Amy Alcott Happy With Olympic Course Design

TheDesertSunAmy Alcott is a three-time winner of the ANA Inspiration and the first champion to leap into the lake next to the 18th green to celebrate.

But this summer Alcott will be taking part in another first in women’s golf. Alcott was part of the design team led by Gill Hanse in putting together the Rio de Janeiro course that will be used for the Olympic Games in August. Alcott said the challenge was to come up with a course that could challenge the best men and the best women in the world.

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Amy Visits Israel for the First Annual SHALVA Golf Tournament

HALL OF FAME golfer Amy Alcott tees off at the SHALVA Golf Tournament this week in Caesarea. (photo credit:YOSSI KLAR)It is quite difficult to say no to a request from SHALVA , the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.

Which is how World Golf Hall of Famer Amy Alcott found herself in the Holy Land this week for the first annual SHALVA Golf Tournament, held on Monday at the Caesarea Golf Club.

“A close friend of mine in the US – Jewish sports agent Arn Tellem – was involved in sponsoring the tournament, and when he reached out to me to come to Israel and be the honorary chairperson, I was thrilled to help bring attention to SHALVA internationally about the wonderful work they are doing,” said Alcott to The Jerusalem Post from SHALVA ’s impressive headquarters in Har Nof.

(The new SHALVA National Children’s Center will open its doors in August 2015 in the heart of Jerusalem.) Monday’s tournament and awards luncheon in Caesarea featured more than 100 participants and raised vital funds needed to support SHALVA ’s programs, which provide quality care for over 500 children with special needs, empowering their families, and promoting social tolerance.

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Amy Featured in Desert Golf & Tennis

Desert Golf & TennisAmy has once again been featured in an article enthusiastically covering her involvement in designing the golf course for the 2016 Olympics. Desert Golf & Tennis discusses all the weirdness, delays and political and legal maneuvering involved in the process, as well as all of the key stages where Amy’s experience and insight helped to bring the project to reality.

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The Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro Is Complete!

The Gil Hanse-designed golf course in Rio de Janeiro

Golfweek featured the update on the olympic golf course design in Rio de Janeiro which Amy has been involved in for more than a year. The article provides details of the layout, construction and future hopes for this historic golf course design.

Amy also spoke on a panel introducing the course to the press along with the co-designer of the course, Gil Hanse. Also appearing on the panel were: Ty Votaw and Peter Dawson of IGF, Suzanne Petersen of the LPGA, and Graeme McDowell of the PGA tour.

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