The Palmetto Amateur
The Palmetto Amateur has been contested since 1976, first as the Aiken Golf Classic and then, beginning in 1998, as the Palmetto Amateur. The tournament is usually held at the historic Palmetto Golf Club, where golf was first played in Aiken, SC, in 1892.
Due to renovations at Palmetto Golf Club, this year’s tournament will be held at The Reserve Club in Aiken, SC.
The Palmetto Amateur receives more applications than we can accommodate as a top 100 world amateur event. As such, we select those with distinguishable golf performance credentials. While the Palmetto Amateur is included in all world amateur rankings, the dominant ranking that we rely on is the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking or “SPWAR”. We also place distinguishable weight on prior finishes “of note” in the Palmetto Amateur as well as finishes in collegiate events, top junior events, top Mid-Am events, top senior events, and USGA events. Any amateur worldwide ranked among the top 300 in the SPWAR at date of entry is assured a place in the field as long as spots remain available.
Mark your calendars for the 2023 Palmetto Amateur
Tournament: July 6, 2023 – July 9, 2023
Round 3 Recap
Saturday was moving day at the 48 th annual Palmetto Amateur, and half the field posted scores below
The top of the leaderboard, however, looked familiar after the third round of play at The Reserve Club at
Ford Goldasich, of Homewood, Alabama, shot 5-under-par 66 and holds the 54-hole lead at 13-under-
He is followed closely by Sihan Sandhu of Ashburn, Va., who shot 65 and is at 12-under.
JonErik Alford (68) of Roswell, Ga., is in solo third at 11-under, and Reece Coleman (70) of Anderson,
S.C., is in fourth at 9-under.
Goldasich, Alford and Coleman each shared the 36-hole lead.
Aiken resident Brian Quackenbush remains tied for fifth after a 69, his third consecutive day of breaking
par. He is joined in fifth by Randall Hudson (67) of New Bern, N.C. Both golfers are at 7-under for the
Bradley Goldstein of Highland Park, Ill., had the low round Saturday with an 8-under 63.
The field was cut to the low 40 and ties, and 42 players advanced to Sunday’s final round.
The golfers are competing at the Hollow Creek course, which plays to a length of 6,943 yards and to a
par of 71.
The Palmetto Amateur is normally played at historic Palmetto Golf Club, but that venue is unavailable as
the course undergoes a regrassing project this summer.