Augenstein holds on for Players Am win, RBC Heritage start
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.
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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