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SPR 2019

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A pril is always Masters Month for golf fans, but this time around the month is bringing a double dose of golf goodness. T he inaugural Augusta National (Georgia) Women's Amateur is being played the week prior to the Masters Tourna- ment, bringing an international field of 72 women amateurs to compete over 54 holes of stroke play. The unique event will see its first 36 holes held on the Island and Bluff nines at nearby Champions Retreat Golf Club. After a cut to the top 30, the final round will be held at Augusta National. The final round will be broadcast by NBC Sports, and the winner will receive an invitation to return to the event for the next five years. A number of the participants are leading college golfers, and six players with Carolinas ties accepted invitations to the inaugural event, including Jennifer Chang (Cary, N.C.), Gina Kim (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Emilia Migliaccio (Cary, N.C.), Anna Redding (Concord, N.C.), pictured, and Natalie Srinivasan (Spartanburg, S.C.). To see how they fare, check out anwagolf.com for full results. ● 6 | | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 L O CA L K N OW L E D G E Local Knowledge The latest news in golf from around the Carolinas Peggy Kirk Bell Gets Hall Call, and Golfari Celebrates 60 Years T he late Peggy Kirk Bell is a true golf legend, and she now has an official place in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Bell, who passed away in 2016, was elected to the 2019 Hall of Fame class in the lifetime achievement category. W hile she won the 1949 Titleholders Championship when it was considered a major, Bell's greatest legacy was promoting the game as a teacher and owner of Pine Needles Country Club in Southern Pines. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of one of Bell's signature achievements at Pine Needles: Golfari, a week- long women's golf event featuring instruction, Southern cuisine and entertainment. The first event in 1959 was simply called "Ladies Golf School" before becoming the Golfari in 1969. Gen- erations of women have learned the game, enjoyed each other's company and made lifelong friends over the past 60 years of Golfaris, and here's hoping for another 60 and more for Peggy Kirk Bell's brainchild. ● U Carolinas Players Tee It Up in Augusta National Women's Am

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