August 6th 2015 - Houston, Texas – Rob Addington, the Executive Director of the Texas Golf Association, has been named Captain of the 2015 U.S. Team for The Spirit International, to be played at Whispering Pines Golf Club on Oct. 9-15.
The Spirit International is a biennial Olympic-style tournament that features the best amateurs in the world based on the most recent World Amateur Team Championships results. Each of the top 20 countries in the world sends a team consisting of two men, two women and a captain to compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in both individual and team events during a three-day, 54-hole championship at spectacular Whispering Pines GC.
Since its inception in 2001, The Spirit International has been a showcase for “tomorrow’s stars” of men’s and women’s golf. Professional major champions who competed as amateurs at The Spirit International include some of the game’s biggest names. Jordan Spieth, Paula Creamer, Lexi Thompson, Martin Kaymer, Lorena Ochoa, Charl Schwartzel and Yani Seng all played in The Spirit International. Other notable alumni include Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day, Ben Martin, Jessica Korda, Charley Hull, Danny Willett, Peter Uihlein, Brooke Henderson, Francesco and Edoardo Molinari and Matteo Manassero.
Most recently, the 2013 U.S. Team was captained by Paige Mackenzie of the LPGA Tour and the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive program. A member of the 2005 U.S. Team that won a silver medal, Mackenzie in 2013 captained U.S. Team members Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Niebrugge, Ally McDonald and Ashlan Ramsey to four gold medals and one silver.
Addington hopes to continue the tradition of successful U.S. Teams at The Spirit International. As the governing body for the event, the TGA has had a long and close relationship with The Spirit International. Addington spoke of the privilege and honor he’s experienced from the administrator side and looks forward to his captaincy.
“It has always been one of my favorite events and truly represents all that is good in amateur golf,” said Addington, who in addition to running the TGA also serves as Executive Director of the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association and President of the International Association of Golf Administrators. “If there is a real Olympics in golf, The Spirit is it. Twenty countries with today’s best amateur players and certainly the stars of tomorrow.”
Following the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Amateur championships, Addington plans to announce his 2015 U.S. Team members at the Spirit Media Outing on Sept. 21.
A native Texan, Addington grew up playing Royal Oaks Country Club and Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. He played collegiately for the University of Texas at Austin. Under his leadership, the TGA has been recognized by the USGA as the fastest-growing golf association in the country for nine of his 12 years as Executive Director.
Every other year, the 80 participants of The Spirit International enjoy an Olympic-like experience, complete with Opening Ceremonies, International Village accommodations, festive dinner parties, Closing Ceremonies and the main event: a 54-hole team and individual golf championship in which the world’s best amateurs compete for gold medals.
The Spirit is hosted by The Spirit Golf Association, a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to promoting amateur golf for the benefit of health related causes. For information on The Spirit Golf Association membership and Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship opportunities, visit thespiritgolf.com or contact The Spirit Golf Association office at 281-298-2610.