2021 SEC Women's Golf Championship
April 13-18, 2021
Legacy Course - Greystone Golf and Country Club - Birmingham, Alabama
Greystone Golf & Country Club - Legacy Course (Par 72)
This marks the eighth time for the Southeastern Conference Championship to be contested at Greystone Golf and Country Club in the Birmingham metro area. The SEC has conducted its annual championship at Greystone since 2013 (Founder's Course 2013-14, Legacy Course 2015-19).
The 2021 event will mark the third consecutive in which the championship will feature both stroke and match play, with match play on Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18. Three rounds of stroke play will occur the opening three days of the championship. The final round on Sunday was televised live on SEC Network for the first time in 2018 and will continue to be shown to a national audience once again in 2021.
Ole Miss won its first Southeastern Conference women's golf championship by defeating South Carolina 3-2 in the match play final at the 2019 event.
Macy Somoskey, who lifted the Rebels to victory in all three of their match play contests by winning in a playoff, defeated South Carolina's Lois Kaye Go on the fourth playoff hole to give Ole Miss the title. Earlier in the day, it was her win on the third playoff hole against Georgia that put the Rebels into the match play championship.
As its name implies, The Legacy Course builds on its revered predecessor's strengths, heightening the challenge to players. Carved naturally from a visually dramatic landscape of placid lakes, meandering streams and the undulation of Alabama's Appalachian foothills, The Legacy requires unwavering physical and mental acumen. Designed by world-famous Architect, Rees Jones, each hole is an inviting yet demanding contest, allowing the player to visualize the shot. The Zoysia fairways and Bent Grass Greens found at Legacy provide members with surfaces that are both challenging and rewarding.
The par-4 ninth hole will instill a healthy respect in even the most stalwart competitors. The green beckons a full 450 yards from the tournament tee, with the lure of several bunkers and a winding stream distracting one's attention. Surmounting these challenges may be achieved with accurate drives. but arriving at the green presents a final skills test. The slope and contour of the putting surface require absolute finesse.
Another worthy challenge is the par-5 eighteenth hole. Reminiscent of the esteemed sixth hole at Congressional Country Club -¬ also a Rees Jones project -- this 540-yard nemesis takes the player through the saddle of a ridge and downhill to an enticing green protected by a lake. The finishing hole provides a real risk-reward test for those who brazenly attempt to reach the green in two shots.
Designed to accommodate both member and PGA tournament play, The Legacy is destined to become a heavyweight among championship courses. Like its predecessor, the Legacy also provides a full complement of practice facilities.