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Area players in Players Amateur

Hilton Head Island High School's Andrew Orischak finished sixth in the Class 3-A state tournament last season. He returns to the Seahawks this season as an eighth-grader.
Hilton Head Island High School's Andrew Orischak finished sixth in the Class 3-A state tournament last season. He returns to the Seahawks this season as an eighth-grader. Jay Karr -- Staff photo

A look at the area players in the 2014 Players Amateur field:

  • Michael Balzer
  • Age: 22

    Town: Bluffton

    School (graduation year): USC Beaufort (2015, not on golf team)

    Credentials: Former IUPUI player, former IJGA student

  • Ben Dietrich
  • Age: 19

    Town: Bluffton

    School: South Carolina (2017)

    Credentials: Two top-10 finishes as freshman at South Carolina, 2012 AJGA Junior at Savannah Quarters champion

  • Josh Fickes
  • Age: 18

    Town: Beaufort

    School: Clemson (2018)

    Credentials: 2013 S.C. Golf Association Junior champion

  • J.D. Hoft
  • Age: 33

    Town: Bluffton

    School: Campbell University (2004)

    Credentials: Hilton Head Amateur, Beaufort City champion

  • Andrew Orischak
  • Age: 15

    Town: Hilton Head

    School: Hilton Head Island High School

    Credentials: 2013 AJGA Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open champion

  • John Patterson
  • Age: 43

    Town: Bluffton

    School: Ferris State (1993)

    Credentials: 2013 S.C. Open champion

  • Todd White
  • Age: 46

    Town: Bluffton

    School: Furman (1990)

    Credentials: 2013 Walker Cup member

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