Young Havelock High golfer has tie to PGA Championship host course


CHARLOTTE (WCTI) - People from all over North Carolina and even the country are in Charlotte this week for the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club.

Among them is junior golfer Elizabeth Ritchie, who transferred over the summer to Havelock High School. It's the first time she's seen a major in person since she was still in a stroller at the U.S. Open in 2005.

"It's really awesome to see all my favorite players," she said. "When I had the chance to come out here to Charlotte... I think I bought my tickets a year-and-a-half ago."

She's got a connection to the course, too, in that her uncle, Mike Ritchie, helped complete renovations at Quail Hollow back in 1997. But it wasn't until three years ago that she picked up the sport.

She attended a small Christian school in Newport up until this year and earned entry into the Junior High Point Open, where she finished 8th overall.

Her experience with golf has given her a true appreciation for the work the golfers put in behind the scenes.

"You see what these men and women have to do to get to the level where they're at and how hard and how difficult it actually is," Ritchie said.

Ritchie begins practice on Monday at her new school as an upperclassman at Havelock High.

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