NAPLES, Fla. (March 28, 2013) -- The first
major of the PGA Tour season is still two
weeks away but the amateur golf major
schedule rolls on April 5-7 at the 2013 Terra
Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club.
A field of 78, consisting of many of the
top junior and NCAA players, takes aim at
the 6,948-yard, par-72 track in the 18th
edition of the event.
“The course is great,” said tournament
Denny Glass, who also oversees the
annual Northeast Amateur. “It’s in better
condition than we’ve ever had before. It’s a
non-typical Florida golf course. At 7,000
it’s a good challenge.”
And the field, as it stands, will be more than
ready for that challenge.
This year’s group includes 13 AJGA All-
Americans, including five first-teamers and
more players ranked among the Top 100 in
Jim Liu, Golfweek’s top-ranked junior player
leads the talented group of juniors. The
Stanford-bound New York native most recently
tied the competitive course
with an 8-under 63
at The Country Club
of Charleston in the second round of the
He’ll be joined by No. 2 Robbie Shelton, No. 4
Cameron Champ, No. 6 Brad Dalke, No. 7
Tae Wan Lee, No. 10 Jack Maguire and...well,
you get the picture.
The field chasing the title won by Matt Kuchar,
Casey Wittenburg, Peter Uihlein, Bud
Cauley, Justin Thomas and Emiliano Grillo will
also have three of the nation’s most talked
about amateurs from last year. Beau Hossler
and Andy Zhang, who became household
names to golf fans at last year’s U.S. Open,
and U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Garrett Rank
of Canada are also among the contestants.
Other top players include Nathan Kimsey,
ranked No. 19 in the
World Player Rankings, Bobby Leopold, who
made waves at the 2011 U.S. Amateur, 2005
U.S. Mid-Am winner Kevin Marsh and Porter
Cup winner Richy Werenski of Georgia Tech.
Play begins Friday and runs through the
weekend with the final round taking place on
Sunday. Amateurgolf.com will have coverage
throughout the weekend.
ABOUT THE Terra Cotta Invitational
Former match play event was changed in
2006 to a 54-hole stroke play event. A national-
level invitational with a Local Qualifier also
held before the event. Interested players can
submit a request for invitation via the website.
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