Augenstein holds on for Players Am win, RBC Heritage start
John Augenstein (Players Am photo)
John Augenstein (Players Am photo)

BLUFFTON, S.C. (July 15, 2018) – John Augenstein turned his 54-hole lead into a victory on Sunday at the Players Amateur. The rising Vanderbilt senior also earns an exemption into the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage as a result of winning the prestigious amateur event at Berkeley Hall Club.

Augenstein slowly climbed the leaderboard throughout the week until reaching the top spot after 54 holes. He put the finishing touches on a four-shot win with a final-round 67. He had three birdies in the first eight holes and made his only bogey on No. 9. By that point, he still had a two-shot lead on chaser Andy Zhang.

Augenstein played the back nine in 2 under as Zhang made two birdies and two bogeys for an even-par 35. Augenstein was in the 60s for all four rounds, and finished the week at 16 under.

Behind Zhang, the University of Florida’s leading scorer last season, Will Grimmer also put together four rounds in the 60s to finish third. He was five shots behind Augenstein. Grimmer, the Ohio State player, has already appeared in two U.S. Opens (2014, 2018).

Three collegiate players tied for third at 10 under, including Auburn’s Branden Mancheno, Georgia’s Spencer Ralston and Virginia’s Thomas Walsh. The round of the day – and the round of the tournament – belonged to Walsh, who had a bogey-free 62 that also included an eagle on the par-5 seventh.

Last year’s winner Philip Knowles finished with a share of ninth at 8 under.

Results: Players Amateur
1KYJohn AugensteinOwensboro, KY120066-67-68-67=268
2ChinaAndy ZhangChina90069-63-71-69=272
3OHWill GrimmerCincinnati, OH70069-67-68-69=273
T4FLBrandon ManchenoJacksonville, FL70069-66-70-69=274
T4GASpencer RalstonGainesville, GA70068-68-73-65=274

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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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