Roy, the event co-chairman, said tournament officials have received 270 applicants for the Palmetto Amateur, which will be held June 5-8 at Palmetto Golf Club.
“Suffice it to say, we’re not having to go out to Whiskey Road to grab players,” Roy said. “This is the strongest field we’ve had since my involvement in 2003.”
The field is almost complete for the tournament. Ninety-two players have already been selected. Another 98 players will compete in a Monday qualifier to try to earn one of up to six or seven spots into the tournament.
“It could take 66 or 67 to get in through the qualifier,” Palmetto Golf Club general manager and director of golf Brooks Blackburn said. “The quality of the field just keeps getting better.”
Palmetto Amateur officials have settled on an early June date to avoid conflicting with other top-notch amateur events during the summer. The tournament is wedged between the NCAA Division I Championship and the U.S. Open.
The tournament attracted two of the top 100 players in the Scratch Players World Golf Ranking. Louisiana State golfer Curtis Thompson, whose brother, Nicholas, plays on the PGA Tour, and sister, Lexi, is on the LPGA Tour, is ranked No. 67. Nicholas Reach, the first winner of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, is ranked 76th.
“We’d like to get 10 of the top 100,” Roy said. “The bottom line is we want the best players we can bring in here.”
The field also includes Carson Young, who won the Junior Invitational in April before winning the Southern Cross at Palmetto. Young’s high school teammate, Austin Langdale, is also in the field. The future Clemson golfers will be joined by current Tiger Cody Proveaux.
Todd White, the 2010 Palmetto Amateur champion who’s on the Walker Cup watch list, is another notable in the field. Two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Tim Jackson will be joining him, along with several local participants.