Rice Planter's: USF's Fernandes goes wire-to-wire
Rigel Fernandes
Rigel Fernandes

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (June 21, 2014) -- University of South Florida's Rigel Fernandes completed a masterful run at the 2014 Rice Planter's Amateur, firing a closing 5-under 67 to win by seven shots.

Fernandes led wire-to-wire and it was never really in doubt. He opened with a 7-under 65 at Snee Farm Country Club and turned in two other rounds in the 60s. His bookend 67s through the final three rounds helped him gain and then keep pace with Andrew Novak, who took second place.

Novak carded rounds of 71-69-71-67 to finish alone as the runner-up.

Daniel Pizetoski and Rhyne Jones were tied for third thanks to solid play in Saturday's finale. Pizetoski shot 68 while Jones fired a 69 to climb the leaderboard.

The trio of Tom Swanson, Jon Weiss and Travis Smyth tied for fifth, finishing 10 shots off the stellar pace set by Fernandes.

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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