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Linda Hartough named honorary captain of 2023 Georgia / South Carolina Junior Challenge Matches

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (July 20, 2023) – World-renowned golf landscape artist Linda Hartough ( has been named Honorary Captain of the 48th Annual Georgia / South Carolina Junior Challenge Matches. Alex Hamilton, senior director of the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, will officiate the events, which will be played July 29-30, 2023, at Chechessee Creek Club, in Okatie, S.C. 

“I am delighted to serve as Honorary Captain of these two junior golf events, each with such a fine history,” said Hartough, who has been a major supporter of the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation through the years. “Junior golf continues its robust growth in South Carolina, with these accomplished players leading the way.”

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The top eight finishers from this year’s Georgia State Junior golf tournaments and the top eight from the South Carolina State Junior tournaments have qualified to compete in the Matches. The 16 boys participating are ages 15-18. In a match play Ryder Cup-style format, the top eight players from Georgia play the top eight players from South Carolina. The team with the most points after two rounds of matches will win.

The Matches alternate between the two states. Since South Carolina hosts this year, Georgia will host next year.


About Linda Hartough

Linda Hartough has become recognized as one of golf’s leading artists as her work has gained international acclaim. Her golf landscape career was launched when Augusta National Golf Club commissioned her in 1984 to paint the famed 13th Hole.

Hartough is the only artist ever commissioned by both the USGA and the R&A Golf Club of St Andrews to do the annual painting and prints for the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. Her work is displayed in the permanent collections of such legendary clubs as Augusta National, Laurel Valley, Pinehurst and Pine Valley; in the personal collections of such golf notables as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd and Rees Jones; and in the collections of the USGA Museum, in Far Hills, N.J., and the Morris Museum of Art, in Augusta, Ga.

Hartough, a 2017 inductee into the Lowcountry Golf Hall of Fame, has been honored with the Golf Digest Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a Founding Trustee of the Academy of Golf Art, a professional society of golf artists established in 2004 to create an awareness and appreciation of golf art as a valuable segment of fine art.

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