Morgan Pressel
Ansley Golf Club - Settindown Creek
Roswell, GA
2005 U.S. Women’s Amateur

The third round of the Georgia Amateur Championship starts today, and if history tells us anything, it’s that Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown course will identify a worthy champion. If a tournament venue is judged the quality of its champions, then Settindown is one of the finest.

Its championship pedigree started in 1995 and 1996 with the hosting of the Nike Tour Championship. And whatever you think of the recent Betsy Ross shoe controversy, Nike Tour has a hell of a lot better ring to it than Korn Ferry Tour. Those two titles were won by local players Allen Doyle and Stewart Cink, and of course both went on to PGA Tour success.

In 2005, Settindown hosted the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. At the time, there were two young amateur stars in women’s golf, Morgan Pressel and Michelle Wie. Wie blew it off, instead choosing to play in a professional tournament, depriving the possibility of an epic showdown that would have been big for women’s golf. But Pressel came and emerged the champion.

The above photo shows her holing out for eagle from 100 yards on the 10th hole of Saturday’s semifinal match. The two photos below show the photographs I made of Maru Martinez on the 8th green just a few seconds before and after Morgan’s eagle. This demonstrates the importance of casting a wide net when photographing tournament golf. Your head better be on a swivel, or you just might miss something cool.