HARDYSTON, N.J. – Having qualified to play in the U.S. Women’s Open as a 12-year-old and earning a spot on the LPGA Tour at age 15, golf prodigy Alexis Thompson has numerous experiences and distinct insight to share.  Through a mentoring program called “Red Bull Under My Wing with Alexis Thompson,” she will be inspiring and literally, giving wings to a group of local young girls in a unique, day-long gathering on Aug. 10 at Crystal Springs Resort.  The 16-year-old Thompson, will be joined by eight leading junior girl golfers from the New Jersey area.

One of the United States’ most decorated amateur golfers, Thompson, a product of Coral Springs, Fla., was named Golfweek’s 2009 Women’s Amateur Player of the Year and the 2009 Junior Girls Player of the year.  Along with being the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open, she has represented her country in the Junior Ryder Cup and Junior Solheim Cup, and was the youngest winner ever of the Junior PGA Championship in 2009.  One of her older brothers, Nicholas, plays on the PGA Tour.

“It’s definitely helped me having older brothers,” said Thompson, who is a Red Bull Athlete.  “We have these contests all the time.  It’s made us more competitive and more driven.”

At the Crystal Springs Resort event, Thompson will be able to relate to the local girls’ dreams to play golf.  “This is my dream,” she said.  “I want to be out there. I love the game.”  She can ask the girls if they are willing to spend as much time on the golf course as they do sleeping – 7 to 8 hours a day.  She can reflect on what it was like to grow 3 ½ inches between ages 11 and 12.

Or, she can talk about real pressure:  playing a five-hole loop in the evening against her brothers to see who gets stuck doing household chores.  “It’s no fun losing and having to make everybody’s beds for the week,” she recalls.

The schedule for “Red Bull Under My Wing with Alexis Thompson” on August 10 is as follows:

8 a.m.              Breakfast at Crystal Springs Tavern

9 a.m.              Clinic with Alexis Thompson

1 p.m.              Lunch at Crystal Springs Chef’s Garden

3 p.m.              Non-golf activity (Mountain Creek zip line, or Crystal Springs Spa)

Crystal Springs Resort is an upscale four-season leisure and residential resort, combining luxury accommodations, natural mountain beauty, and a wide array of amenities including: seven renowned golf courses; four-star Restaurant Latour; Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine cellar; two full-service spas ranked in the top 30 spas in America; the state-of-the-art Minerals Sports Club; multiple indoor and outdoor pools, including the distinctive Biosphere Pool Complex with an underground aquarium, tropical foliage and free form nature pools; Mountain Creek with 167 skiable acres on four mountain peaks, 100% night skiing, the region’s most extensive snowmaking system and overnight lodging at The Appalachian; plus a plethora of sophisticated venues for meetings, weddings and catered events.  The Resort’s two newest attractions, The Zipline Adventure and Mountain Coaster open this month.


Media Contacts:

For Crystal Springs Resort

Karen Moraghan

Hunter Public Relations




For Red Bull

Kellie Ann Conors




AT&T National Event Details

The AT&T National, held June 28-July 3, will welcome 120 of the PGA TOUR’s finest players at the 7,237-yard course in Newtown Square, Pa. Players — including defending champion Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, Sean O’Hair, Ernie Els, K.J. Choi, Rickie Fowler and Lucas Glover — will compete for the $6.2 million purse. In addition to honoring the military, the tournament will work to raise funds and awareness for the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation — as well as continue to support the college access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

University of Maryland Golf Course: Tour Tested

University of Maryland Golf Course:  Tour Tested

By Michael Williams
Contributing Editor
Newschannel8 Capital Golf Weekly
Washington, DC


For some years now, the prevailing thought has been that the better golf courses in the area are in the far suburbs of the Washington area. In fact, when the professional tours visit this area, they come to the courses that are within thirty minutes of the capital building. And of those courses, the only one that you can play without a Tour card or a pricey membership is the University of Maryland Golf Course on the College Park campus.  Located just across the street from the main campus, the course has benefitted from a multi-million dollar renovation that added drainage, bunkers and a general sprucing-up for its 50th birthday. As a result, the course was able to successfully woo the Nationwide Tour event hosted by Melwood and Under Armor.

The course, which was always challenging, is now aesthetically pleasing as well. The greens and tee boxes are extremely well-groomed, there are well-placed bunkers with plenty of sand, there are wide concrete cart paths (an underrated feature) and the landscaping is neat and thorough.  The course, designated as the Gold nine and the Black Nine, is a beefy 7015 yds. from the tips, but unless you like to hit lots of 3-woods into greens you will want to move up to one of the four other tee box options. The course gives you every opportunity to hit driver, with some of the most challenging par-4’s in the area. If you happen to play the course when the Melwood Open has been held, you will find that keeping the ball in the fairway is key because the rough will be longer than a German opera.

The signature holes are number 2 Gold, a 228-yd. par-3 to a tiered green, and number 9 Gold, a 547 yd. par-5 that plays uphill to a green that has several tough pin placements. But every golfer will find a hole that sets up for their eye and ability. And you will certainly appreciate the fact that there are no houses or buildings of any kind on the course; you will forget that you are in the middle of an urban college community.

Maybe the best news is that you can play this tour-quality course for a fraction of what many courses charge that don’t hold a candle to the UM course. Weekday rates start at $20 (you read that right) and students can play for just $18. In an economy that is taking its toll on everyone’s spare golfing money, this is a bargain that can’t be ignored. And after the round, stop in Mulligan’s Pub for the best Happy Hour deals anywhere ($2 drafts and $3 rail drinks).

You could go a long way and spend a lot more to get a golf experience like the one at the University of Maryland…but why would you?


University of Maryland National Golf Course
University of Maryland Campus
College Park, MD
(301) 314-GOLF