Jennifer Elsholz of Grand Rapids, the 2014 top women amateur golfer in Michgian was awarded a sponsor’s exemption into the Tullymore Classic, a Symetra Tour event featuring the future stars of the LPGA Tour.
Elsholz, 22, won the 2014 Michigan Women’s Amateur and the Golf Association of Michigan Championship to earn the GAM’s Player of the Year honors. The other exemption has gone to 17-year-old Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ontario. Henderson, the former top-ranked amateur in the world won the Symetra Tour event in South Bend, Ind.
“We talked to golf people and experts across the state from the Golf Association of Michigan and the PGA about the best amateurs in the state and Jennifer’s name came up repeatedly,” Scot Cucksey, PGA golf professional at Tullymore Golf Club said.
“It was impressive that last summer she was the fifth golfer ever to win both the Michigan Women’s Amateur and the GAM Championship in the same year. She has also performed well at the University of Toledo, and she is planning in going to (LPGA Tour Qualifying) Q school in the fall. She seemed like a perfect fit for our sponsor’s exemption.”
The Tullymore Classic week runs from June 29 through July 5.
The 54-hole stroke play championship will tee off on Friday, July 3, and conclude on Sunday, July 5. A field of 144 golfers will compete in the $100,000- purse tournament. The winner will earn $15,000 and have an opportunity to move into the top-10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The top-10 on the year-end Symetra Tour money list earns LPGA Tour membership for the 2016 season.
Elsholz, who recently graduated with a degree in psychology and completed her golf eligibility at the University of Toledo, has decided to play this summer as an amateur and attempt LPGA Tour Qualifying in the fall.
“It is definitely exciting to be able to get an exemption and go out and play on the tour that, depending on what happens, I could possibly play on next year,” she said. “Playing this summer as an amateur gives me a chance to qualify for the U.S. Amateur and a few other big events, and playing in the Tullymore Classic will be a great experience, certainly exciting and a step in the right direction for me.”
ABOUT TULLYMORE: Two distinct world-class golf courses welcome golfers to Tullymore, including the award-winning Tullymore course designed by the renowned James Engh, which will play host to the pros in the Tullymore Classic. In addition, St. Ives Golf Club is a prime example of the best design work by Michigan’s own Jerry Matthews. The 36 holes of great golf wind amid 800 acres of glacier-carved rolling Michigan woodlands and wetlands in the captivating Canadian Lakes area.
The luxuriously appointed accommodations and premium amenities like the fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and two comfortable clubhouses with great dining service options make for more reasons to visit and stay for a while. Choose from a getaway for two in the cozy inns, or a cottage, condominium or rental home for an unforgettable few days away or even a home away from home.
The resort has won numerous awards including being named Michigan’s No. 1 Golf Resort and one of the Top 50 Golf Resorts in the U.S. in the 2010 Golf World Readers’ Choice Awards, as well as being named the Silver Medal Winner – Premier Resorts 2010 – The Best Destinations in Golf by Golf Magazine. The Tullymore course has earned a five-star rating by Golf Digest several times since 2007 and has been ranked among the top 100 Greatest Courses in America by Golf Digest multiple times.
Visit www.tullymoreclassic.com for more tournament information and to be a part of the Tullymore Classic as a volunteer.
Visit www.tullymoregolf.com for resort information, and for reservations, call 1 (800) 972-3837 ext. 239.