Crowne Plaza Inv. exemption on line at Spirit
By Cassie Stein, Golfweek

The winner of the men’s individual competition at the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship will receive a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

“We want to support amateur golf,” said Bobby Patton, tournament chairman for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. “Amateur golfers grow up to be professional golfers, and that’s our business. It’s the right thing to do to get involved early.”

The men’s individual champion is determined by low 72-hole individual score during the Spirit, a Four Ball competition that begins Oct. 30 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

Scott Scheffler, Rolex Junior Player of the Year and No. 1 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, and Jordan Niebrugge, an Oklahoma State junior who played on the U.S. Walker Cup team, will represent the U.S..

Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey and Mississippi State junior Ally McDonald will represent the United States women's team.

The Crowne Plaza Invitational will be played at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, May 22-25.

ABOUT THE The Spirit International Amateur

The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship is world class golf event played every other year. It features the world’s best amateur men and amateur women golfers as they represent their respective country in team and individual competitions. The 96 participants enjoy an Olympic-like experience from the Opening/Closing Ceremonies, international village and competing for gold medals. The World Health & Golf Association and Texas Golf Association invite 24 countries from six continents to participate. Established in 2001, The Spirit is a biennial event that alternates tournament years with the World Amateur Team Championships.

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