13 Jul 2012
National Squad member Daniel Nisbet.
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Round 1 Report
National Squad member Daniel Nisbet is the best of the Australians following the opening round of the Players Amateur at Berkeley Hall Golf Club in North Carolina.
Nisbet opened with a 3-under par 69 to be three strokes off the lead of American Bobby Wyatt who fired a 6-under 66.
Ryan McCarthy is in a tie for 10th following his 71 while Brett Drewitt and Cameron Smith finished at even par.
Todd Sinnott, Geoff Drakeford, Oliver Goss and Jake Higginbottom all finished at 1-over.
A large contingent of ten Australians will tee off in the Players Amateur Championship beginning Tuesday evening AEST at Berkeley Hall Club near Hilton Head, North Carolina.
There is plenty at stake for the champion with the winner earning an exemption into the nearby RBC Heritage tournament on the PGA Tour in 2013.
National Squad members Jake Higginbottom (NSW), Cameron Smith (QLD), Daniel Nisbet (QLD), Anthony Murdaca (SA), Nathan Holman (VIC), Brett Drewitt (NSW) and Oliver Goss (WA) will tee off alongside fellow Aussies Rory Bourke (VIC), Geoff Drakeford (VIC) and Matt Stieger (NSW).
The only Australian to win the title was Aron Price in 2004 but past champions include FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas, Rickie Fowler and Camilo Villegas.
While competing in the 1999 US Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach, former US Walker Cup Team members, Duke Delcher and Tom McKnight iscussed the formation of a premier amateur golf tournament. The inaugural Players Amateur was held the next summer. Former British Open Champion, Ben Curtis, was the winner of the 2000 event.
American Corbin Mills won the 2011 event.