Southern Amateur: Olsen hopes to defend against one of the game's top fields
Another 'Major of Amateur Golf' tees off soon as the Southern Amateur gets underway Wednesday from The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.
The historical championship boasts a terrific list of past champions and annually brings in one of the seasons most impressive fields won't disappoint in this, the 108th playing of the event.
Oklahoma State's Zachary Olsen returns to defend the title he won last year before embarking on his fast-rising collegiate career.
He'll surely be contending against a number of top-flight collegians, including Indiana's Will Seger, who recently contended at the North & South Amateur, Alabama's Tom Lovelady, who helped power the Tide to a second straight NCAA title, rising UNC star Bailey Patrick, South Carolina's Matt NeSmith and many more.
Among the most decorated amateurs in the field at the Southern, though, will undoubtedly be Georgia Tech star Ollie Schniederjans, who recently ascended to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and was among the nation's most dominant players this past collegiate season.
He'll be joined by No. 2-ranked player Robby Shelton from Alabama. Recent Northeast Amateur winner Stewart Jolly will be there, too.
Indeed, it's a who's who of the game's top rising golfers taking aim at the 108th Southern Amateur next week. But the mid-amateur contingency will also be well-represented.
U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Bill Williamson, Coleman Invitational champion Patrick Christovich and Concession Cup U.S. team member Paul Simson are a few players to keep an eye on.
The action begins Wednesday and AmateurGolf.com will have full coverage.
ABOUT THE Southern Amateur
The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is
one of two competitions held by the Southern Golf
Association. (The other is the Southern Junior.) Its
champions roster is like a who’s
of competitive golf. (And the same could be said of
the standing of its host clubs.) Leading this group is
Robert T. (Bobby) Jones, Jr., who was the Southern
Amateur Champion in 1917, 1920, and 1922. Others
who have won or finished in a challenging position
gone on to national and/or international prominence
include Tommy Barnes, Dale Morey, Don January,
Brewer, Doug Sanders, Billy Joe Patton, Lew Oehmig,
Hubert Green, Downing Gray, Marvin (Vinny) Giles,
Lanny Wadkins, Steve Melnyk, Tom Kite, John
Mahaffey, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Koch, Bill Rogers, Gil
Morgan, Danny Edwards, Andy Bean, Vance Haefner,
Jerry Pate, Chip Beck, David Edwards, Jay Sigel, Bob
Tway, Mark Brooks, Gene Sauers, Davis Love, Justin
Leonard and more recently PGA Tour standouts Webb
Simpson and Kyle Stanley, who won twice each
between 2005 and 2008 in alternate years.
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