Oklahoma Commit, Audrey Rischer Wins 108th Women’s Southern Amateur Championship

Tuscaloosa, June 7, 2024 – The 108th Women’s Southern Amateur concluded mid-morning on Friday at the Ol’ Colony Golf Complex, with Junior Medalist Audrey Rischer securing a decisive 5 and 4 victory. Rischer faced SMU Senior Ashley Chow in an early Friday morning match that quickly saw Rischer take control and set a dominant tone. The match reached its conclusion on the 14th hole when Chow missed her par putt, securing Rischer’s win.

In Contention: Audrey Rischer, from Columbia, Missouri, clinched the 108th Women’s Southern Amateur this year, adding to her accolades the title of Junior Medalist, an honor she earned earlier this week as the low junior after two rounds of qualifying stroke play. With a gleaming smile and a grateful heart, Rischer packed her clubs and jumped into her parents’ car for a nine-hour drive back to Missouri around 10:30 AM on Friday at Ol’ Colony, proudly carrying two pieces of hardware.

Throughout the week, Rischer has made a name for herself as a golfer to watch, not only during this competition but also as she begins her collegiate career at Oklahoma. As the Championship match commenced on Friday, Rischer quickly heated up, birdying the first hole and swiftly moving to 3 up through the first 4 holes at Ol’ Colony. Rischer struck shot after shot, giving herself a chance for birdie on nearly every hole, rarely fumbling to make bogey. Eventually, as the match progressed, the competition became a game of putts and Rischer was able to come away with the win after putting it close for birdie on the Par 5 14th hole.

Observed by WSGA Directors, volunteers, locals, and other staff, it was evident that Rischer played with poise, grace, and confidence. Despite her dominant performance, Rischer remained humble and grounded, carefully walking the course and analyzing the greens, fully aware that her opponent, Ashley Chow, full of experience at the NCAA and USGA levels, was more than capable of making a strong comeback. This balance of confidence and humility is what sets Rischer apart and highlights her as a promising talent in the world of golf, not only as a player but also as an individual.

Weather: Perhaps the most beautiful day of the entire tournament at Ol’ Colony was saved for ideal timing. Clear skies and a slight breeze welcomed the two golfers this morning, with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to lower-80s throughout the entire Championship match.

Golf Course: Built in 2000, Ol’ Colony is a Jerry Pate designed 18-hole championship golf course with 25 acres of lakes that come into play on several holes. The Bermuda grass fairways and greens are very well maintained. A premier golfing destination renowned for its challenging layout and stunning natural beauty, it has hosted the 2022 DI Men’s Golf Regional and the Epson tour.

What’s Next: The 109th Women’s Southern Amateur will take place at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, Louisiana June 2-5, 2025.

More Info: For more information on the 2024 Women’s Southern Amateur click here.