In the field of 84 women competing at the Carolina Golf Classic starting Wednesday will be Emilia Migliaccio (Cary, NC), the highest-ranking American women amateur golfer in the world. The event, normally reserved for professional golfers, is part of the Symetra Tour, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA Tour. Migliaccio was awarded the exemption by the presenting sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
Migliaccio, who is enrolled at Wake Forest, made it to the Quarter Final round of the 2020 North & South Women’s Amateur before coming up short to Haylin Harris. Other Demon Deacons alumni playing this week are Cheyenne Woods (Phoenix, Arizona), Nannette Hill (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida), Allison Emrey (Charlotte, North Carolina), and Sierra Sims (Tampa, Florida).
In her first three years at Wake Forest, Migliaccio was named two-time First Team All-American and won the ACC Championship last year. With her junior season cut short, she was looking for opportunities to compete when she came across the Carolina Golf Classic presented by Blue Cross NC.
“I saw that there was an event in Pinehurst, and I thought this would be such a good opportunity. I’m just going to do everything I can, and we’ll see what happens,” said Migliaccio. “A few weeks later I got an email from Rinko Mitsunaga, who I know well since she played at Georgia, and she told me congratulations on the exemption. was just ecstatic. It’s really special to be able to play in my home state and have my mom caddie for me. She grew up playing on Pinehurst No. 9 when it was called Pinehurst National” Migliaccio told Symetra Tour Media Official Alison Palma.
Feature photo: Emilia Migliaccio, a Wake Forest Senior, plays a practice round on Pinehurst No. 9 ahead of the beginning of the Carolina Golf Classic. Migliaccio, the highest-ranking American amateur in the world, earned a sponsor’s exemption to play in this Symetra Tour event.
~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter John Patota.