Cheng Jin holds 54-hole lead at Players Amateur
Cheng Jin <br>(USC Athletics Photo)</br>
Cheng Jin
(USC Athletics Photo)

BLUFFTON, SC (July 10, 2016) -- Incoming University of Southern California freshman Cheng Jin has sole possession of the lead going into the final round of the 17th Annual Players Amateur at the Berkeley Hall Golf Club South Course in Bluffton, SC.

The Beijing native carded one bogey on the front nine before carding three birdies on the back to end up 3- under for the day and 11-under for the tournament. “I just try to play my game and stayed patient, I hit a lot of fairways today. That helped a lot,” said Jin after the round.

Jin goes into Monday’s final round three shots ahead of Davis Riley, who shot a bogey-free round and birdied three holes to end the day at 8-under. Riley is from Hattiesburg, MS and is on the University of Alabama golf team. The rising sophomore also said patience is important to his game, “I am not putting myself in tough positions. I am leaving myself reasonable birdie chances, I make a few here and there and keep a steady pace.”

Vanderbilt’s Patrick Martin is sitting in third place at 7-under for the tournament. Martin is coming off a strong second place finish at the Northeast Amateur

Local favorite and Clemson golfer Bryson Nimmer lost his second round lead after carding four bogeys on the back nine, knocking him to 6-under.

A cut was made after Sunday’s round to the low 30 and ties. Thirty-five contestants will be competing in the final round which begins at 7 a.m. The leaders tee off at 9:50 a.m.

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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