Men’s Amateur Golf

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Curtis Thompson (left) and Shannon Aubert won their respective Dixie Amateur titles.
Curtis Thompson (left) and Shannon Aubert won their respective Dixie Amateur titles.

Curtis Thompson birdied the second hole of a sudden-death playoff on Sunday to win the Dixie Amateur at Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla. -- becoming the seventh player to win the title twice in his amateur career.

The LSU star -- and brother to the LPGA's Lexi Thompson and PGA Tour's Nick Thompson -- outlasted Florida State's Jack Maguire after each fired a 7-under 65 to force the playoff. They were never separated by more than a shot all day.

“I really didn’t know what I shot,” Thompson told DixieAmateur.com. “I thought I had 66 ...

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Brentley Romine
Justin Timberlake during a scramble event prior to the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Justin Timberlake during a scramble event prior to the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.

There's no secret that Justin Timberlake likes to tee it up when he's not in the studio, on tour or guest-starring on Saturday Night Live, which he's set to appear in this Saturday.

Timberlake hosted his own PGA Tour event, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, from 2008 to 2012. He also purchased a golf course in his hometown of Millington, Tenn., back in 2007, and he's played in a number of pro-am events, including the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

On Wednesday, the day before his concert in Orlando, Fla., the former ...

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Jordan Niebrugge after helping the U.S. win the 2013 Walker Cup.
Jordan Niebrugge after helping the U.S. win the 2013 Walker Cup.

It's time to look back at the 2013 amateur-golf season. Our experts, Ron Balicki (@WrongRon), Julie Williams (@GolfweekJules) and Cassie Stein (@GolfweekCassie), tackle five questions, including who was the amateur player of the year, which player had the most surprising year and more.

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Who would you name as your amateur player of the year (male and female)?

Ron: There were some very good performances throughout the year, but as far as my male amateur player of the year goes, I have to go with Jordan Niebrugge. He dominated both on the national level as well as in his home ...

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Cassie Stein
The Concession Club's par-4 18th with the clubhouse in the background.
The Concession Club's par-4 18th with the clubhouse in the background.

The Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., will host a new match-play style amateur tournament called the Concession Cup in 2014.

The event is scheduled to take place May 1-3, featuring teams from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. Eighteen-player teams will be made up of eight mid-amateurs (25 and older), eight senior-amateurs (up to 65-years-old) and two super-senior amateurs (65 and older).

“The Concession Golf Club is proud to assist in the development of the Concession Cup and to act as host to the inaugural competition," said Bruce Cassidy Jr., general manager of The Concession Golf Club, in ...

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After his U.S. Junior Amateur victory and making it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur, was Scottie Scheffler overlooked for the U.S. Walker Cup team at National Golf Links of America?
After his U.S. Junior Amateur victory and making it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur, was Scottie Scheffler overlooked for the U.S. Walker Cup team at National Golf Links of America?

After a year full of junior events, it's time to look back at some highlights from 2013. In this roundtable discussion, our Julie Williams (@golfweekjules), Brentley Romine (@golfweekbromine) and Cassie Stein (@golfweekcassie) tackle five questions involving some of junior golf's top names and tournaments.

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Even after winning the U.S. Junior Amateur and advancing to the quarterfinals at the U.S. Amateur, Scottie Scheffler didn’t earn a Walker Cup spot. Was he overlooked?

  • Julie: Scheffler did put together a stellar 2013 – enough to earn AJGA Rolex Player of the Year honors – but at the same time, it ...

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2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel is among those set to compete in the senior portion of the Dixie Amateur.
2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion Doug Hanzel is among those set to compete in the senior portion of the Dixie Amateur.

South Florida is home to one of the oldest and largest amateur tournaments in the nation, the Dixie Amateur. The Dixie, as it’s often called, was first contested in 1924, and boasts a list of winners that reads like a who’s-who of professional golf.

“This year we’ll have about 220 players in the men’s division, another 110 women and 90 seniors,” said tournament director Ben Derauf.

“It’s a very solid international field with more than 10 countries being represented this year.”

The 83rd Dixie Amateur will begin Dec. 13-15 with the senior portion at Heron ...

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November 21, 2013 | 12:06 p.m.

Western Amateur raised $150,000 in 2013

Golfweek Staff

The 2013 Western Amateur raised $150,000 for the Evans Scholars Foundation, it was announced Wednesday.

“When first approached about hosting the Western Amateur, I knew it was important for the tournament to be a first class experience as well as financially beneficial for the Western Golf Association,” said Warren Stephens, founder of The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark., which hosted the event. “This donation is a direct result of the incredible support from the patrons, the sponsors, and the volunteers.”

Established by Charles Evans, the Evans Scholars Foundation grants full academic and housing scholarships to caddies of modest means ...

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Cassie Stein
Sam Horsfield during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Sam Horsfield during the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur.

Sam Horsfield, a 16-year-old from Davenport, Fla., shot a 10-under 60 in the first round of the Orlando City Amateur on Nov. 15 at Dubsdread Golf Course.

Horsfield leads by seven shots in the 54-hole tournament.

Horsfield has had quite a year. In June, he won the Florida State Amateur by 11 shots. In July, he made it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur. He also finished second at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley in April.

Earlier this year, Horsfield shot a 10-under 61 in an U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier at Fox Hollow Golf ...

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Julie Williams
Interest in club golf is growing thanks to the NCCGA.
Interest in club golf is growing thanks to the NCCGA.

For Jim Silva, college golf means tossing a duffel and a golf bag in the back of a big van with seven of his friends and driving to the nearest golf tournament. It’s something of a grassroots approach to the game, and a far cry from the traditional life of a collegiate golfer.

Silva, president of Northeastern University’s club golf team, is among a growing contingent of young players unable to find a place on a varsity college roster but unwilling to give up the game through their undergraduate years. Silva does everything from organizing team try-outs to ...

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November 14, 2013 | 11:02 p.m.

Nebraska father and son earn top golf honors

Andy and John Sajevic
Andy and John Sajevic

The Nebraska Golf Association has announced the father and son duo of John and Andy Sajevic as its Senior Golfer of the Year and Andy Golfer of the Year, respectively.

Andy won the award for the second time (he also won in 2010 and ’13), matching his father’s accomplishments as a two-time winner (1989 and ’96). They became the first father-son duo to receive the state’s top golfer award and now own two such awards each.

Andy, a senior on the University of North Carolina golf team, won the Nebraska Match Play Championship and the Nebraska Amateur Championship ...

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Categories: Men
November 11, 2013 | 10:44 a.m.

Seminole GC to host 2021 Walker Cup

Cassie Stein
Team USA has a little fun with the trophy after defeating GB&I 17-9 at the 2013 Walker Cup in Southampton, N.Y.
Team USA has a little fun with the trophy after defeating GB&I 17-9 at the 2013 Walker Cup in Southampton, N.Y.

Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla., will set host to the 2021 Walker Cup, according to a report on the Golf Digest website. The golf club will host its first competition open to the public since its inception in 1929.

This Donald Ross designed course plays 6,836 yards from the tips and is located next to the Atlantic Ocean.

Also in the report, it says Seminole has contracted Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore as its design consultants.

The 2015 Walker Cup will be held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in Lancashire, England. The 2017 Match will ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Top Stories
Golfweek Staff
Scott Scheffler
Scott Scheffler

The U.S. managed to hold off France and win the Spirit International team competition on Sunday as Scott Scheffler made six birdies over the final nine holes. It’s the third consecutive gold medal for the U.S. in the overall team division and the fourth since The Spirit’s inception in 2001.

The U.S. team finished the weather-shortened event at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, with a 33-under 399 for 54 holes. Aside from Scheffler, U.S. team members included Jordan Niebrugge, an Oklahoma State junior; Ally McDonald, a Mississippi State junior and Ashlan Ramsey ...

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Golfweek Staff

After more than six inches of rain soaked into Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, on Wednesday, tournament organizers at the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship have announced they will shorten the event from 72 holes to 54 holes.

Director of Agronomy Michael Dieckhoff and his staff of 43 maintenance workers addressed standing water on several holes at Whispering Pines Thursday morning. The first round was suspended at about 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, but will resume Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Tournament Director Eric Fredricksen said the goal is to have 36 holes completed by Friday ...

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Cassie Stein
Jordan Niebrugge during his win in the 2013 Western Amateur.
Jordan Niebrugge during his win in the 2013 Western Amateur.

The winner of the men’s individual competition at the Spirit International Amateur Golf Championship will receive a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

“We want to support amateur golf,” said Bobby Patton, tournament chairman for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. “Amateur golfers grow up to be professional golfers, and that’s our business. It’s the right thing to do to get involved early.”

The men’s individual champion is determined by low 72-hole individual score during the Spirit, a Four Ball competition that begins Oct. 30 at Whispering Pines Golf ...

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Golfweek Staff
Chang-woo Lee won the Asia-Pacific Amateur.
Chang-woo Lee won the Asia-Pacific Amateur.

Final scores

Chang-woo Lee of Korea earned an invitation to the 2014 Masters Tournament courtesy of his victory Oct. 27 at the Asia-Pacific Amateur. Lee took a one-shot lead in the third round and extended it to a three-shot victory over the final 18 holes.

Lee, 19, shot a final-round 1-under 70 at Nanshan International Golf Club in Lonkou City, China to pull away from chaser Zecheng Dou of China. Dou trailed Lee by one shot after 54 holes, but a final-round 75 moved him down the leaderboard to a tie for fourth.

“Playing in the Masters has been my ...

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Categories: Men, Top Stories

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