One of the most prestigious women's amateur golf events on the East Coast will be held at the Country Club of York this week.
CCY will play host to the Women's Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship from Tuesday through Thursday.
The WEGA, incorporated in 1906, is one of the oldest women's golf associations in the United States that conducts an amateur championship in stroke-play format. CCY previously hosted this event in 2002.
The WEGA includes member clubs in the 16 states along the Atlantic seaboard and the District of Columbia.
Many of the East's most prestigious golf clubs have been host to this championship, including Aronimink, Baltusrol, Congressional, Merion and The Country Club.
Two CCY players -- Connie Shorb and Amy Kennedy -- will compete in this week's event. Shorb and Kennedy are very familiar names to York County golf fans. Shorb owns 30 Women's York County Amateur Golf Association titles, including the 2011 crown, while Kennedy has won four of the last seven WYCAGA titles.
Four members of the Penn State women's golf team are also entered.
Four former WEGA champions are in this year's field -- Noreen Friel Mohler (1977), Anne Fraser (2003), Isabelle Lendl (2009) and Brittany Altomare (2010). Noreen Mohler, a local favorite, is also a former Curtis Cup captain. Lendl is the daughter of former pro tennis star Ivan Lendl.
Several former WEGA champions have gone on to successful LPGA Tour careers. Some of the more notable recent champions are Virada Nirapathpongporn (won at CCY in 2002), Beth Bauer (2000), Jenny Chausiriporn (1997, 1998) and Laura (Philo) Diaz (1996).
The field of 67 players will compete over 6,055 yards. Spectators are welcome.
WYCAGA event set: The Women's York County Amateur Golf Association championship is set for next week at Regents' Glen Country Club.
The quarterfinals in the match-play event are set for Tuesday, June 19, followed by the semifinals on Wednesday, June 20. The championship match is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21.
Both Shorb and Kennedy are expected to compete. Players in each flight will be seeded according to their United States Golf Association handicap. The players with the top eight handicaps will make up the championship flight.
-- Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.