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Fiddlesticks CC to Host U. S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in September

Ft. Myers, Florida–When the 35th version of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur tees it up September 17-22 on the Ron Garl-designed Long Mean course, the ladies aged 25 and over will have their hands full. When the USGA selects a site for one of its 14 annual major championships, the criteria include the quality of the design and superior conditioning, two factors that for over 30 years have established Fiddlesticks Country Club as the premier course in Lee County, Florida.

From the tips, the par 72, 18-hole layout stretches to 7077 yards featuring impeccably maintained tees, fairways, and greens. The bunkers and greens were recently renovated, and the ladies will play the course at 6,137 yards.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to take this championship to Fiddlesticks Country Club, which will be a fantastic host,” said Laura Nochta, USGA Director of Championships. “Players will enjoy the Long Mean’s challenging layout which will require them to control their ball placement and landing targets while dealing with relatively small greens. It will be a true test of their endurance and ability to deal with the pressures involved with competing to earn a coveted USGA title and a spot in the 2023 U. S. Women’s Open.”

The Women’s Mid-Amateur was originally scheduled at Fiddlesticks in 2021, but the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the plans. It had to be canceled and moved to Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, South Carolina.

“We’ve always had a very good relationship with the USGA and continue to support amateur golf throughout Southwest Florida,” says Fiddlesticks General Manager Ryan Shaw. “The members really relish the opportunity to host these types of events and give back to the game of golf and the USGA. The leaders of our club formed a Tournament Invitation Committee which wrote to the USGA requesting consideration for a USGA tournament to be held here. We are all delighted that they selected for this one.”

This year’s event will be the second USGA Championship at Fiddlesticks. In 2010, the Club hosted the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. Now, the club has been busy securing volunteers and setting up the individual championship committees: Marshalls/Forecaddies; Housing; Registration; Hospitality; Weather Evacuation; Scoring; Medical; Practice Facilities; Volunteers & Fundraising. Admission is free to the public and spectators are encouraged to enjoy this spectacular championship and the club up close and personal. Visit FiddlesticksCC.com for more information.

Travis Wehrs, Director of Golf for the past eight years, commented, “Certainly inclement weather can be a disruption but our courses can handle any situations with our afternoon thunderstorms. We will work closely with our grounds crew and the USGA to address any weather problems if they happen.”

The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship is open to any female golfer 25 and older with a handicap index not exceeding 9.4, and the competition will be the 26th USGA Championship contested in Florida. A total of 132 players will advance to the national championship through several exemption categories and a number of qualifiers throughout the country. Following two days of stroke play Saturday and Sunday 9/17-18, the field will be cut to the top 64 players for 4 days of match play, determining the finalists and champion.

The winner receives a gold medal, custody of the Mildred Prunarat Trophy for one year, and exemptions into the 2023 U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach, the next 10 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateurs, the next two U. S. Women’s Amateur and next two U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championships. Visit USGA.com for more information.

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