(Source: UT Sports Information)
Former Rocket Allison Schultz (Cincinnati, OH) is competing in the 111th annual North & South Amateur this week at the historic Pinehurst Resort. Schultz will tee off on Tuesday, July 16 at 12:36 p.m. on the No. 4 course.
Three rounds of stroke play will be followed by four rounds of match play to determine the champion. The 132-player field will be cut to the low 60 and ties following the second round. The final 60 players and ties will compete for the 16-player match play field and medalist honors. The top 16 players who qualify for match play will compete on Pinehurst No. 2.
Schultz graduated from UT this past spring with a degree in exercise science and posted a 78.4 stroke average that ranked 15th in the Mid-American Conference. She led the Rockets in the fall with a 76.4 scoring mark but suffered a rib injury in the spring which limited her effectiveness and participation. Schultz registered a career-best second-place showing at the season-opening Redbird Invitational with a career-low six-over par 222 (75-76).
Golfers come from around the Carolinas, the East Coast and the world to enter the North & South each year. Many collegiate players have begun their careers participating in the North & South Amateur: Harvie Ward, from the University of North Carolina, Arnold Palmer, from Wake Forest, William Campbell, from Princeton, Peggy Kirk Bell, from Rollins College, Page Marsh, from University of North Carolina, and Beth Bauer, from Duke just to name a few.
Past champion and PGA Tour veteran Curtis Strange says, "It is a tournament that you will always remember, if you turn professional, if you go into business. You will always want to return and play in the North & South if you're an amateur. It's just something you'll cherish forever; I know we [PGA Tour professionals] do. If you happen to play well, it's an added bonus. If you win, you pretty much are going to solidify yourself on a Walker Cup Team, a World Cup Amateur Team, or something like that. It's a wonderful tournament; a prestigious tournament. And when you win a tournament like that, it's something special."