MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (June 20, 2013) -- After rain washed away the first round of action at the 2013 Rice Planters Amateur, the field got to work early Thursday morning at Snee Farm Country Club.
After one round of play, James Antcliff and Spencer Lawson, of Arizona State, sit atop the leaderboard. Both players went 34-34--68 on the 6,834-yard track.
The first round of the scheduled 72-hole event was wiped out from storms passing through the area. Tournament officials decided to begin play Friday and make it a 54-hole event.
Amanjyot Singh of Campbell University leads a group of nine players sitting just one shot back. Sing, Austin Parks, Bryce Chalkey, Carter Page, Chase Koepka, John Voestsch, Quinn Vilneff and Zachary Munroe are all tied for third place and well within striking distance.
All told, there are 22 players within three shots of the leaders and 31 players sitting less than five shots out of the lead. Among those sitting four back of the leaders after Round 1 is Thomas Bradshaw, the defending champion.
The Rice Planters Amateur Golf Tournament was the inspiration of amateur golfer Dick Horne. During his first Porter Cup at the Niagara Falls Country Club in 1973, Horne befriended cup chairman Dick Harvey. Harvey encouraged a receptive Horne to develop his own southern tournament and, consequently, along with other Porter Cup officials, shared enough useful information to get Horne started in the South. That same year Horne, Tournament Chairman Ernie Chandler and other supporters organized the first Rice Planters Invitational Golf Tournament at Snee Farm Country Club.
The annual event features some of the top up-and-coming players in collegiate golf.