Mack Champ was Cameron Champ’s grandfather who died in 2019 after battling stomach cancer, but his spirit lives on as the Mack Champ Invitational. At the 2023 Mack Champ Invitational, 47 young women (ages 11 to 18) played two competitive rounds in front of family, friends and college coaches. Come along as we explore several of these impressive athlete’s stories and highlights from this unforgettable tournament.
Inspired by his father, Mack, and with the support of his son, Cameron, Jeff Champ founded the Mack Champ Invitational, a tournament for the game’s best junior golfers from diverse backgrounds. 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.
Haven Ward of Atlanta, 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, Ward caught the attention of college coaches, and in fall 2023, she will be attending the University of Denver on a full golf scholarship.
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 two-day, third-annual Mack Champ Invitational on Friday and Saturday. She did it all with style, grace, humility and plenty of smiles.