Southern Amateur: live scoring, players to watch
Maridoe Golf Club No. 5
Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas has served as a bright beacon for many in the golf industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Back in April, the club rolled out the Maridoe Samaritan Fund Invitational
to not only help out local caddies but to give an opportunity for some of the world's best amateurs and even some pros a chance to compete. After the MSFI 2.0
and a highly touted junior event
, Maridoe is once again at the forefront of amateur golf.
Not only is the major event being held on its original dates, but the winner as well as the runner(s) up will be awarded exemptions into the U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes in August.
Related: USGA to exempt winners, runners-up of 4 AM majors into the US AM
The 156 man field presents some of the biggest names at the collegiate/amateur levels. Here is who to keep tabs on over the course of the week:
Quade Cummins (Oklahoma)
One of the original "Burly Boys" is back at it this week in DFW. Ranked No. 5 in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com World Amateur Ranking, Cummins is playing close to home. The Weatherford, Oklahoma native and 2019 Pacific Amateur champion took the two and a half-hour drive to Carrollton as he ramps up his summer schedule.
Austin Eckroat (Oklahoma State)
This Cowboy definitely knows his way around Maridoe. Eckroat competed in the original MSFI and finished tied for 4th. The Edmond North High School (Oklahoma) product tees it up with Cummins at 12:50 pm CT on No. 1.
Will Holcomb (Sam Houston State)
Finishing runner up at the North & South Amateur to Tyler Starfaci, Holcomb is playing some of his best golf right now. The Crockett, Texas native looks to pick up where he left off at Pinehurst. He tees off at 12:40 on No. 10.
Pierceson Coody (Texas)
Setting the then-competitive scoring record at Maridoe last July with a 6-under 66 en route to a win at the Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Coody has a game that fits the course, and an eye perfectly suited for Maridoe's layout. Teeing off at 1:20 pm CT on No. 1, look for he and his brother Parker to be in the mix all week.
Philip Barbaree (LSU)
Coming off a solid performance at the North & South (Round of 32), Barbaree has been gaining momentum as his busy summer schedule wears on. Pairing the North & South finish with a T-7 at the Rice Planters, Barbaree is an interesting name to watch as the day progresses. He tees off at 12:50 pm CT on No. 10.
The stacked field also includes John Pak, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3; John Augenstein, last year's U.S. Amateur runner-up; and Michael Brennan, who won the Maridoe Junior earlier this summer.
Live scoring can be found here.
ABOUT THE Southern Amateur
The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is
one of two competitions held by the Southern Golf
Association (the other is the Southern Junior). This
is a 72-hole stroke play championship with a cut
made after 36 holes. Entries are open to any male
amateur golfer who has a current USGA Handicap
Index® not exceeding 3.4 under the USGA Handicap
System. Non-exempt players must pre-qualify at
one of the qualifying sites held across the southern
U.S. in the two months leading up to the
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