Juniors, Mid-Ams key Terra Cotta field
03 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: Terra Cotta Invitational Golf Tournament, Naples National Golf Club

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 nation’s 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 director 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 yards, 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 many more players ranked among the Top 100 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings.

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 record with an 8-under 63 at The Country Club of Charleston in the second round of the Azalea Invitational.

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 Golfweek/amateurgolf.com 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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