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Drew Hackett wins 49th Annual Rice Planters Amateur
26 Jun 2021
by Andrew Stilwell of AmateurGolf.com

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The threat of inclement weather couldn’t stop UNC-Wilmington’s Drew Hackett (Charlotte, N.C.) from holding off the rest of the field at the 49th annual Rice Planters Amateur Championship, held this week at Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Hackett, who earned second-team All-CAA honors during his sophomore season, finished the 54-hole event with rounds of 71-67-66—204 (-12), three strokes clear of his UNCW teammate, Landson Robbins (Davidson, N.C.) and Furman Paladin Mac Scott (Mountain Brook, Ala.), who tied for second place at 9-under-par.

He joins past winners of the Rice Planters Amateur including Hal Sutton, Tom Lehman, Stewart Cink and Brooks Koepka.

Finishing the his first round with a 1-under 71, the Seahawk junior utilized a 5-under-par round of 67 during day two to vault from four strokes down at the start of the day to grab a share of the lead at 6-under-par entering the third round with Duke junior Quinn Riley (Raleigh, N.C.), the tournament’s leader following the first round.

In a final round that necessitated a double tee start due to the potential inclement weather, Hackett, Scott and Riley were all in the final group, and teed off on the first hole at 9:50am. It didn’t take long for Hackett to heat up, as he birdied the second and third holes, quickly gaining a one stroke lead over Riley. Hackett again birdied back-to-back holes on six and seven, on his way to a 4-under 32 on the front side.

Scott, who began the day one stroke behind the co-leaders at 5-under, and Riley faced five and four stroke deficits respectively with nine holes to play. While Riley played the inward nine holes in even par to finish tied for seventh at 6-under par, Scott birdied three off his first four holes on the back side to put the pressure on Hackett.

Hackett was able to hold off his competition with birdies on the par-5 13th and par-4 15th to seal the three-stroke victory. His final round scorecard featured six birdies and twelve pars – no blemishes to be found. Over the 54 holes, Hackett finished with 14 birdies, which were tied for second most in the field, and just two bogeys – the fewest in the 75-golfer field.

“All week I hit a lot of fairways,” Hackett told Golfweek/USA Today. “I was hitting the tee ball great and I’ll give a lot of credit to my driver. I was hitting it great, wasn’t really in trouble and that set me up to hit approach shots which definitely got better as the week went on. The week went on and today, I missed two greens. From tee to green, I couldn’t have played much better.”

Robbins, who put together rounds of 68-72-67, tied with Scott for second place.

The top five was rounded out by 2019 Rice Planters Champion, Mississippi State’s Austin Fulton (Villa Rica, Ga.), who carded a tournament low round of 65 (-7) during Friday’s third round, catapulting the senior into solo fourth place, and Northwestern’s Eric McIntosh (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Scott’s Furman teammate Jack Crosby (Memphis, Tenn.) who finished in a tie for fifth place with matching 209s (-7).

Results: Rice Planters Amateur
1NCDrew HackettCharlotte, NC50071-67-66=204
T2ALMac ScottMountain Brook, AL40071-68-68=207
T2NCLansdon RobbinsDavidson, NC40068-72-67=207
4GAAustin FultonVilla Rica, GA30072-71-65=208
T5ScotlandEric McIntoshScotland30069-72-68=209

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ABOUT THE Rice Planters Amateur

The Rice Planters Amateur was the inspiration of amateur golfer, Dick Horne. During his first Porter Cup at the Niagara Falls Country Club in 1973, Horne befriended the tournament's chairman Dick Harvey. Harvey encouraged a receptive Horne to develop his own southern tournament and, consequently, along with other Porter Cup officials, shared enough useful information to get Horne started in the South. The Rice Planters quickly grew to become one of the top amateur events in the country.

FORMAT AND ENTRY INFORMATION
The Rice Planters is played over 54 holes of stroke play. While entries are by invitation only, the tournament typically holds a 90-player qualifier for the final five spots in the field.

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