David Fay Named 2011 Spirit International USA Team Captain

February 21st 2011 -

HOUSTON, TEXAS—David B. Fay, former executive director at the United States Golf Association (USGA), accepted the role of USA Team Captain for the 2011 Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship, November 1-7 at Whispering Pines Golf Club.

"The Spirit International is a highly respected event within the international golf community, showcasing a world-class field of men and women amateur golfers,” says Fay, “I am very honored to serve as USA Team Captain." 

Established in 2001, the Spirit International is a biennial event that alternates years with the World Amateur Team Championships (WATC). The low 20 countries from the final results at the WATC are invited to participate in the Spirit International. Each country is represented by their top two men and women amateur golfers most who are national champions. The international team competition is based on the combined best ball of the men’s team and the women’s team. Medals are also awarded for team and individual competitions.

Former Spirit International Team Champions include Mexico, led to victory by Lorena Ochoa in 2001. In 2003, the USA captured Gold with top performances by teammates Paula Creamer and Brandt Snedeker. England won back-to-back International Team Gold medals in 2005 and 2007.   LPGA star Paula Creamer returned in 2009 as USA Team Captain and motivated USA team members Alexis Thompson, Jennifer Johnson, Ben Martin and Jordan Spieth to win the Gold.

Spirit International founder Corby Robertson, Jr. says, “Our commitment is to promote global goodwill through the game of golf. Not only does the Spirit International showcase the best men and women amateur golfers from around the world, it gives these players the opportunity to establish friendships and, ultimately, to leave the tournament with lasting memories that reach far beyond the golf course.”

Whispering Pines Golf Club was designed by Chet Williams, Nicklaus Design Group, and since opening in 2000, has received impressive national and statewide recognition. Golf Digest named Whispering Pines as the #3 Best New Private Courses in America in 2000 and the Dallas Morning News has ranked Whispering Pines Golf Club as the #1 golf course in Texas every year since 2006. 

The World Health & Golf Association, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is responsible for the Whispering Pines membership program and tournament management of The Spirit International. The Texas Golf Association, a USGA Regional Golf Association, is the governing association for The Spirit International competition. 

For more information on The Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship please contact Tournament Director Eric Fredricksen at 281-298-2610 or efredricksen@whga.org or visit the official website: www.TheSpiritGolf.com.