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Pinehurst on Monday and Tuesday. Hilton Head Island Wednesday. Then, back to Greenville a day later and looking ahead to USGA qualifying and the Women’s State Amateur Championship to start another week.

Go on! Go on! Go on. That’s Clarissa Childs’ challenge these days, and she loves it.

“Crazy but hey,” said Childs, executive director of the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association, when explaining her schedule. “If I go like this, good things have to happen.”

They are.

Golf has seen a general boom since the coronavirus outbreak began more than two years ago, and the WSCGA is here with an incredible growth spurt.

“More and more women are playing all the time,” Childs said.

The proof comes in the form of one-day WSCGA events like one Wednesday at Hilton Head Island that necessitated Childs’ whirlwind trip to the Lowcountry.

“The turnout is incredible, double what we had last year,” said Childs, who took over the WSCGA helm in 2017 after a career as an All-American in South Carolina, competing on the LPGA Tour as USC’s Women’s Golf Assistant. staff and guiding the Newberry College team. “We had around 350 players on our days last year and we had 753 this year.

“There are always new women who want to play the game, and no matter her disability or how long she has been playing, we have something for everyone. We want to keep women involved in the game.”

Many of the state’s best players will put their skills to the test at the Women’s State Amateur which takes place Tuesday through Thursday on the Old Hickory course at the Fort Jackson Golf Club. A day earlier, a preview of the stars of tomorrow will take place at Spring Valley Country Club during qualifying for the US Girls’ Junior Amateur.

“Busy, busy and worth every minute,” Childs said. “Qualifying and the women’s amateur have really strong fields.”

The top three players in the SC Junior Golf Association rankings – Adrian Anderson (Murrells Inlet), Sydney Roberts (Chesnee) and Isabella Rawl (Lexington) – headline the junior qualifiers in Spring Valley. Anderson signed to play at College of Charleston, and Roberts and Rawl are linked to Clemson. Ella Stalvey and Caroline Hawkins, members of Blythewood’s Class 5A State Championship team, will also compete.

Furman golfer Sophia Burnett (Bluffton) will defend her women’s amateur state title against a field that includes players who finished 2-3-4 a year ago – Emma Schimpf (Daniel Island/College of Charleston), Mary Kathryn Talledo (Spartanburg/College of Charleston) and Roberts. Stalvey and Hawkins both posted top 10s a year ago and will be joined by Blythewood High teammate Paige Paolucci in the 54-hole tournament.

Childs chose Old Hickory, the more difficult of the two Fort Jackson layouts, and that’s no coincidence.

“I’ve played charity events in Fort Jackson and love the Old Hickory layout,” she said. “We’re going to play about 6,000 yards and have different distances for par-3s.

“Yes, it’s the more difficult of the two courses, but it’s a state championship and it’s not supposed to be easy.”

After the Women’s Amateur, there are more one-day events, the Junior Women’s State Championship at Arcadian Shores in North Myrtle Beach, the Georgia/South Carolina Junior Women’s Challenge Matches and the Open. Women’s State at Cobblestone Park.

“There’s a lot going on,” Childs said, “and it’s great. There’s definitely a lot going on in women’s golf.

Chip shots. Former USC All-American Scott Stevens earned his first professional win at the PGA Tour Canada’s Royal Beach Victoria Open in Victoria, BC. Stevens birdied the 18th hole to tie for the title, then birdied three straight to win the playoffs. … USC women’s coach Kalen Anderson has won Southern Region Coach of the Year honors from the Golf Pride Women’s Golf Coaches Association. With four new players on the roster, the Gamecocks won the school record five of eight regular season tournaments and finished 14th in the NCAA championship. … Brady Gregor, head coach at High Point College for the past five years, has joined the USC men’s program as an associate head coach. He replaces Ben Dietrich, who left the program for a position outside of coaching. … The Sonic Columbia City Women’s Championship will be played June 20-21 at Forest Lake Club. The Midlands Chevy Dealers Columbia Men’s Championship will be held July 14-16 at the Northwoods Spur.