Charity Classic players enjoying the buildup to Stoney Point
Friday, April 04, 2014 12:01 AM
Symetra Tour golfer Riki Van Niekerk golfs on Hole 6 at The Links at Stoney Point Thursday afternoon. Niekerk is from South Africa and now lives in Georgia.
(MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Amy Meier is a former Ohio State University golf standout playing her second full season on the Symetra Tour.
She has had plenty of Symetra observations, though, having first played a Symetra event in 2009.
But Meier said she has yet to see the buildup for a Symetra event like she has seen in the Lakelands for the inaugural Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Women's Health Charity Classic at Greenwood's Links at Stoney Point. Tournament festivities begin May 5, with the actual tournament taking place May 8-11.
"I can't wait to see what the atmosphere will be like; it's pretty amazing, already," said Meier, who tied for eighth at this year's Florida's Natural Charity Classic. She has two career top-10 finishes. "Everyone is so excited and enthusiastic. We're still a month away from the event. In other places, you might see a billboard or two. You might hear a radio commercial. But, it's nothing like we've seen around here."
That's the point, according to tournament chairman Jim Medford.
"If you're going to be a major, you better act like one," said Medford, who along with his wife, Denise, is co-owner of Stoney Point. "I think the girls will be stunned when they see the U.S. Open-like look.
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