Lauren Cupp (Photo submitted)

Women’s city tourney to tee off at Rome CC

Published Aug 9, 2018 at 4:10pm

The Rome City Women’s Amateur Tournament is set to tee off on Friday at Rome Country Club with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

Lauren Cupp, a seven-time city champion, is in her first year as tourney director after Pamella Spencer stepped down after being in charge of the event for many years.

“It’s pretty neat to take it over,” Cupp said. “The City Ams are important for Rome to have, and my whole intention of taking it over is to grow the event and I’d love to see the event grow more and more.”

Cupp, a New Hartford native who is also the men’s and women’s golf coach at Hamilton College, said that this is one of her favorite weekends of the year.

“There’s just good energy around the course,” she said. “It’s a pretty good field of 19 women this year,” Cupp said. “The tournament is going in the right direction. I wanted to have it paired up on the same weekend as the men’s tournament.”

The men’s city tournament is set to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. at both Rome Country Club and McConnellsville Golf Club.

The women’s tourney includes three divisions: Open, Senior (50 and older) and Junior (up to age 18).

The city champion will be the golfer with the low gross score from any of the divisions.

Cupp said that the women’s amateur was formerly a two-day event, but due to a decrease in numbers, the tournament was moved to one day.