Olde Stone to host Girls’ Junior USGA Championship

Olde Stone member Kynadie Adams talks qualifying

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The United States Golf Association selected The Club at Olde Stone to host the 73rd U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship this July. 

Prodigies from 11 to 18-years-old are getting their last qualifying tournaments this spring in hopes of a chance to play in the USGA Championship. 

U.S. Girls’ Jr. Championship director Tracey Parsons said, “The average age [of the players] is about 16. Last year in 2021 we had 33 States represented and we had 11 countries represented.”

Many past championship winners have gone on to play for the LPGA. Some notable winners are Nancy Lopez, Inbee Park and Lexi Thompson. 

One Olde Stone member hoping to be the next name on that list is 18-year-old year old Kynadie Adams.

“I think it’s going to be such a good event, and I’m excited because it’s probably going to be my last Junior event, so it’ll be even cooler to finish it off at my home course. Ever since I knew that the tournament was going to be there, it’s been one [tournament] that I’ve had on my list to win,” said Adams. “I have a chance this week [to qualify]. I’m going to play the U.S. four ball with one of my friends, and the winner actually gets an exemption into the U.S. Junior and the U.S. Am, so, we’re both hoping to pull through on that and win so we can just cruise right in.”

After this championship, Adams will leave to play golf for the University of Alabama whose womens golf team is ranked top 10 in the country.

Olde Stone’s director of golf Kevin Childers sees Adams’ hard work at the club. He says the playing field here for this championship is next level. 

“Girls golf is just a little different than boys golf. They turn professional at a really young age. So, the talent level at the Girls’ Junior Championship is even better than that of the U.S. Womens’ Amateur, so we’re really excited to bring that here to the club,” Childers said. 

The prestigious club has hosted quite a few big tournaments for golfers over the years including the Junior Ryder Cup, NCAA Division I Regionals, the Southern Amateur, the Southern Junior Amateur and the Kentucky Open.

The championship is open free to the public. You can come watch the young girls compete, July 18th through 23rd. 

Come catch a glimpse of them now before watching them on the LPGA!

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