It's no secret that the numbers have been dropping in the Regions Bank Amateur Series tournaments for the past few years. A good field now is 50 players where it use to be in the high 70s and low 80s. It makes you wonder how long some of these tournaments can last.
One problem is as regular division players (those under 50) have moved on to the senior division, there hasn't been enough new regular division players taking their place.
You'll never hear Andrew Spencer complain about how hot it is during a Regions Bank Amateur Series golf tournament.
In fact, he welcomes the blistering weather.
It might have worked to his advantage last week when he won the Goshen Golf Classic at Goshen Plantation Golf Club in the 96-degree South Augusta heat.
Because the 24-year-old owns a landscape and yard maintenance business, Spencer is accustomed to being in the heat. That's why he doesn't get fatigued on the back nine of rounds.
"That was a big advantage," Spencer said after the victory.
In professional golf, only five players (Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Tiger Woods) have completed the career Grand Slam, which means they have at least one victory in all four major championships (the Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship).
On the local Regions Bank Amateur Series, which started in 1988, a career slam might not ever happen. That's how difficult it is.