By Ed Greif
Professionals and amateurs are coming far and wide to attend the 15th Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open July 18-20 at the Stonehenge Golf Club. The entry deadline for the tournament hosted by the city of Crossville is July 3 at 5 p.m.
Sixteen states — Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma and Hawaii, and one foreign country — Australia — are represented in this year's field, which also includes one former champion and two former Big Break contestants are among the 69 early entrants.
Mari Chun of Pearl City, HI, is the furthest American to attend, while the only foreigner is Australian Jody Ann Fleming.
Lisa Bergeon was a contestant on Golf Channel's Big Break Mexico., while 2012 champion Lauren Stratton has entered the tournament as a professional. Christina Lecuyer-Salter is also a former Big Break participant.
As of June 25, there are 26 professionals and 43 amateurs. Twenty of the 69 made the final cut (64) from the 2012 tournament.
The professionals are Jessica Alexander, Heather Angell, Marie Brooke Baker, Laura Bavaird, Alexis Bennett, Lindsey Bergeon, Jill Hinton-Briles, GInny Brown, Kristi Cardwell, Clarissa Childs, Natalie Chrisopulous, Mary Chun, Ashtyn Crowley Siter, Jody Anne Fleming, Avery George, Sofia Gorelik,Lauren Hunt, Michelle Jarman, Christina Lecuyer-Salter, Susan Martin, Lindsey Miller, Katelyn Sepmoree, Lauren Stratton, Alexandria Stewart, Candra Sumedhatip and Haley Ann Wilson.
The amateur contingent is Megan Beane, Evelyn Blackmon, Jenna Burris, Sam Burrus, Riley Cooper, Andrea D. Cropper, Anna C. Cunningham, Maddie Everts, Cammie Gray, Jordan Hollinshead, Alex Jasper, Rachel Johnson, Morgan Danielle Kaufman, Samantha Nicole Khan, Megan Kinney, Hanley Lynn Long, Alisha Matthews, Christine Meier, Kelly Merkel, Emily Miller, Ellen Mitchell, Natalie Mitchell, AnnaMichelle Moore, Corinna Rees, Riley Mae Rennell, Alexa Rippy, Maren Scoggins, Shelby Lynn Sain, Daeun Song, Megan Stamps, Suzanne Stanley, Amanda Steinhagen, Katie Story, Sarah Struble, Ann Sullivan, Meredith Swanson, Rhonda Switzer-Nadasi, Meghan Theiss, Natalie Turk, Haley Wagner, Emily Williams, Meghan Lynn Williamson and Lacie York.
Several members of the amateur contingents are playing in this week's Tennessee Women's Amateur at the Legend's Club in Nashville.
The Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open championship will attract some of the nation's top amateur and professional female golfers to the Crossville community, and now fans still have the opportunity to help support the event by becoming a patron sponsor.
There are two levels of sponsorship — individual sponsorship for $50 and couples patron sponsorship for $75.
The individual sponsorship includes one complimentary round of golf at any Fairfield Glade Community Club golf course;
A commemorative Women's Open cap;
Name listed on signage displayed at Stonehenge Golf Club during the tournament;
Name listed on the tournament website (tnwomensopen.com);
Name listed in future issue of Tennessee Golf Quarterly, the official publication of the TGA.
For a $75 sponsorship, you receive
Two complimentary rounds of golf at any Fairfield Glade Community golf course;
Two commemorative Women's open caps or visors;
Names listed on signage displayed at Stonehenge Golf Club during the tournament;
Names listed on the tournament website (tnwomensopen.com);
Names listed in future issue of Tennessee Golf Quarterly, the official publication of the TGA.