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Players Amateur: 4 share lead atop busy leaderboard
10 Jul 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: Berkeley Hall Club, Matt NeSmith Rankings

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BLUFFTON, S.C. (July 10, 2014) -- Familiar names share the lead after Round 1 at the 2014 Players Amateur.

Among them -- four in total -- is local favorite and rising University of South Carolina golfer Matthew NeSmith, who joined Andrew Orischak, Tae Koh and Geoff Drakeford at the top of the leaderboard after the quartet shot 4-under 68s at Berkeley Hall Club.

The loaded leaderboard at the prestigious amateur event is jam-packed at the top with five players sitting one shot back and four more just two back.

All told, there are 16 players within three shots and 10 more just four shots back of the lead shared by four.

It all adds up to what's sure to be a wild 72 holes at the Players Amateur, which wraps up Sunday.

Tied for fifth place and just one shot back is an impressive list of contenders, including defending champion Hunter Stewart of Vanderbilt, rising Stanford star Maverick McNealy, Georgia's Nicholas Reach and 2013 Monroe Invitational champ Nick Palladino.

Past U.S. Open competitor and current Texas star Gavin Hall joins recent North & South Amateur champion Michael Cromie in the four-player tie for 10th -- just two shots back.

And just three back is a group that includes Canadian Garrett Rank, the runner up at the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

The prestigious event was created by Duke Delcher and Tom McKnight and event spares no expense to attract a high quality field. The winner gets an exemption into the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic on Hilton Head, as well as the Master of the Amateurs tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

For a full look at the Round 1 leaderboard, follow the link below.

ABOUT THE Players Amateur

While competing in the 1999 US Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach, former US Walker Cup Team members, Duke Delcher and Tom McKnight discussed the formation of a premier 72-hole stroke play amateur golf tournament. The inaugural Players Amateur was held the next summer. Former British Open Champion, Ben Curtis, was the winner of the 2000 event.  In 2004, the Heritage Classic Foundation began running the event. The Heritage Classic Foundation was formed in 1987 as a 501 (c) (3), not- for-profit organization, it serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic. The Foundation distributes all charitable funds generated from the tournaments to charity. The winner of The Players Amateur gets an exemption into the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic, as well as the Master of the Amateurs tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

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Results For The Players Amateur Golf Tournament
Place  PtsScores
1ZimbabweScott VincentZimbabwe100071-70-68-68=277
T2KYHunter StewartNicholasville, KY70069-69-71-69=278
T2CanadaGarrett RankCanada70071-62-70-75=278
4TNZachary OlsenCordova, TN50073-70-66-70=279
5FLJack MaguireSt. Petersburg, FL50074-71-64-71=280

View full results for The Players Amateur Golf Tournament

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