The Palmetto AmateurExpand/Minimize
Congratulations to Emmanuel Kountakis, winner of the 2014 Palmetto Amateur
The Palmetto Amateur has been contested since 1976, first as the Aiken Golf Classic and then, beginning in 1998, as the Palmetto Amateur. The tournament is held at the historic Palmetto Golf Club, where golf was first played in Aiken, SC, in 1892.
Emmanuel Kountakis of Augusta, Georgia strung together four outstanding rounds to win the 2014 Palmetto Amateur by four strokes. Emmanuel carded the lowest round of the day, a 67, to add to his third round lead. He finished at nine under par. Emmanuel just completed his freshman year at Mercer University, and is a graduate of Lakeside High School in Augusta. Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, Georgia finished second at five under. Matt NeSmith of North Augusta, South Carolina and Will Long of Gastonia, North Carolina finished tied for third at two under. Blaine Woodruff of Acworth, Georgia scored a double eagle at the Par 5 14th hole during the final round.
The Palmetto Amateur has been conducted 39 years. Registration for the 2015 Palmetto Amateur is expected to open in February 2015.
Palmetto Golf Club, while not overly long, is still quite challenging. The greens are small and the greens complexes are difficult, requiring accurate placement of approach shots. Putting is also a premium and the subtle MacKenzie contours are difficult to negotiate.
We again expect to receive more applications than can be accommodated and, because of that, the field will be selected based on world amateur rankings and performance in high level amateur tournaments, including USGA Open and Amateur events and previous Palmetto Amateurs. Invitations will be extended to players ranked in the Top 200 on selected lists, as well as former champions and club tournament champions.