TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s Amanda Doherty, who ranks fifth in school history with a 73.20 career stroke average, begins play in the 117th North & South Women’s Amateur Championship on Monday at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. After a practice round on July 14, Doherty begins play in the event from Hole No. 1 at 7:36 on July 15.
The North & South Championship consists of two rounds of stroke play followed by five rounds of match play to determine the champion. The 90-player field will be cut to 32 players after 36 holes of stroke play. The match play field of 32 golfers will play one round on July 17, two rounds on July 18 and two rounds on July 19 to determine the tournament champion.
“I am very excited to play the North & South because it is always a fantastic tournament to play in,” said Doherty. “It is always a strong field and Pinehurst No. 2 is a challenging course which makes it a good test and a fun event.”
Doherty is making her third career appearance in the championship after previously playing in the event in 2017 and 2018. She advanced to match play in the 2018 North & South Amateur after finishing in a tie for 10th place in two rounds of stroke play with scores of 75-75.
Doherty served as Florida State’s team captain in 2019 as she earned All-NCAA Championships Auburn Regional honors as she finished in a tied for sixth place in leading the Seminoles to second place finish in the regional championship. She helped lead Florida State to the NCAA Championship finals for the third consecutive time in her career. Doherty led the Seminoles to a second place finish in the ACC Championships, a second place finish in the NCAA Auburn Regional Championships and to a 12th place finish in the NCAA Championship Finals. The Seminoles’ finish at the ACC Championship marked their third consecutive second place finish in the event.
Pinehurst No. 2 is considered to be the centerpiece of Pinehurst Resort and is one of the world’s most celebrated golf courses. It has served as the site of more single golf championships than any course in America and hosted back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships for the first time in 2014. The U.S. Open will return in 2024.
Opened in 1907, Pinehurst No. 2 was designed by Donald Ross, who called it “the fairest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” The course is best known for its crowned, undulating greens, which are some of the most complex and widely hailed in the world.