Date: July 11, 2013
Author: Golf Australia

Big Aussie contingent set at US Players Amateur

Eleven Australian players are in South Carolina this week to compete in this year&aposs Players Amateur – a title won by Queensland&aposs Daniel Nisbet in 2012. Queenslanders Viraat Badhwar, James Gibellini, Aaron Wilkin, New South Welshmen Jordan Zunic, Callan O&aposReilly, Brett Drewitt, Victorians Lucas Herbert, Nathan Holman and Geoff Drakeford and Western Australians Brady Watt and Oliver Goss are among eighty-four young golfers at the Berkeley Hall Golf Club in Bluffton. They will all be competing for a chance to be named the 2013 Players Amateur Champion and earn an exemption into the 2014 RBC Heritage presented by Boeing on the PGA Tour. The Players Amateur is one of the most well respected tournaments in amateur golf. Many past participants have been successful at making the transition to the pro circuit. Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Bill Haas and Camilo Villegas are just a few that all are now well known on the PGA TOUR. Heading up the American charge is Bobby Wyatt, a 20-year-old from Mobile, Alabama. He became famous in the golfing word in 2010 when he shot a 57 at the Alabama Boys State Championship. He is a rising senior at the University of Alabama and helped them capture the National Championship. He is currently ranked #3 in the SPWAR (Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking) rankings and was runner-up in the 2012 Players Am. Wyatt was a member of the 2013 Palmer Cup team that beat Europe to regain the Cup.