A field of 81 of the world’s top amateur golfers will tee it up at Berkeley Hall Club this week for the 20th annual Players Amateur, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
One of the premiere events on the amateur golf circuit, the Players Amateur boasts another impressive field for its 20th anniversary, including Vanderbilt star John Augenstein, who will try to become the event’s first repeat champion. Augenstein, a rising senior at Vanderbilt, is ranked 12th in the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.
Among those vying to unseat Augenstein as champion are three players ranked inside the top 10 in the SPWAR — top-ranked Chun An Yu of Arizona State, sixth-ranked Alex Smalley of Duke, and ninth-ranked John Pak of Florida State. The field once again features an international flair, with players representing Australia, Canada, South Africa, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan all among the field competing for an exemption into the 2020 RBC Heritage.
A number of players with local ties also dot the field, including Hilton Head Island natives Andrew Orischak (Virginia), Jonathan Griz (Carolinas Junior Boys Player of the Year), and Daniel Azallion (2018 SCGA Junior champion), and Bluffton native Drew Weary (High Point).
The outstanding field of golfers will try to add their names to the prestigious list of champions that includes PGA Tour stars such as Ben Curtis, Bill Haas, Camilo Villegas, Brian Harman, and Rickie Fowler. Other Players Am alumni include household names such as Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Lucas Glover, Justin Thomas, and past RBC Heritage champions Matt Kuchar, Wesley Bryan, and C.T. Pan.
The field will be cut to the low 40 and ties following Saturday’s third round.
The event is open to the public and admission is free.