The Palmetto AmateurExpand/Minimize
Congratulations to Nicholas Reach, winner of the 2013 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.
It came down to a sudden death playoff between the last two second place finishers at the 2013 Palmetto Amateur. Nicholas Reach, 21, defeated Scott Strohmeyer with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Nicholas, who just completed his sophomore season at the University of Georgia, shot a final round 68 to tie Scott at the end of regulation at five under par. Scott, 23, just completed his senior year at the National Champion University of Alabama. Scott also finished second in the Palmetto Amateur in 2009 and 2012. Nicholas lost in a playoff in 2011. Both players bogeyed the first playoff hole, the sixteenth. Scott missed his birdie putt at seventeen, setting up the winning putt by Nicholas for birdie.
Ben Fogler, of Elgin, SC, finished third at four under par. Second round leader Sam Love shot a final round 72 to finish fourth at 3 over. The 2013 Palmetto Amateur was shortened to 54 holes due to heavy rains on Friday.
The Palmetto Amateur has been conducted 39 years. Registration for the 2014 Palmetto Amateur and the qualifier are now open.
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.