Crowne Plaza exemption on the line at Spirit Int’l

Jordan Niebrugge during his win in the 2013 Western Amateur.

Jordan Niebrugge during his win in the 2013 Western Amateur.

The winner of the men’s individual competition at the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship will receive a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

“We want to support amateur golf,” said Bobby Patton, tournament chairman for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. “Amateur golfers grow up to be professional golfers, and that’s our business. It’s the right thing to do to get involved early.”

The men’s individual champion is determined by low 72-hole individual score during the Spirit, a Four Ball competition that begins Oct. 30 at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

Scott Scheffler, Rolex Junior Player of the Year and No. 1 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, and Jordan Niebrugge, an Oklahoma State junior who played on the U.S. Walker Cup team, will represent the U.S..

Clemson freshman Ashlan Ramsey and Mississippi State junior Ally McDonald will represent the United States women's team.

The Crowne Plaza Invitational will be played at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, May 22-25.

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