Rice Planters: Rigel Fernandes takes early lead
MT. PLEASANT, South Carolina (June 18, 2014) -- University of South Florida golfer Rigel Fernandes fired a first round 65 at Snee Farm Country Club to take the early lead at the Rice Planters Amateur.

Fernandes is an IMG Academy graduate who attended since the sixth grade before moving on to his college career. In 2013 he won the Innisbrook Amateur and finished T12 against a solid field at the South Beach International.

Carter Page is a stroke back at 66. Stay tuned this week for more news from this historic golf tournament.

Results For Rice Planters Amateur Golf Championship
1IndiaRigel FernandesIndia70065-67-72-67=271
2SCAndrew NovakMount Pleasant, SC50071-69-71-67=278
T3NCDanny PizetoskiDavidson, NC40071-70-71-68-280
T3NCRhyne JonesBlowing Rock, NC40070-69-72-69=280
T5MTTom SwansonMissoula, MT40072-73-68-68=281

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ABOUT THE Rice Planters Amateur

The Rice Planters Amateur was the inspiration of amateur golfer, Dick Horne. During his first Porter Cup at the Niagara Falls Country Club in 1973, Horne befriended the tournament's 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. The Rice Planters quickly grew to become one of the top amateur events in the country.

Like the Porter Cup, the Rice Planters is played over 72 holes of stroke play. While entries are by invitation only, the tournament typically holds a 90-player qualifier for the final five spots in the field.

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