Seventy-eight players, including many of the nation’s top juniors and mid-amateurs, will play the Terra Cotta Invitational on April 5-7 at Naples (Fla.) National Golf Club.
Thirteen AJGA All-Americans, including five first-teamers, are in the field, led by top-ranked junior Jim Liu. The Stanford-bound New York native recently tied the Country Club of Charleston’s competitive course record with a 63 in the second round of the Azalea Invitational. He’ll be joined by No. 2 Robby Shelton, No. 4 Cameron Champ, No. 6 Brad Dalke, No. 7 Tae Wan Lee and No. 10 Jack Maguire.
Beau Hossler and Andy Zhang, who became household names to golf fans at last year’s U.S. Open, and U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up Garrett Rank of Canada are also among the contestants.
Other top players include England’s Nathan Kimsey, who’s No. 19 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Player Rankings; mid-am Bobby Leopold, who made the Round of 16 at the past two U.S. Amateurs; 2005 U.S. Mid-Am winner Kevin Marsh and Porter Cup winner Richy Werenski of Georgia Tech.
Matt Kuchar, Casey Wittenberg, Peter Uihlein, Bud Cauley, Justin Thomas and Emiliano Grillo are notable past champions of this event. Last year’s winner, Donald Constable, earned his PGA Tour card later in the year at Q-School.