Winnapaug Steps Up, Will Host Entire RI Junior Amateur

At a time in which golf course availability is at a premium, Winnapaug Country Club has stepped up in a big way. 

The Westerly based course will host the entire Rhode Island Junior Amateur this week. 

As GolfNewsRI reported, the tournament was originally going to be split between three different courses across the state – including Winnapaug. 

“Winnapaug Golf Club is thrilled to be the host of this years RI Junior Amateur Event. As an organization it is central to our mission to always remain focused on the golf community and we are proud that our course has become the partner to host the full event this year,” Winnapaug President and CEO Nicholas Scola told GolfNewsRI. 

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The tournament begins on Monday, August 1 with the stroke play qualifier and then match play begins on Tuesday afternoon, with the finals taking place on Friday afternoon. 

Max Jackson returns as the defending boys champion, while Kylie Eaton returns to defend her girls championship. 

“Our children, Nicole Scola & Bobby Scola, grew up competing in state, regional and national events, so it’s wonderful to have the ability to host the next generation of golfers at our course. We have worked hard to begin restoring the club to its former glory, and our superintendent Jimmy Trichter has made substantial improvements over the past year to make the course well suited for regional championship’s play,” said Scola. 

The winners of the Boys and Girls Junior Amateur will earn a spot in the New England Junior, which will be held in New Hampshire. 

“We wish the best of luck to every player who will participate in this year’s event.”

Winnapaug Set for Renovation 

This is the first of many big weeks ahead for Winnapaug as it gets set to undergo a big renovation starting in the fall. 

As GolfNewsRI reported, Jack Nicklaus’ company will begin renovating the course in October and continue over the next two to three years. 

“We are also thrilled for our new partnerships with Nicklaus Design Group (Jack Nicklaus’ golf course design firm which has successfully partnered with over 400 courses internationally) and Union Studios (a nationally awarded community design firm out of Providence, RI) to restore and develop the bordering properties to expand our ability to host events and guests year-round,” Scola tells GolfNewsRI about the upcoming plans. 

According to the press release from Nicklaus’ Designs, the restored course “will offer an unparalleled golf experience for golfers of all ages and skill levels.”

Scola adds, “The plans are centralized around restoring the course in the most sustainable and organic way, and creating limited suite rooms and amenities to extend the tourism season for year- round enjoyment. With the expanded facilities we are excited to easily host the players and their families for Rhode Island and New England events, and allow them the opportunity to experience the beautiful Westerly community.” 

This will be Nicklaus’ first course in Rhode Island.

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