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USGA Features Hinds, 2023 MCI for Girls Champ

Alaythia Hinds holding trophy after winning 2023 Mack Champ Invitational
Alaythia Hinds won the 2023 Mack Champ Invitational at The Club at Carlton Woods.

Alaythia Hinds, the 2023 Mack Champ Invitational winner, was one of two Black golfers in the field at the 2024 U.S Women’s Amateur Four-Ball at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio.

Hinds and her four-ball partner, Erica Villegas, missed the cut at Oak Hills after shooting even par in the stroke-play competition on May 11 and 12, but Hinds still has lots to look forward to this summer, including trying to qualify for the U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Amateur and heading off to a college career at Howard University.

The USGA recently wrote about Hinds, her history with the Cameron Champ Foundation, her 2023 victory at the Mack Champ Invitational, and her upcoming college career. You can read the article on the USGA’s website.

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Pena’s Record Round Highlights Stormy MCI for Boys

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Evan Pena had six birdies and no bogeys in the second round.

Evan Pena shot a tournament-record 66 in the second round to win the rain-shortened 2024 Mack Champ Invitational for Boys at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston.

Pena, a member of the class of 2026 from Puerto Rico, was 6-under for the tournament, three shots clear of Joseph Gutierrez (2026) from Whittier, CA, and Aadi Parmar (2027) from Selma, TX.

Storms led to several delays during the tournament and the cancelation of Sunday’s final round.

In the 12-and-under division, Andrew Ayuso from Cypress, TX, was the winner at 9-over. His brother Blake shot 74 on Saturday to finish 12-over for the tournament and take the 10-and-under title. 

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Fourth Annual MCI for Girls Is in the Books

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Lydia Portlock and Kayla Jackson with Cameron after their victories.

Two new champions were crowned at the fourth annual Mack Champ Invitational for Girls, which was played April 12 and 13 at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, TX.

Lydia Portlock, a high school junior from San Antonio who has committed to play college golf at Texas, edged 2022 champ Alona Avery in the over-13 division, and Kayla Jackson, a 5th grader from Charlotte, won the 12-and-under division.

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Pla and Lizama Play With the Pros at Torrey Pines

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Jayden Lizama hitting his opening tee shot at the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Invitational.

When Jayden Lizama and Staci Pla won the 2023 Cisco Junior Series presented by the APGA and the Cameron Champ Foundation last summer, they also punched their tickets to Torrey Pines.

Lizama is one of two amateurs playing in the APGA Tour Farmers Insurance Invitational this weekend, and Pla played a pro-am round for the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open with Collin Morikawa and Alex Morgan, an amazing opportunity captured in the video below.

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MCI Returning to The Club at Carlton Woods and Memorial Park

Aleah Shields-Rodipe and Alaythia Hinds
Aleah Shields-Rodipe and Alaythia Hinds were the girls champs in 2023.
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Shiv Parmar, left, and Isaiah Diaz with Cameron after winning the boys divisions in 2023.

We are excited to share the dates for the fourth annual Mack Champ Invitational.

The girls tournament is returning to The Club at Carlton Woods, site of The Chevron Championship, from April 11-13. The boys will be back at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston from May 2-5.

Tournament invitations will go out February 2nd for the girls and March 4th for the boys. To be considered for the tournament, join our junior golf database.

The MCI, inspired by the memory of Mack Champ, was created not only to provide an elite competitive experience for junior golfers of diverse backgrounds, but also to serve as a springboard into top-tier tournaments and college scholarships while creating an environment where players and families can build relationships that last a lifetime.

We can’t wait to continue the tradition in 2024!

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Mack Champ Invitational Featured in PGA Tour Video

The PGA Tour produced this video feature on the 2023 Mack Champ Invitational for Girls.

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Win in Houston Has Opened Doors for a Sacramento Native

Alaythia Hinds holding trophy after winning 2023 Mack Champ Invitational
Alaythia Hinds won the 2023 Mack Champ Invitational at The Club at Carlton Woods, which was set up for The Chevron Open, the first major of the LPGA Tour season.

This is a Sacramento story with a Houston highlight and many more plot developments to come.

Back in 2017, Alaythia Hinds and her father, Lamar, followed Cameron Champ in the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa. It was the second professional tournament for Cameron, who was still at Texas A&M and played on a sponsor’s exemption. Alaythia, now a 17-year-old rising senior at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, CA, got to meet Cameron that week and was inspired to see a fellow Sacramento-area native playing at the game’s highest level.

“It was cool being able to connect with someone from the area, seeing how they’ve grown and how they’re succeeding in golf,” she said.

Alaythia Hinds with Cameron Champ in 2018
Alaythia with Cameron in 2018.

Alaythia’s relationship with the Cameron Champ Foundation has deepened over the years as she has volunteered at foundation-sponsored junior events at Foothill Golf Course and has traveled to Houston to play in all three Mack Champ Invitationals. After finishing 9th in 2021 and 15th in 2022, Alaythia shot even par (73-71) to take first place at this year’s MCI, which was significantly different from the first two iterations of the tournament. For the first time, the tournament was separate from the boys’ event, and it moved to a new course, The Club at Carlton Woods, site of The Chevron Championship, the first major of the LPGA Tour season.

But despite these changes, one thing remained the same: the MCI provided a unique environment for juniors from diverse backgrounds (and their families) to form lasting bonds.

“For all the years I’ve gone to the Mack Champ, I’ve definitely appreciated the experience of meeting a lot of people,” she said. “I get to interact with a lot of the players, more than I do at other tournaments, and I still keep in touch with some of them.”

Lamar contrasted the MCI experience with other junior events.

“It’s great to meet and see other families who are in the same boat you are, who are also trying to navigate the junior golf thing,” he said. “Typically she is the only African American golfer in a tournament. We just did a USGA qualifier, and out of 80 girls, she was the only African American in the field. So the MCI is completely different from our normal tournaments.”

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Alaythia Hinds in the final round of the 2023 Mack Champ Invitational.

But the MCI is not only about relationships. Alaythia’s victory this year has opened many competitive doors, including the chance to play in the John Shippen National Invitational (June 5-7, Grand Rapids, MI) and exemptions into the IMG Academy Junior World Championship (July 11-13, San Diego) and the Junior PGA Championship (Aug. 1-4, Hot Springs, AR).

“You have to be ranked really high to play in these tournaments,” she said. “Thanks to the opportunity that the Mack Champ Invitational has given me, I am able to compete.”

Closer to home, Alaythia is heading to Stanford for the First Tee National Championship in July and is looking forward to the high school golf season later this year, where she hopes to help Pleasant Grove improve on its fourth-place finish at the 2022 CIF State Girls Golf Championships. Alaythia tied for seventh in the individual standings.

Alaythia still has time to figure out what happens after high school, and though it seems certain golf will continue to take her places, she also excels in the classroom and as a musician. She is a 4.0 student and a violinist who plays with the Sacramento Youth Symphony.

“I do hope to play Division I golf in college,” she said, “and I’m excited to see what opportunities come next.”

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Golf Digest Video Series Features MCI, Ward and Amezado

Golf Digest documented the 2023 Mack Champ Invitational for Girls with this video series, which features an overview of the tournament and profiles of Haven Ward and Afi Amezado.

Episode 1: The Mack Champ Invitational

On April 13-15 at The Club at Carlton Woods, 47 young women from all over the world competed in front of family, friends and college coaches. From aces and playoffs to high-fives and hugs, the event offered several days of great golf and an abundance of inspiration.

Episode 2: Haven Ward

Haven Ward, the daughter of a single mother, has greatly benefited from the Mack Champ Invitational. Through exemptions and opportunities provided by Jeff Champ and the competitive atmosphere of the tournaments he has organized the last three years, the Atlanta native caught the attention of college coaches, and in fall 2023, she will be attending the University of Denver on a full golf scholarship.

Episode 3: Afi Amezado

Afi Amezado, a 14-year-old from an impoverished pocket of Accra, Ghana, boarded a plane bound for America on Wednesday, April 12, played a practice round at Carlton Woods in Houston on Thursday afternoon, and then competed in the Mack Champ Invitational on Friday and Saturday. She did it all with style, grace, humility and plenty of smiles.

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Girls Put on a Show at a Major Tournament Venue

The Mack Champ Invitational girls tournament moved to a major tournament course this year, and the competitors were more than up to the challenge.

After two years at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston, the MCI for Girls moved to the Nicklaus Course at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, a Houston suburb. The course was prepped for the LPGA’s Chevron Championship, the first women’s major of the season, which started the week after the MCI.

Alaythia Hinds, a junior from the Sacramento area, won the 13-to-18 division after making a birdie on the par-5 18th in a playoff against Callia Ward, a sophomore from Albuquerque. Both players were even par after 36 holes of regulation play.

Aleah Shields-Rodipe, a 7th-grader from nearby Conroe, TX, shot 70-79 for a five-over total to win the 12-and-under division. Vivian Lott (Fayetteville, GA) was second at eight over, and Layla Phillips (Harbor City, CA) was third.

In a remarkable turn of events, Shields-Rodipe got the first hole-in-one in MCI history on No. 3 in the first round, and Lott scored her own ace on the 12th hole in the second round.

As always, though, the MCI was about more than golf. The tournament brings together diverse golfers and their families for a chance to build lasting relationships.

Brenna Preap, a senior from Stockton, CA, who will play college golf at Grand Canyon University next year, described the importance of the MCI this way: “People see golf as a rich sport, you have to come in with wealth, but with the Mack Champ, they bring a lot of diverse players in and show that we also are part of the golf world.”

Shields-Rodipe said that she appreciated the chance to play in a tournament with such a diverse field.

At the Mack Champ Invitational, she said, “other people that look like me and play golf like me can have the same opportunities as I do.”

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