Novak heads Rice Planters field

Mount Pleasant's Andrew Novak, the current S.C. Amateur and S.C. Amateur Match Play champion, heads the field for the 2015 Rice Planters Amateur golf tournament that begins Wednesday at Snee Farm Country Club. File/Michael Pronzato/ Staff

Mount Pleasant’s Andrew Novak will certainly have to rank among the favorites in what looks to be one of the stronger fields in Rice Planters Amateur golf tournament history. The 72-hole tournament, which has produced numerous golfers who have gone on to win PGA Tour events, tees off Wednesday at Snee Farm Country Club.

Novak, a rising junior at Wofford who finished second to Rigel Fernandes in the 2014 Rice Planters, went on to win the South Carolina Amateur last August and last week won the South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship, becoming only the fourth golfer to hold those two titles at the same time.

Fernandes is not entered in the 2015 Rice Planters, but 2013 champion Maverick Antcliff of Georgia Regents University Augusta will play. Antcliff beat North Charleston’s Austin Cody with a birdie on the sixth extra hole after shooting a final-round 66 to Cody’s 67 and force the playoff.

Wednesday’s tee times begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 1:30 p.m.