2014 Southern Am Champ M.J. Maguire to compete in Arnold Palmer Invitational
ORLANDO, Fla. – Emerging collegiate star and 5- year AmateurGolf.com member M.J. Maguire, a senior at North Florida University, will compete against PGA Tour pros in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club, starting March 19, 2015. Maguire earned a spot in the field by winning last summer’s 108th Southern Amateur Championship on the Honors Course outside Chattanooga.

Maguire, from St. Petersburg, won the prestigious Southern Am against an international field containing many of the world’s top- ranked amateurs. Since 2004, the Bay Hill tournament has been supporting amateur golf by awarding the annual Southern Am champ a sponsor's exemption into the event the following spring.

Several past winners of the venerable Southern Am have made the cut when playing as an amateur on that Palmer exemption, including Webb Simpson and Kyle Stanley, who went on to win PGA Tour events after turning pro.

Maguire, an Atlantic Sun first team, all- conference selection, has helped raise North Florida’s golf team to a higher status in collegiate golf. In addition to his victory in the Southern Am, Maguire also won the Ka’anapali Collegiate Invitational last fall and placed second in the storied Azalea Invitational in Charleston, SC, earlier in the year.

He plans to defend his Southern Am title in July at Old Waverly Club in West Point, Miss.

Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
1FLTaylor FunkPonte Vedra, FL120070-65-69-69=273
T2FLTaylor HancockClearwater, FL90070-69-68-67=274
T2LABen SuarezSulphur, LA90071-66-68-69=274
T4SCMatt NeSmithNorth Augusta, SC70069-71-66-69=275
T4CABryson DeChambeauClovis, CA70072-68-67-68=275

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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). This is a 72-hole stroke play championship with a cut made after 36 holes. Entries are open to any male amateur golfer who has a current USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 under the USGA Handicap System. Non-exempt players must pre-qualify at one of the qualifying sites held across the southern U.S. in the two months leading up to the championship.

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