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Upcoming Events


September 17-19, 2021
Etowah Valley Golf Resort, Etowah, NC

The Dixie Cup is a two-day match play competition between two person teams from the Carolinas vs the Heart of the South ("HOTS") - Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and northern Florida. Teams are flighted based on handicap and players of all levels are welcome.

Hosted by the Charlotte Chapter this year at beautiful Etowah Valley Golf & Resort in Etowah, NC.

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Chapter News and Announcements
  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 2, 2020 – LPGA*USGA Girls Golf announced today that Charlaine Hirst, the Site Director of the Whispering Pines, N.C. chapter, has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

    Hirst, an LPGA Class A Professional also known as ‘Coach Chip,’ will be presented with the accolade during a virtual LPGA Professional Rolex Awards ceremony on Jan. 28, 2021.

    “I am so grateful to be part of the Girls Golf family,” said Hirst. “I am blessed to be able to share my love of golf with the next generation of young golfers and engage them to develop a passion for the game that has given me so much. Thank you to Sandy LaBauve for your vision, your #DriveOn mindset and for empowering the next generation of young ladies.”

    Named after the founder of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award honors an individual who has gone above and beyond to inspire the lives of juniors through their passion and dedication to empowering girls through golf. LaBauve was an LPGA Teaching Professional in Phoenix, Ariz. and mother of two daughters when she founded Girls Golf in 1989.

    “Charlaine Hirst is the perfect award recipient for 2020,” said LaBauve. “More young girls throughout the Pinehurst area are playing golf than ever before because of her efforts.  She has encouraged parents and club members, as well as community leaders, to join together and grow the game, and she deserves recognition for her passion to lead. I am grateful to have role models like Charlaine in the LPGA inspiring and mentoring girls through golf.”

    In every lesson, Hirst integrates the Five E’s of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. From her focus on sharing her love of the game (energize), to warming up (exercise), life lessons (enrich) and how to face adversity to come back stronger (empower), Hirst engages as a positive role model and leader. She is also a member of the Girls Golf Expert Committee that helps the LPGA Foundation Headquarters Team with conducting webinars, providing best practices and sharing experiences with new and established Site Directors.

     “I have two daughters [Sophia and Emma] who have been enrolled with Coach Chip the past two years and their appreciation of the sport, personal confidence and encouragement of others is evident from Coach Chip’s classes,” said Hunter Miller. “These traits resonate from the beginning of the class to the end, where a firm handshake met with eye contact is instilled—something COVID has altered to ‘air fist bumps’ from a distance that the girls like to throw across the practice areas.


    “Coach Chip is involved with more than golf as she teaches the girls that charity and working for others is just as rewarding as sinking a putt. She’s an advocate for pet rescue and supports the local community by collecting donations for Caring Hearts for Canines. This subtle act demonstrates both the person and program that Coach Chip teaches each week.”


Association News and Announcements
  • Scramble Open Recap: We were thrilled to welcome 264 LPGA Amateurs members at Pinehurst Resort on May 28-29 to participate in the 2021 Scramble Open. As is the norm at LPGA Amateurs events, there was no shortage of fun as shown in the photos from the event at these two links. Link #1 (click on the photo tab) and Link #2. Congratulations to all the winners - the results can be found at this link(click on the results tab)
    A special shout out to The Buckeye Birdies (from Columbus, OH) who defended their title as the Scramble Open Champions in 2019 and 2021.
  • PGA Tour Superstore Exclusive Member Discount Weekend is June 25-27: Be sure to take advantage of this exclusive offer for LPGA Amateurs members to receive a 15% discount  on purchases made on June 25-27  (IN STORE ONLY). Members must show LPGA Amateurs ID card to cashier at time of purchase to receive the discount. (Digital or printed ID cards are sufficient). 
  • 2021 Women on Par Scholarship applications available now! These scholarships are intended for women, ages 30 and older, who are attending a college or university for the first time, or returning to school after an absence to complete their technical/vocational, Associate, or Bachelors degree.  In 2021, two (2) scholarships will be awarded: One (1) $2,000 Women on Par scholarship and one (1) $1,000 Women on Par scholarship. The scholarship application will remain open until 200 applications are received or April 1, 2021,  whichever occurs first. Click here to read more about Women on Par Scholarship. Please share the scholarship information with women you know who meet the eligibility requirements!
Member Benefits

The LPGA Amateurs offers a welcoming golf community for all women to learn to play, play better, have fun and make friends.  Highlights of LPGA Amateurs member benefits include:

  • Organized golf: leagues, outings, regional & LPGA Amateurs competitive events, golf experiences and trips
  • Golf education, instruction and clinics
  • Social and networking events
  • Free entrance (member plus one guest) to all LPGA, Symetra, and LPGA Legends Tour events in the US and Canada
  • Discounts on apparel, equipment, travel, greens fees and more

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