High School and College Shootout Offers Life-Changing Opportunity for Young Amateur Female Golfers

IRVING, TX., February 2, 2016 -- It is a classic nothing to lose and everything to gain sports drama. On March 16 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, 50 high school and 50 collegiate female golfers from across the country will tee it up in an 18-hole free roll for the chance to win a playing spot in the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout LPGA tournament April 26 – May 1.

The High School and College Shootout, presented by City Garage, will thrust two high school and two college golfers into the spotlight and on to the grandest stage in women’s golf against their LPGA heroes including the tournament’s defending champion Inbee Park, 2015 LPGA Player of the Year, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie and most of the biggest names on the LPGA. Last year, the tournament attracted 19 of the Rolex Rankings’ top 20 players and the top five season money leaders from 2015 were in the field.

Amber Wang of Sugar Land, Texas, winner of one of the high school exemptions last year, spoke on her experience:

“Qualifying for the Texas Shootout was by far the best experience I’ve ever had. It was amazing to play alongside some of the best players in the world, to hear their stories and experiences on the tour. I learned so much from the players, and it opened my eyes to how hard working and passionate all of these women are. This experience is something I will never forget. It was definitely the highlight of my golfing career!”

“For us amateur players, the qualifier is a fantastic opportunity to advance your career and learn from the best players in the world. I got to play my practice round with Inbee Park and my final round with Lydia Ko. It was an experience I will never forget,” commented Texas A&M golfer Marijosse Navarro.

The top high school and college golfers with a verified handicap of two or less will be selected by the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Amateur Selection Committee. Unlike in years past, both the High School and College Shootouts will be on the same day, March 16 at Las Colinas Country Club.

Applications to both the high school and college events are open to all female golfers nationwide. Applications are available now at www.LPGATexasShootout.com The deadline to submit an application is February 29 by 8 p.m. CT.

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