Ogletree, Rainey Share Lead at Players Amateur
Andy Ogletree shares the first-round lead after a 4-under 67
BLUFFTON, South Carolina (July 13, 2017) Andy Ogletree and William Rainey are the round one leaders at the Players Amateur, at Berkeley Hall Golf Club.
Ogletree, a Georgia Tech sophomore, went out in style -- he started his round with three consecutive birdies on his first time playing Berkeley Hall G.C. “The greens are pretty fast and there are some tough pin locations out there so putting is a big deal today,” said Ogletree.
William Rainey of Charlotte also started his day with three-straight birdies. Rainey, a graduate of the College of Charleston, was on the back nine when play was stopped, but was able to finish a round of 4-under 67.
Three players--Cooper Musselman, Shae Wools-Cobb and Gordon Neale--are tied for third just one shot behind the co-leaders.
Six additional players are another shot back at 2-under, including Bluffton’s Bryson Nimmer, who plays for Clemson.
The defending champion Cheng Jin shot an even-par 71 and is tied for 17th place.
Weather Delay: Threatening storms stopped play during the first round of the 18th annual Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall Golf Club’s North Course in Bluffton, South Carolina. Contestants were taken off the course at 1:50 pm due to lightning in the area and resumed play at 2:55 pm.
A familiar face: William Rainey's caddy, Mary Chandler Bryan is a familiar face to Heritage Classic Foundation staff. She is 2017 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing (the PGA Tour event run by the foundation) champion Wesley Bryan’s sister.
ABOUT THE Players Amateur
While competing in the 1999 US Amateur
Championship at Pebble Beach, former US
Team members, Duke Delcher and Tom
discussed the formation of a premier 72-hole
play amateur golf tournament. The inaugural
Amateur was held the next summer. Former
Open Champion, Ben Curtis, was the winner of
2000 event. In 2004, the Heritage Classic
began running the event. The Heritage Classic
Foundation was formed in 1987 as a 501 (c) (3),
for-profit organization, it serves as the
and financial oversight group for the PGA Tour
Heritage Classic. The Foundation distributes all
charitable funds generated from the tournaments
charity. The winner of The Players Amateur gets
exemption into the PGA Tour RBC Heritage
well as the Master of the Amateurs tournament
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