GALLOWAY, New Jersey — Ladies Professional Golf Association golfer and Jacksonville native Amelia Lewis hosted the winner of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour girls’ national championship, Alia Scotka of Crestview, at the ShopRite LPGA Classic the weekend of June 4 in Galloway.
During the week of the ShopRite LPGA Classic, Lewis provided Scotka with the experience of a lifetime.
Alia, the daughter of Bella and Marek Scotka of Crestview, joined Lewis and Sandra Gal for a chance to witness their practice round inside the ropes May 30. Later that afternoon, the Niceville High School freshman joined Lewis on a trip to a local youth recreational facility, where Lewis gave putting lessons to special-needs children.
The next day, Alia was able to watch Lewis play her pro-am. She also toured the course and the venue to see an LPGA event from behind the scenes.
Alia and her father received VIP tickets for the tournament rounds and were able to join Lewis in the player dining area.
When asked for his take on attending the event, Marek Scota said, "It's hard to describe. It was so surreal. We arrived in Atlantic City on Tuesday and went straight to the course to catch Amelia teeing off on (the) No. 1 tee for her practice round. Alia was inside the ropes for (the) entire 18 holes to ask questions and was taking notes. After the round, we went with Amelia to one of her charity events, Field of Dreams for handicapped children. Wednesday, we followed Amelia during her pro-am round. Amelia took over Instagram for the LPGA. Alia and her were making live posts during her pro-am round."
The two met many LPGA players and staff, and an LPGA writer interviewed the Crestview teenager. "We watched two tournament rounds of great golf that's out there, as we followed Amelia along the way. It is a really great experience for Alia. This event was really awesome to be around," Marek Scota said.
Last December, Alia won the Amelia Lewis National Championship by shooting 74-74-148 at Championsgate in Orlando. She has since added two second-place finishes and another victory in April.