Nick Gilliam was the first of the more than 80 golfers in the field to register on Monday for this week's Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton.
"Congrats Nick Gilliam @footjoyous He was the first to register at the #playersam. It's going to be a great golf week!" was posted by the Heritage Classic Foundation, the tournament's organizer, on its Twitter account Monday morning.
After another day of practice rounds on Tuesday and a Contestant-Amateur on Wednesday, tournament play begins Thursday.
The Players Amateur enters its 14th year as one of the most respected amateur golf tournaments. The winner will earn an exemption into the 2014 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing.
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Numerous Players Amateur alumni are playing on the PGA Tour, including Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Kyle Stanley, Camilo Villegas and Nick Watney.
Australian Daniel Nisbet won last year's rain-shortened event.
THE PLAYERS AMATEUR
Through Sunday, Berkeley Hall Club
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Tuesday -- Practice rounds
Wednesday -- Contestant-Amateur shotgun start, 8:30 a.m.
Thursday -- First round, tee times 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friday -- Second round, tee times 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday -- Third round, tee times 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; field is cut to top 48 golfers and ties
Sunday -- Final round, tee times 7 to 9:30 a.m.