Bryson Nimmer, Anthony Quayle share first round Players Amateur lead
Bryson Nimmer <br>(ACC Photo)</br>
Bryson Nimmer
(ACC Photo)

BLUFFTON, SC (July 8, 2016) -- Sunny skies and hot temperatures prevailed throughout the first round of the 17th annual Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall Golf Club’s South Course as Clemson golfer and ACC Freshman of the Year, Bryson Nimmer shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead after the first round.

Berkeley Hall is the Bluffton native’s home course and he enjoyed having friends and family close by, “Obviously, there is a lot of expectation here. Just to be able to play well, no matter where you are, is always good. I just need to keep doing it this week and keep making some putts.” Playing close to home also has other advantages after the round, “I am going to lay by the pool, go swimming a little bit and take a break,” said Nimmer on his way to the practice range after his round.

Nimmer bogeyed just one hole during his opening round while rolling in six birdies. Over the course of his last eight holes, Nimmer caught fire birdieing four holes during the stretch to close out his round.

Australian Anthony Quayle also finished his round at 5-under to grab a share of the lead. The 21-year-old finished second at last week’s Dogwood Invitational and is hungry for a win during his eighth straight week of competition.

“I wanted to make sure I enjoyed myself and burnt up as little energy as I could and I think I did that to the best of my ability today.” Quayle went on to say the highlight of his round was his hole out for eagle on No. 9. “It sat on the lip there for a few seconds then dropped as I was walking up to it, so that was a nice little finish to the front nine.”

Throughout the remainder of his round the Australian birdied five holes and bogeyed two.

Australian Cameron John, University of Georgia incoming freshman Spencer Ralston and Alabama's Davis Riley finished the day tied for third place. The trio shot 4-under 68's and they are one shot off the pace.

USC commit Cheng Jin and Richmond's Matthew Lowe currently share sixth at 3-under. Eight players are one shot further back at 2-under.

Editors Note: Story courtesy Heritage Classic Foundation Marketing Director Angela McSwain

Results: Players Amateur
1ChinaCheng JinChina120069-67-69-70=275
T2AustraliaHarrison EndycottAustralia90072-68-71-66=277
T2ALPatrick MartinBirmingham, AL90071-68-70-68=277
T4AustraliaAnthony QuayleAustralia70067-71-74-67=279
T4AustraliaTravis SmythAustralia70070-72-68-69=279

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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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