Spirit International returns with a heightened profile in 2021
The Spirit International Amateur will return in 2021 when teams from around the world bring their best male and female amateur golfers to Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.
Spirit International 2021 will be played from November 1st to 6th.
Since its inception in 2001, the Spirit has hosted top US and international players, many of whom have become stars in professional golf. Previous winners include Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Brandt Snedeker, Martin Kaymer, Sei-Young Kim, Danny Willett, Lexi Thompson, Jordan Spieth and Brooke Henderson.
Other past participants include Jason Day, Thomas Pieters, Ya-Ni Tseng, Jessica Korda, Francesco Molinari, Si Woo Kim, Na Yeon Choi, and Charl Schwartzel.
In 2019 France (Adrien Pendaries, Julian Sale, Pauline Roussin Bouchard, Candice Mahe) won their first overall Spirit title with a total of 37 teams under par. Cole Hammer and Andy Ogletree (USA) won the men’s team title, while Jeong Hyun Lee and Ina Yoon (Korea) won the women’s team title. The Australians Jack Trent and Lee were the individual champions of the men and women.
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Mark Steinbauer In an effort to increase awareness of the event, the Spirit Golf Association (SGA) announced that Mark Steinbauer, PGA, has been named Vice President of the Spirit Golf Association. In his new role, Steinbauer will oversee the partnerships for The Spirit International Amateur. Steinbauer will also work on developing new nonprofit events for The Spirit Golf Association and its corporate partners.
Steinbauer is a PGA Class A Member, Master Professional and a 30 year veteran of the golf industry with extensive experience managing golf operations in private institutions, golf academies and schools.
“Mark is a forward-thinking and progressive PGA professional who has successfully played golf on golf courses in Texas and South Carolina every day,” said SGA President Charlie Epps Events to our team. Mark and I have worked together several times over the years. His energy and expertise made him my first call when we started our search for a Vice President. “
Steinbauer has had an extensive track record of sales and membership growth throughout his career. In addition to serving as director or host of numerous tournaments, including three USGA events, he has overseen course redesign, operational changes and rebranding initiatives.
“It’s an honor to join the Spirit Golf Association and I look forward to working with Charlie (Epps) and the rest of the The Spirit team again,” said Steinbauer. “This is a top notch, service minded organization and I can’t think of a better solution for me. I am ready to start. ”
Steinbauer has received numerous instructor awards, including the South Texas PGA Professional of the Year in 2015 and 2011. He was included in Golf Magazine’s prestigious Top 100 Instructor List in 2011 and has been a member of the PGA National Education Committee since 2017 Five-time winner of the South Texas PGA Horton Smith Award (Education), the Bill Strausbaugh Award 2010 (Club Relations) and the Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year Award 1994. Since 2000 he has served on the Presidential Advisory Board for TaylorMade and Adidas.
ABOUT THE The Spirit International Amateur
The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship is a world-class golf event that is held every two years. It presents the world’s best amateur men and women golfers who represent their respective countries in team and individual competitions. The 96 participants enjoy an Olympic experience from the opening / closing ceremony, the international village and the battle for gold medals.
The World Health & Golf Association and Texas Golf Association invite 24 countries from six continents to participate. The Spirit was founded in 2001 and is a biennial event that alternates tournament years with the World Amateur Team Championships.
The uniqueness of Spirit International includes the five simultaneous competitions: Combined International Championship, Men’s Team Championship, Women’s Team Championship, Men’s Singles and Ladies Singles.
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