Fifteen area golfers, including top juniors Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island and Josh Fickes of Beaufort, will tee off Thursday in the S.C. Golf Association's 83rd South Carolina Amateur Championship, being held at The Reserve Golf Club in Pawley's Island.
Other prominent area golfers taking part include former Hilton Head Christian golfer J.D. Lehman, now at Louisville, two-time Hilton Head Amateur champion J.D. Hoft of Bluffton, two-time HHIAGA Better Ball champion and 2011 Match Play champion Jeff Wong of Bluffton and 2001 Hilton Head Amateur champion and father of Bryson Nimmer, Tony Nimmer.
Defending champion Carson Young of Pendleton, a rising sophomore at Clemson, will tee it up, as will 2012 champion Cody Proveaux (Lexington/Clemson) and Greenville's Keenan Huskey, the state's top-ranked junior.
Past champions of the event include 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, a three-time champion, two-time winner and former Hilton Head Island High golfer D.J. Trahan, Fed Ex Cup champ Bill Haas and Beaufort's Mark Anderson, now on the PGA Tour.
The 72-hole event, played on the Reserve Golf Club's 7,151-yard, par-72 layout, will be cut to the low 70 golfers and ties after Friday's second round.
83rd SCGA Amateur Championship
The Reserve Golf Club, Pawley's Island
7,151 yards, par 72
Tee times: http://goo.gl/VlJmhT
Live scoring: http://goo.gl/zzPcLO
AREA GOLFERS/TEE TIMES
Charlie Hall, Hilton Head Island 9 a.m.
Will Miles, Hilton Head Island 9:10 a.m.
Josh Fickes, Beaufort 1:10 p.m
Jeff Wong, Bluffton 1:30 p.m.
J.D. Hoft, Bluffton 1:40 p.m.
Kevin Wargo, Hilton Head Island 2 p.m.
Wesley Long, Bluffton 8 a.m.
Tate Hoisington, Hilton Head Island 8:50 p.m.
Tyler Williams, Hilton Head Island 12:30 p.m.
J.D. Lehman, Bluffton 12:40 p.m.
Charles Maccallum, Bluffton 12:40 p.m.
Chandler Vilcheck, Bluffton 12:50 p.m.
Cameron Mackay, Bluffton 1:20 p.m.
Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton 1:40 p.m.
Tony Nimmer, Bluffton 1:50 p.m.