News and Notes: Rolex Tournament of Champions

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By Chris Hummer and Leah Flannigan, AJGA Communications

National Championship: In two years, Lancaster Country
Club in Lancaster, Pa., will host the best female players in the world for the
2015 U.S. Women’s Open. It’s the first time the club has hosted a professional
event of the size and they are pleased to have the opportunity.

"The membership is very excited
to host the U.S. Women’s Open,” Director of Golf Rick Gibson said. “It is a
fantastic opportunity to showcase our club. It’s in great shape, we could hold
a championship right now.” 

Top Ranked Players: The Rolex Tournament of Champions
is one of the AJGA’s strongest fields of the year, as the field is comprised of
open event victors throughout the past year along with the top ranked players
in the Polo Golf Rankings.

In all, 15 of the top 20 boys and
12 of the top 20 girls in the Polo Golf Rankings are participating in the

“I think the strength of the
field this year accurately represents the prestigious history of the Rolex
Tournament of Champions,” Tournament Director Chris White said. “The golf
course will provide a challenge equal to the competition as a venue that is
hosting a future U.S. Women’s Open."


Local Legend: Lancaster Country Club has hosted
a fair number of PGA Tour professionals, but only one has a locker on site. Jim
Furyk, a former AJGA alumni and sponsor, is a member at the club and returns a
few times a year to play on his home course.

The 43-year-old U.S. Open winner
with an unconventional swing played his high school golf matches at the club.
Despite the fact that he lives Florida full time, the membership still loves to
see him out at the club.

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Credit To The Creator: William S.
Flynn, designer of distinguished courses including Shinnecock Hills Golf Club
in Long Island, N.Y., Cherry Hills Country Club of Denver, and Merion Golf Club
in Ardamore, Pa., is also known for his creation of the Lancaster Country Club.
Flynn, along with Roy Eshelman, spent 25 years tweaking the course to construct
one of the most well-known tracks. During his time at Lancaster he worked with
the USGA to become one of the pioneers in golf course grasses.