TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Alice Hodge and Taylor Roberts, a pair of freshmen members of the Florida State Women’s Golf team, will play as individuals at the GCAA Amateur Series Powered by Golfstat at the Rivermont Golf Club in Johns Creek, Ga. The event runs September 12 and 13 and is open to varsity men’s and women’s college golfers from the 2019-20 school year, those who are on a varsity roster in the 2020-21 school year, college age individual amateur golfers who meet playing standards as defined by the Amateur Series and a limited number of non-college age amateurs.
The Atlantic Coast Conference cancelled team competition among the 12 ACC women’s golf teams on July 29, 2020 because of health concerns surrounding COVID-19. The ACC said at the time: Student-athletes competing in golf remain “eligible to compete unattached,” and they may continue to practice at their school’s discretion.
The series, presented by the Golf Coaches of America, will all be held over two days (Saturday-Sunday) and 54 holes; Both men’s and women’s golfers will compete in the same tournament using two sets of tees. Tournaments will be recognized by the World Amateur Golf Ranking and points will be awarded.
The GCAA Series began in August and runs through November with a total of 23 events currently scheduled.
“I’m excited to get back out and play again,” said Hodge. “I haven’t competed in a while, so I’m approaching this tournament without any expectations.”
Hodge (Larchmont, N.Y.), who was named as the 2016-17 International Junior Golf Tour Player of the Year, is in her freshman season at Florida State. She played well this summer as she finished in a tie for 12th place at the Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship and advanced to match play at the 118th North and South Women’s Amateur Championship at Pinehurst.
Roberts (Parkland Fla.) was named the 2017 Girls Junior Player of the Year by the Florida State Golf Association (FSGA), and also recently began her freshman year as a Seminole.
“I’m looking forward to competing again since it’s been a little bit of time since I last teed it up,” said Roberts. “I love competing so to be able to go back out and play always gets me excited. I’m looking forward to gaining experience at a collegiate level and I’m hoping this event will help me get my game ready for the spring season.”
Roberts won the individual championship at the GolfWeek Myrtle Beach Collegiate and finished in a tie for third place at the Florida State Golf Association Women’s Amateur in competition this summer.
Each of the GCAA events will be played with a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 84 players.
The Rivermont Golf Club has played host to nearly thirty qualifiers for the United States Golf Association as well as a dozen Atlanta Amateur Championships for the Georgia State Golf Association. The course has also hosted events for the Georgia Section of the PGA, the Atlanta Junior Golf Association and the Southern Golf Association. In 2018, Rivermont hosted the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Championship and in 2020 will host sectional qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship as well as for the Southern Amateur Championship.
Tee times begin at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday and 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. Results can be found at Golfstat.com.