship.
The golfers will play 10 rounds of golf during the tournament, beginning with stroke play on Monday, Aug. 4 and ending with the 36-hole championship final on Sunday, Aug. 10.
“Championships do not happen without the support of the community,” said Eric Carlstrom, vice chairman of championship fundraising. “We are offering the rare opportunity
for businesses to align themselves with a USGA championship and Nassau Country Club by becoming a corporate supporter. Benefits include golf, advertising, hospitality and an invitation to attend the many social events in celebration of the championship.”
Since the city only has one hotel, most of the people involved in the tournament have rooms booked at the Glen Cove Mansion. However, Lance said that because this is an amateur competition, the players do what they can to keep costs down, and those interested can volunteer to be a host family for a player.
For more information on becoming a corporate supporter or on how to volunteer, visit www.2014USWomensAM.com or call the championship office at 866-212-2014.