Event: 85th Tennessee Women's Amateur Championship
Host Site: Memphis National Golf Club - Memphis, Tennessee
Playing Dates: June 12-16, 2017
Hometown Heck Wins Tennessee Women’s Amateur in Memphis
Abigail Heck claims her first Women’s Amateur championship with a 1up victory.
MEMPHIS, TENN (June 16th, 2017) Results from the final round of match play at the 85th Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship hosted by Memphis National Golf Club in Memphis, Tenn. Friday, June 18th (Championship: Par 36-36—72, Yards: 6209 Flighted: 36-36, Yards: 5322).
The 85th Tennessee Women’s Amateur Championship was a five-day affair at Memphis National Golf Club. The Championship began with 36 holes of stroke play to determine the seeding for match play. The Championship concluded Friday morning.
Abigail Heck and Sydney Colwill both won three matches to earn their spot in Friday’s 85th Women’s Amateur Championship match. Heck, a senior in high school, admitted that facing college players was daunting at first, “I was a little intimidated going into the last two matches,” Heck said. However, Heck, the No. 4 seed, entered the final match with plenty of confidence after knocking of the stroke play medalist Jenna Burris. It was Colwill, the Memphis Tiger, who took control of the championship match early. The No. 2 seed, who plays her college golf at won the 2nd and 4th hole to take a 2up lead. Heck won No. 8 to cut her deficit in half.
Heck took her first lead of the day when she won Nos. 11-12. “Although it sounds cliché, I tried to take it one match and one shot at a time. I tried not to get ahead of myself,” Heck said. The championship match fittingly went the distance. Heck won 1up making her the 85th Women’s Amateur Champion.
Heck was not the only one in her household to win a golf tournament Friday. Rachel Heck won the American Junior Golf Association Rolex Girls Invitational. However, at home in Memphis at Memphis National it was all about Abigail, who showed signs of a bright future ahead, “I think this week will give me confidence as I begin my college career this fall,” the soon to be Notre Dame golfer said. “I was able to win against girls who have already established themselves as quality golfers at the collegiate level,” Heck said.
The Tennessee Golf Association would like to thank Memphis National Golf Club for serving as wonderful hosts to the 85th Women’s Amateur Championship.
About the Tennessee Golf Association
In 1914, the Tennessee Golf Association (TGA) was organized at Memphis Country Club as an association of five private clubs. The objective of the Association, as stated in its Constitution, "shall be to promote the game of golf in Tennessee." From these small origins the TGA has become an association which now includes over 200 member clubs, courses, and organizations, comprised of over 32,000 individuals from across the state.