Taylor Funk returns to defend Southern Amateur title
14 Jul 2016
by Sam Dostaler of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Southern Amateur Championship, Olde Stone Golf Club

Taylor Funk (Golfweek photo)
Taylor Funk (Golfweek photo)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (July 12, 2016) -- The 110th edition of the Southern Amateur Championship is set to begin on Thursday at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club. Defending champion Taylor Funk will be back, as he headlines a deep and talented field.

Last year Funk, son of PGA Tour veteran Fred Funk, rallied on the homeward nine to capture the title by one shot and join a list of former Texas Longhorns to win the Southern Amateur. The list includes Ben Crenshaw (1973), Mark Brooks (1981) and Justin Leonard (1993).

After being played at the Old Waverly Golf Club in 2015, the 72-hole event moves to Myrtle Beach and The Dunes & Beach Club. The par-72 course is a Robert Trent Jones design, that when played from the tips can be stretched to 7,370 yards. Hole 13 is a 640 yard par- 5 and it is considered the hardest hole on the course.

The Dunes & Beach Club will also be hosting the 2017 USGA Women's Four-Ball.

This year's field once again includes many of the up and coming names in the game of golf, here is a look at some of the players to watch at the 2016 Southern Amateur.

Dawson Armstrong The Lipscomb University junior comes into the Southern Amateur with some momentum after finishing second at the Dogwood Invitational a couple of weeks ago. Armstrong was the defending champion at the event and also won the Western Amateur in 2015.
Philip Barbaree The 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur champion has already committed to LSU and in June he competed in his first PGA Tour event, the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Jared Bettcher Bettcher is heading into his senior season at Troy, where he is a two-time All-Sun Belt first teamer. The summer got off to a strong start for Bettcher, as he won June’s Southeastern Amateur.
Patrick Christovich The 15th ranked mid-amateur, Christovich has played well in ranking events this year, finishing in the top-10 four times. His best finish came at Lupton Invitational where he tied for fourth.
Sean Crocker The 4th ranked amateur in the world recently won the Monroe Invitational and finished second at the Northeast Amateur. Crocker will be entering his junior year at USC.
Cameron Davis From Australia, Davis has had a successful, yet frustrating start to his 2016 season. Ranked 24th in the world, Davis has twice finished runner-up this year at both the English Amateur and Avondale Amateur Medal. He also has a top-10 finish at the Riversdale Cup.
Harrison Endycott Another Australian and ranked 6th in the world rankings, Endycott has four ranking event wins this year. His victories have come at the South Australia Amateur Classic, Riversdale Cup, Lake Macquarie Amateur and Avondale Amateur Medal.
Sam Horsfield The Englishman and rising Florida sophomore is fresh off his second consecutive U.S. Open appearance. During his freshman year at Florida, Horsfield won twice and finished inside the top-5 eight times.
Cheng Jin Jin will tee it up in the Southern Amateur just days after winning the Players Amateur. Jin won the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship and played in this years Masters. In 2014 Jin became the youngest amateur to lead a PGA Tour China event.
Garrett Rank The 2nd ranked mid-amateur in the world finished in a second place tie at last weeks Sunnehanna Amateur. Rank won the 2015 Canadian Mid-Amateur.
Anthony Quayle Quayle was named the Queensland Male Golfer of the Year in 2015 after he won twice. So far in 2016, Quayle has finished inside the top-10 three times and he recently tied for second at the Dogwood Invitational

Results For Southern Amateur Championship
1FLJimmy StangerTampa, FL120072-68-70-66=276
2VAZach BauchouForest, VA90071-70-68-68=277
3PhilippinesLloyd Jefferson GoPhilippines70068-71-68-71=278
4FLTaylor FunkPonte Vedra, FL70067-69-74-69=279
T5NCAlex SmalleyWake Forest, NC70073-72-68-69=282

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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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