The Palmetto Amateur

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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 held at the historic Palmetto Golf Club, where golf was first played in Aiken, SC, in 1892.

Ben Schlottman of Advance, NC fired a final round 66 on the last day to overtake third round leader Austin Langdale of Townville, SC and win the 2015 Palmetto Amateur.  He finished the tournament at eight under par.  Ben just completed an outstanding freshman campaign at Auburn University, being named to the All-SEC first-team and finishing as a Golfweek All-America honorable mention.

Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, GA finished second at six under par.  Dane Burkhart of Aiken, SC and Sean Kelly of Bradenton, FL finished tied for third at three under par.

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.