Six amateurs ranging from 14-year-old Asian Amateur champion Tianlang Guan to 34-year-old U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith, are teeing it up at Augusta this week. Five of the six – Guan, Alan Dunbar (British Amateur champion), Steven Fox (U.S. Amateur champion), T.J. Vogel (U.S. Amateur Public Links champion) and Michael Weaver (U.S. Amateur runner-up) – will be playing for the first time at Augusta National.
On Monday, PGA Tour players Matt Every and Charlie Beljan took to Twitter to express their position on whether amateurs should get to play in the Masters.
“Masters should have one amateur spot for the U.S. Am champ,” Every said. “Give the rest of am spots to more deserving players who actually have a chance.”
Beljan then responded with, “@matteverygolf can’t even get in with a pgatour win. But 14 year olds are welcome.”
Fellow Tour player Brian Harman re-tweeted both remarks.
Every is ranked No. 137 in the Official World Golf Rankings. The Florida resident has played in 12 events in 2013 and has made six cuts. In 2012, he made 15 cuts in 25 tournaments, which includes two runner-up finishes at the Valero Texas Open and at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
Beljan is No. 69 in the OWGR. In 2013, he made five cuts in 11 events. Other than a solo second at Northern Trust Open, his best finish was T-23 at Hyundai Tournament of Champions. He won the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic during the 2012 Fall Series.
Moral of the story . . . play better.