Steve Smyers Masterful Renovation Plays Host to this Week's 63rd U.S. Girl's Junior Championship

Top Quote The layout now features restructured bunkers, reconfigured teeing grounds and restored greens to historical shapes and strategy. End Quote
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL (1888PressRelease) July 20, 2011 - An original Tom Bendelow design, Olympia Fields South Course is host to this week's 63rd US Girls' Junior Championship.

    The course recently underwent a renovation and was restored to its original style and strategy in 2008 by Steve Smyers. According to Crain's Chicago Business Golf Writer H. Lee Murphy, the restored South Course is "a monstrously tough challenge that remains true to its origins, ranks as one of the finest course makeovers around Chicago in recent years". Olympia Fields (South Course) was the site of the 2010 Illinois Section PGA Championship and this year's USGA Girls' Junior Championship, and will be host to the 2012 Junior Ryder Cup, 2013 Western Amateur, and the 2015 US Amateur Championship.

    Over the past twenty years, Steve Smyers Golf Course Architects have been delivering championship golf course designs around the world. The company's core values are rich in tradition, ethics, and passion for the game. With over 50 projects spanning the globe, Steve Smyers has built an impressive golf course design portfolio that includes many of the world's top courses. Many of these courses have been placed in the top 100 in various polls including Old Memorial Golf Club, Wolf Run Golf Club, Southern Dunes Golf Club, Isleworth Country Club (home of The Tavistock Cup), Olympia Fields (South Course-2015 US Amateur), Grand Pines Golf Club, and Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club.

    Steve has been honored for his design work by various organizations including Golf's Most Influential Architects, Golf Inc. Magazine/Spring 2011, Architect of the Year: iGolf, America Online, 1996, Leading Architect of "The Next Generation": Golf World Special Report, 1994, and ranked among "The Game's Leading Architects": Golf World Special Report, 1998. Steve currently serves the USGA Executive Committee as treasurer.

    For more details, visit

    John Oney (john ( @ ) eventrics dot com)
    Office: 863.683.3905

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