Golf

Berkeley Hall getting ready to host its first Players Amateur

info@islandpacket.comJuly 8, 2012 

Bluffton's Berkeley Hall Golf Club will host 84 of the best amateur golfers from around the world this week as they tee it up for the 2012 Players Amateur Championship and an exemption into the 2013 RBC Heritage presented by Boeing.

Past participants have included Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas and Camilo Villegas.

Leading the stellar field is 19-year-old Bobby Wyatt of Mobile, Ala. Famous for shooting 57 at the 2010 Alabama Boys State Championship, the University of Alabama rising junior is ranked No. 3 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings and recently won the Sunnehanna Amateur.

His Crimson Tide teammate Cory Whitsett, 20, is also in the field and ranked No. 9.

South Carolina native Matthew NeSmith, the 2011 Junior Heritage Champion, is also in the field. The 18-year-old from North Augusta will play for South Carolina in the fall.

A pair of highly ranked Aussies are back in the field -- No. 29 Daniel Nesbit and No. 13 Matthew Stieger.

Clemson has a strong contingent in the field. Current Clemson golfers Crawford Reeves and Billy Kennerly are in the field, as is Cody Proveaux, the 2011 Rolex Junior Player of the Year who will be a freshman for the Tigers in the fall. Clemson's Corbin Mills won the tournament last season.

Several local golfers are in the field, as well. USC Beaufort student Luke McClellan qualified to play, as did Beaufort's Rob Simmons. Former Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy student and Bluffton resident Mike Balzer and current IJGA student Matt Cheng are in the field, too.

THE PLAYERS AMATEUR

Monday-Sunday

The South Course, Berkeley Hall Golf Club, Bluffton

Schedule

Monday -- Practice rounds

Tuesday -- Practice rounds

Wednesday -- Contestant-Amateur Tournament, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start

Thursday -- First round, tee times 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Friday -- Second round, tee times 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Saturday -- Third round, tee times 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Field cut to 48 and ties

Sunday -- Final round, tee times 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m.; Award presentation following play

Spectators: The tournament is open to the public and admission is free.

Details: www.playersam.com

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