Players Amateur: Rank shoots course-record 62 to pull ahead
Garrett Rank
Garrett Rank

By Jack Persons, AmateurGolf.com

BLUFFTON, S.C. (July 11, 2014) --Shoot the course record during a tournament, and most times you’ll end up leading. Just ask Canada’s Garrett Rank.

Rank shot a new course record today at Berkeley Hall’s South Course, firing a 10-under 62, and has the lead halfway through the Players Amateur.

He bested the previous record, a 63, by a single stroke. His round consisted of 10 birdies and eight pars, a personal best for him according to his Twitter account.

As he explained, “Not bad for a Canadian!”

Rank, a mid-amateur and member of the Canadian National Team, has had a busy summer so far. Trips to the Monroe Invitational and Northeast Amateur included solid stretches of good play, but he has yet to win one of the majors.

The 62 puts him right on track to change that.

Matthew NeSmith of the University of South Carolina and defending champion Hunter Stewart of Vanderbilt are tied for second, five shots back of Rank.

NeSmith posted two-under 70 on Friday for a 138 total, while Stewart shot a second consecutive three-under 69.

Other notables include U.S. Open qualifier and Stanford rising sophomore Maverick McNealy, who sits in a tie for fifth at 140, and North & South Amateur champion Michael Cromie, who is tied for 16th at one-under 143.

The prestigious event was created by Duke Delcher and Tom McKnight and event spares no expense to attract a high quality field. The winner gets an exemption into the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic on Hilton Head, as well as the Master of the Amateurs tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

To check out scores from Friday’s second round, follow the link below.

Results: Players Amateur
1ZimbabweScott VincentZimbabwe100071-70-68-68=277
T2KYHunter StewartNicholasville, KY70069-69-71-69=278
T2CanadaGarrett RankCanada70071-62-70-75=278
4TNZachary OlsenCordova, TN50073-70-66-70=279
5FLJack MaguireSt. Petersburg, FL50074-71-64-71=280

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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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