TRINITY, Texas — Georgia Southwestern State University senior golfer Vincent Norrman has been selected to represent his home country of Sweden at the 2019 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. A total of 76 golfers from 19 countries, representing six continents, will compete at Whispering Pines Golf Club November 7-9. The Spirit International will pair two female and two male amateurs from each country to compete for a chance at gold. The biennial event is back for the first time since 2015, as the 2017 Spirit was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.
Norrman, the top-ranked golfer in NCAA Division II according to Golfstat, will be joining many in the field who are currently competing at the NCAA Division I level. The field includes golfers from No. 3 Georgia Tech, No. 4 Texas Tech and No. 7 Duke. Norrman won three of the four collegiate events he participated in this fall and leads the Peach Belt Conference with a 69.08 scoring average.
The Spirit International is a celebration of goodwill through the game of golf. There is an opening and closing ceremony in addition to festive dinner parties throughout tournament week. Camp Olympia, one of the premier summer camps in the country, provides international village accommodations for the golfers, allowing them to mix and socialize after play.
The 2019 Spirit International is a 54-hole four-ball stroke play competition, with three concurrent competition categories: international team, men's team and women's team. Gold, silver and bronze commemorative medals are awarded to the top finishers in each competition.
WHAT: 2019 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship
WHO: Countries competing at the 2019 Spirit International Golf Championship include: Argentina, Australia, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
WHEN: November 7-9, 2019 (Thursday-Saturday)
WHERE: Whispering Pines Golf Club | 1532 Whispering Pines Dr. | Trinity, TX 75862
The 2019 Spirit International field includes:
• Players ranging in age from 12 to 27
• Nine players who have won their country's national amateur or junior championship
• Five golfers who are or have been the top ranked amateur in their country
• 17 players ranked among the top 100 in the world
• 51 golfers who have competed or will compete collegiately in the United States or abroad
Individual standouts among the men's field include the current No. 2 player and Houston native Cole Hammer, 2019 U.S. Amateur Champion Andy Ogletree and Scotland's Sandy Scott, the No. 30 amateur in the world and a 2019 Walker Cup participant. Standout women in the field include France's Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, the No. 7 amateur in the world and a four-time winner in 2019, along with No. 14-ranked Emilia Migliaccio and No. 19 ranked Kaitlyn Papp of the United States, all collegiate standouts with a wealth of international experience.
The 2019 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship competition begins Thursday (Nov. 7), and a live stream of the event will be broadcast on the above in addition to Golfweek.com (Golfweek.com\TheSpiritGolf).
A detailed schedule of the 2019 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship live stream events is below (times subject to change):
- Thursday, Nov. 7, noon-3 p.m. CT – First Round of Competition
- Friday, Nov. 8, noon-3 p.m. CT – Second Round of Competition
- Saturday, Nov. 9, noon CT through end of play – Final Round of Competition
About The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship:
76 competitors from 19 countries compete for gold medals in the 54-hole four-ball stroke play competition in The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship. Each country is represented by two women and two men amateur golfers. 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, Viktor Hovland, Lexi Thompson, Bronte Law, Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Brooke Henderson and Maria Fassi. Spirit alumni have gone on to win more than 650 professional events, including 23 major championships. The Spirit Golf Association, a 501 (c) (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 TheSpiritGolf.com.
About Whispering Pines Golf Club:
Just 80 miles north of Houston along the shores of Lake Livingston sits Whispering Pines Golf Club, one of the best private golf clubs in the country. The club was founded not only to offer its discerning members a superior golf experience on an exceptional course, but it also was created to promote amateur golf and to benefit charitable causes on a local, national and international level. Whispering Pines is ranked #1 in Texas and #54 in the country by Golf Digest.
For more information about Whispering Pines Golf Club or The Spirit Golf Association, visit either WhisperingPinesGolfClub.com or TheSpiritGolf.com, respectively
The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship contributed to this story