Golf

Players Amateur first round today at Berkeley Hall

info@islandpacket.comJuly 12, 2012 

Eleven players, including Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, Bill Haas, Camilo Villegas and Beaufort's Mark Anderson, have taken home the Players Amateur championship.

The 12th will be among more than 80 of the best amateur golfers from around the world who tee it up today at Bluffton's Berkeley Hall Golf Club.

The winner will earn an exemption into the 2013 RBC Heritage presented by Boeing.

An area golfer will be among the first to tee it up. USC Beaufort student Luke McClellan's group will be the first ones off at No. 1 at 7:15 a.m. Former Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy student and Bluffton resident Mike Balzer goes off in the second group at 7:25 a.m.

University of Alabama junior Bobby Wyatt, who shot a 57 at the 2010 Alabama Boys State Championship and is ranked No. 3 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings, will tee off at 7:45 a.m.

Matthew NeSmith, the 2011 Junior Heritage champion who will play for South Carolina in the fall, tees off at 8:55 a.m.

Current Clemson golfers Crawford Reeves (8:45) and Billy Kennerly (11:05) are in the field, as is Cody Proveaux (8:25), the 2011 Rolex Junior Player of the Year who will be a freshman for the Tigers in the fall.

Beaufort's Rob Simmons will tee off at 9:35 a.m., while IJGA student Matt Cheng starts at 9:25 a.m.

THE PLAYERS AMATEUR

The South Course, Berkeley Hall Golf Club, Bluffton

Today -- 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

Previous Champions

2011: Corbin Mills

2010: Kevin Tway

2009: Bud Cauley

2008: Mark Anderson

2007: Rickie Fowler

2006: Jonathan Moore

2005: Brian Harmon

2004: Aron Price

2003: Camilo Villegas

2002: Bill Haas

2001: Michael Sims

2000: Ben Curtis

Today's tee times

7:15 a.m.: Luke McClellan, Michael Cromie, Ryan Heisey,

7:25 a.m.: Michael Balzer, Oliver Goss, Andrew Mason

7:35 a.m.: Conrad Ray, Max Homa, Rory Bourke

7:45 a.m.: Andrew Yun, Bobby Wyatt, Cameron Smith

7:55 a.m.: Carlton Forrester, Blayne Barber, Jake Higginbottom

8:05 a.m.: Ben Kohles, Ben Campbell, Zander Lombard

8:15 a.m.: Curtis Thompson, Daniel Berger, Matthew Stieger

8:25 a.m.: Cory Whitsett, Cody Proveaux, Mathew Perry

8:35 a.m.: Cody Martin, Daniel Nisbet, Minghao Wang

8:45 a.m.: Fraser Wilkin, Justin Shin, Crawford Reeves

8:55 a.m.: Oliver Schniederjans, Matthew NeSmith, Bobby Hudson

9:05 a.m.: Hunter Stewart, Ji Soo Park, Patrick Grimes

9:15 a.m.: Michael Hebert, Daniel Hendry, Mitch Gray

9:25 a.m.: Matt Cheng, T.J. Mitchell, Shane Lebow

9:35 a.m.: Rick LaRose, Rob Simmons

9:45 a.m.: Nick Gilliam, Zachary Herr, Tucker Wadkins

9:55 a.m.: John Voetsch, Peter Mathison, Zachary Olsen

10:05 a.m.: Jeffrey Kang, Tyler McCumber, Brett Drewitt

10:15 a.m.: Anders Albertson, Cameron Wilson, Todd Sinnott

10:25 a.m.: Ryan McCarthy, Dominic Bozzelli, Richy Werenski

10:35 a.m.: James White, Nathan Holman, Sean Dale

10:45 a.m.: Keith Mitchell, Bo Andrews, Anthony Murdaca

10:55 a.m.: Michael Weaver, Anthony Paolucci, Brinson Paolini

11:05 a.m.: Richard Lamb, Billy Kennerly, Geoffrey Drakeford

11:15 a.m.: Donald Constable, Michael Johnson, Nick Sherwood

11:25 a.m.: JD Tomlinson, Steven Kearney, Ben Fogler

11:35 a.m.: AJ Crouch, Austin Cody, Kramer Hickok

11:45 a.m.: Mills Rendell, Marcel Puyat, Chase Parker

Friday's tee times

7:15 a.m.: Rick LaRose, Rob Simmons

7:25 a.m.: Nick Gilliam, Zachary Herr, Tucker Wadkins

7:35 a.m.: John Voetsch, Peter Mathison, Zachary Olsen

7:45 a.m.: Jeffrey Kang, Tyler McCumber, Brett Drewitt

7:55 a.m.: Anders Albertson, Cameron Wilson, Todd Sinnott

8:05 a.m.: Ryan McCarthy, Dominic Bozzelli, Richy Werenski

8:15 a.m.: James White, Nathan Holman, Sean Dale

8:25 a.m.: Keith Mitchell, Bo Andrews, Anthony Murdaca

8:35 a.m.: Michael Weaver, Anthony Paolucci, Brinson Paolini

8:45 a.m.: Richard Lamb, Billy Kennerly, Geoffrey Drakeford

8:55 a.m.: Donald Constable, Michael Johnson, Nick Sherwood

9:05 a.m.: JD Tomlinson, Steven Kearney, Ben Fogler

9:15 a.m.: AJ Crouch, Austin Cody, Kramer Hickok

9:25 a.m.: Mills Rendell, Marcel Puyat, Chase Parker

9:35 a.m.: Luke McClellan, Michael Cromie, Ryan Heisey

9:45 a.m. Michael Balzer, Oliver Goss, Andrew Mason

9:55 a.m.: Conrad Ray, Max Homa, Rory Bourke

10:05 a.m.: Andrew Yun, Bobby Wyatt, Cameron Smith

10:15 a.m.: Carlton Forrester, Blayne Barber, Jake Higginbottom

10:25 a.m.: Ben Kohles, Ben Campbell, Zander Lombard

10:35 a.m.: Curtis Thompson, Daniel Berger, Matthew Stieger

10:45 a.m.: Cory Whitsett, Cody Proveaux, Mathew Perry

10:55 a.m.: Cody Martin, Daniel Nisbet, Minghao Wang

11:05 a.m.: Fraser Wilkin, Justin Shin, Crawford Reeves

11:15 a.m.: Oliver Schniederjans, Matthew NeSmith, Bobby Hudson

11:25 a.m.: Hunter Stewart, Ji Soo Park, Patrick Grimes

11:35 a.m.: Michael Hebert, Daniel Hendry, Mitch Gray

11:45 a.m.: Matt Cheng, T.J. Mitchell, Shane Lebow

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