Emily Goldenstein is ready to tee it up and play in the 88th edition of the Missouri Women’s Amateur.
History will be in the air as players and golf fans make the drive through the Village of Country Club to the St. Joseph Country Club. The Women’s Amateur returns to St. Joseph Country Club for the eighth time.
The three-day tournament begins Monday (July 16). The venerable golf course, which dates back to 1912, has hosted the tournament more than any other Missouri golf course, the first was 1938.
Goldenstein graduated from the University of Memphis this spring.
Goldenstein, a Parkway West graduate from Chesterfield, tied for second last summer in the event with Kayla Eckelkamp, of Washington and a Maryville graduate. Both women tallied a combined score of 225.
Goldenstein won the 2016 Women’s Amateur. Eckelkamp is the 2018 Missouri Women’s Mid-Amateur champion, which she recently won.
Twenty-four-year-old Missouri star, by way of Carnoustie Scotland, Jessica Meek will be back to defend the title she won in St. Louis last July at Algonquin Golf Club.
The top three finishers from last year will be tested early as they are in the first group off at 7:30 a.m. Monday.
A total of 56 women are in the field.
Goldenstein said she hasn’t been playing as much as she has in the past. She has a job now.
“I graduated this past May from Memphis and have been working this summer instead of playing golf all the time,” Goldenstein said. “I haven’t played much at all since the conference tournament for college in April. I still look forward to playing golf still, I just haven’t made it my priority like I did for several years.”
The Women’s Amateur is one of her favorite events.
“I’m excited to still get out there and play and see how goes,” Goldenstein said. “I’m looking forward to seeing players I haven’t seen in a while and spending some time with friends.
“I am not really going into the tournament with any expectations this year like I have in the past. I truly want to just go out there and have fun and play the game.”
Her senior season at Memphis went very well. Goldenstein earned all-conference honors from the American Athletic Conference. It is the first career all-conference honor for her.
Goldenstein’s 73.45 scoring average this season is the best in Memphis history. Goldenstein also set a school record with 16 rounds under par this season. Hr 89 birdies in 2016-17 rests at the top of the Memphis record book.
Goldenstein graduated with a degree in accounting. She ended her career with four straight top-six finishes, including the sixth place finish in The American Championships.
She was a two-time AAC Player of the Week this season and will wrap her career with 108 competitive rounds played with 13 top 10 finishes in 39 career tournaments.
Goldenstein capped her college career by being named as one of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholars, for having a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher through this past season.
Goldenstein’s fourth consecutive WGCA All-American Scholar athlete caps what was a record-setting senior season at Memphis.
Recent previous winners at St. Joe Country Club have been Ellen Port in 2001, Lindsey Murfin in 1987 and Karen Schull MacGee in 1979.