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Country Club of Roswell to host LPGA event
by James Swift
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June 18, 2014 01:30 PM | 1560 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Country Club of Roswell will be the site of the third annual Judson Collegiate & Legends Pro-Am Challenge June 26 to 30. The five-day event brings amateur putters together with 30 Ladies Professional Golf Association legends and golfers from more than 30 universities.

Six-time Legends Tour Champion Rosie Jones and the Roswell-based JCI Foundation co-host the event.

Foundation President Kirk Knous said the event allows collegiate golfers to sharpen their skills by playing alongside senior tour greats.

“Most of your golf tournaments are just about having fun,” he said. “We really take it to the next level, where the pros are sharing their knowledge of life and business with the college students.”

Tournament director Jackie Cannizzo said the event is about much more than golf. She said the Challenge allows young women to develop mentor relationships with veteran golfers and make connections with the business community.

“There’s no other event like it,” Cannizzo said. “We have a full one-day leadership workshop that will feature great speakers, businesswomen from all around the country.”

The Challenge marks the only LPGA Legends Tour stop in the Southeast this summer. Golfers Nancy Lopez, Laura Davies and Jan Stephenson are all scheduled to participate in tournament play.

The event kicks off June 26 with a women’s leadership workshop at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell, followed by a pro-am competition on June 27.

A one-day Legends Tour tournament, with a $120,000 purse on the line, takes place June 28. A free youth golf clinic will be held the same day, with a Willow Springs Park concert scheduled after a Legends tournament awards ceremony that evening.

The Challenge concludes with a three-day collegiate tournament, set for June 28 to 30.

Lauren Judson, foundation vice-president and Roswell native, said the event is dedicated to her parents, Jim and Beth Judson. The couple died in a plane crash in 2010.

“My dad was my golf partner, and is a huge part of how I got a golf scholarship,” Judson said. “My mom earned her Ph.D. in ceramic engineering … she was extremely passionate about mentoring young women to pursue a career in the sciences.”

Combining her father’s love of the links with her mother’s desire to help women succeed, Judson said the Challenge is the perfect way to honor their memories. “This event is a beautiful representation of them, their passions and their lives,” she said.

More information about the event can be found at Judsongolf.com.
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