Dixie Amateur looking towards 'big year'
Dixie Amateur<br>Tournament Director
Dixie Amateur
Tournament Director


The Dixie Amateur is one of South Florida’s oldest tournaments, going into its 82nd year, and it will be run — and aggressively run — by one of South Florida’s youngest golf executives.

At age 24, Ben Derauf is unquestionably young and determined, and he vows to upgrade the venerable event.

“This year is big for us,” Derauf said. “We want to get the Dixie Amateur back up in the world class that it once was. There will be some serious recruiting of players for the tournament. Our goal is to get some big names back down here.

“We will absolutely move up in the rankings.”

Last year, for the first time in memory, the Dixie Amateur had some competition as the inaugural South Beach International Amateur was held. The new South Beach tournament made huge inroads, receiving the highest world ranking for any amateur tournament in its first year and also attracting U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, who won the event.

ABOUT THE Dixie Amateur

Open to former Dixie Amateur champions, tournament committee invitees and qualifiers of major amateur championships. Traditionally strong field due to college break, the Dixie has a past- champions list that includes many PGA Tour players as well as top-ranked amateurs like Peter Uihlein (2010 champion).

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