Dixie Amateur looking towards 'big year'
BY BILL VAN SMITH
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The Dixie Amateur is one of South Florida’s
oldest tournaments, going
into its 82nd year, and it will be run — and
aggressively run — by one of
South Florida’s youngest golf executives.
At age 24, Ben Derauf is unquestionably
and determined, and he
vows to upgrade the venerable event.
“This year is big for us,” Derauf said. “We
to get the Dixie Amateur
back up in the world class that it once
There will be some serious
recruiting of players for the tournament.
goal is to get some big
names back down here.
“We will absolutely move up in the
Last year, for the first time in memory, the
Dixie Amateur had some
competition as the inaugural South Beach
International Amateur was
held. The new South Beach tournament
huge inroads, receiving the
highest world ranking for any amateur
tournament in its first year and
also attracting U.S. Amateur champion
Kraft, who won the event.