The USGA State Women’s Team Championship was conducted Las Campanas GC in Santa Fe New Mexico. Each state selected 3 players to represent the state and our Women’s South Carolina Golf Association’s team for the 2017 championship was Dawn Woodard, Lee Venable, and Mary Chandler Bryan. While Tennessee earned the Victory, golf got another big amateur win.
“The team format is fun and really I like the fact that I was playing for more than just myself. It was really exciting to compete in a National Championship representing South Carolina, and satisfying knowing that there would be people back home pulling for me,” said Mary Chandler Bryan of Chapin.
Our State Team performed well finishing 9th at +12 for 54 holes. Tennessee won the event at -1. The format was the two best of the three scores comprising the tam score. In other words, the highest score was dropped each day.
Knowing that there is some support can help defer pressure.

“I knew I had great players on my team to back me up if I did not play well so it took pressure off while making the competition more fun,” said Bryan who has decided to pursue Amateur golf in leu of the professional track her brother’s took.
“My fiancé, William (William Rainey, Charlotte,) is going through Web.Com Qualifying School this fall and has his sights on being a PGA Tour player. We are getting married in February and I sincerely enjoyed this past summer. It was my first summer participating in the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association and Carolinas Golf Association events and had so much fun I want to play more,” she said.

The 23 year old was graduated from the College of Charleston in December of 2016.
While this USGA State Team event was being conducted the Presidents Cup was the professional headliner and Team USA dominated the International’s in New York on home soil. It was one the best Team golf performances I have witnessed to date and this could be great for golf. In fact, my hope is that industry leaders recognize that first fans are more attracted to team sports and second individual participation will increase if golf offers up formats that are fun.
The pressure to perform individually is enormous so anxiousness suffocates the fun while the social aspect of having a partner with team in supports offsets the weight of stress. Plus, We are designed to be in community.
So if you are a patron of a course or member of a club, inquire about future team format opportunities. Look up the various team formats, see which one interests you, then get a group of four and go try it out.

The Pee Wee Golf League will be starting December 3 along with the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s Winter Youth Golf Tour. The Pee Wee golf league will be played at the George Bryan Golf Academy Challenger Course, the only course in South Carolina that is age, skill level and time appropriate for the 4-6 year olds. The ICRC Winter Golf Tour is for player’s ages 7-18. Players will be paired in groups based on age and skill level, parents are encourage to caddie each week for their players and training for being a great golf caddie is available. For more information on these programs please contact the parks at 803-345-6181 or 803-772-3336.