Past champs Roig, Albrecht return to Sebring
A look at the Harder Hall Invitational, which begins on Thursday in Florida.
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Harder Hall Invitational
Jan. 3-6, Harder Hall Golf Club, Sebring, Fla.
Notables in the field: Former Harder Hall champs Kyle Roig and Ashleigh Albrecht; 2012 Curtis Cupper Erica Popson; Latanna Stone, who qualified for U.S. Women’s Amateur at age 10; Isabelle Lendl, winner of last week’s Dixie Amateur; Ashlan Ramsey, ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings and older sister Taylor Ramsey.
The skinny: Carol Semple Thompson, the matriarch of women’s amateur golf, runs this historic event in middle-of-nowhere Florida. Past champs include Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis, Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome. This year’s weather will be unusually warm, with temps in the mid-70’s. Harder Hall is known for its frigid weather. U.S. Women’s Am finalist Jaye Marie Green withdrew several years back with fears of frost bite.
Overall, this year’s field is fairly weak with the Curtis Cup not coming until 2014. Last year’s champ, Charley Hull, turned pro and will play in Europe.