Snee Farm member Jamie Wilson may have more than family and interested club members following his threesome during the first two rounds of the 42nd annual Rice Planters Amateur. Wilson, who won the high school state Class AA individual championship and helped lead Bishop England to the team title, will be playing with a pair of golfers whose fathers were part of the tournament's rich history.
College golfers Dru Love and Scotty Verplank, the sons of PGA Tour standouts Davis Love and Scott Verplank, join Wilson to make a feature group, starting the tournament at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday. Love plays for the University of Alabama, while Verplank is a member of the Oklahoma City University golf team.
Just in case their fathers haven't told them, Love and Verplank both competed in the 1983 Rice Planters. Love, who played college golf at North Carolina, finished in the pack but Verplank, an Oklahoma State star, lost by one shot to Brandel Chamblee, just missing a birdie try on the final hole that would have forced a playoff.
The 2013 Rice Planters finished in spectacular fashion with Maverick Antcliff of Australia topping North Charleston's Austin Cody with a birdie on the sixth extra hole. Antcliff shot a final-round 66 to Cody's final-round 67.
A field of 95 golfers is scheduled to compete this year with tee times Wednesday-Friday ranging from 8 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. The field will be cut to the low 54 and ties for Saturday's final round with tee times running from 8 a.m. to approximately 11 a.m.
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