Cheng Jin takes Second Round Players Amateur lead
Cheng Jin <br>(Golfweek Photo)</br>
Cheng Jin
(Golfweek Photo)

BLUFFTON, SC (July 9, 2016) -- Extreme heat turned into an extreme storm during the second round of the 17th annual Players Amateur held on Berkeley Hall Golf Club’s South Course.

Play was suspended for two and a half hours at approximately 3:00 pm on Saturday with six groups still on the course, including first round co-leader Bryson Nimmer. Nimmer finished his round at 7-under, putting him one behind Cheng Jin who finished before the weather delay. “The rain delay definitely took a little wind out the sails. It made the course a little wetter and the ball wasn’t rolling out as much coming in,” said the Bluffton native after he bogied the 18th hole to shoot a second round 70.

Jin moved into the first place spot with a two-day total of 8-under. The Beijing, China native carded 5 birdies to earn him one of Saturday’s best rounds. The incoming University of Southern California freshman began traveling to the southeast to compete in tournaments when he was 14, so the high temperatures did not affect his game, “I just try to drink a lot of water, stay hydrated and stay focused.”

Aussie Anthony Quayle continued to stay on the leaderboard but moved to third place with his two-day total of 6-under.

The best round of the day belonged to Taylor Funk who shot a 7-under par 65 to bring him to plus 2 for the two-day total. The University of Texas golfer made up for his first round 81 by carding birdies on the final three-holes.

The third round begins Sunday at 7:00 am. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.

Editors Note: Story courtesy Heritage Classic Foundation Marketing Director Angela McSwain

Results For The Players Amateur Golf Tournament
1ChinaCheng JinChina120069-67-69-70=275
T2AustraliaHarrison EndycottAustralia90072-68-71-66=277
T2ALPatrick MartinBirmingham, AL90071-68-70-68=277
T4AustraliaAnthony QuayleAustralia70067-71-74-67=279
T4AustraliaTravis SmythAustralia70070-72-68-69=279

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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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