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Sport24.co.za | SA trio in 312-player U.S. Amateur field



Pinehurst – A trio of South Africans made the 312-strong
player field that takes to the No 2 and No 4 courses on Monday for the 36-hole
stroke play qualifier of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pinehurst Resort in
North Carolina.

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National Squad member and 2018 Amateur champion Jovan Rebula leads the local
charge, along with Chris Woollam from KwaZulu-Natal and Florida resident Devon
Hopkins
.

Rebula
was among 67 players exempt for the 119th playing of one of amateur golf’s most
prestigious tournaments, courtesy of his 28th place standing in the world
amateur golf rankings.

The
Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation player has enjoyed a strong season, with
victory in the 22nd annual Georgia Cup in March and winning the individual
title at the Southeastern Conference a month later among his highlights. In
June, the Auburn University senior was named a PING All-American by the Golf
Coaches Association of America (GCAA).

Rebula,
a member of the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation, qualified for the U.S.
Amateur last year, but missed the match play field by two shots.

Woollam
and Hopkins had to do it the hard way, though, joining more than 7 000
hopefuls at 96 qualifying sites across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Woollam secured
his berth with a third place tie at the Chenal Country Club in Arkansas.

The
Hilton graduate is currently in his first season on a golf scholarship at
Louisiana State University, where he impressed with a runner-up finish in his
debut for the LSU Tigers. Woollam fired rounds of 68, 72 and 70 to finish
second on six-under in the David Toms Intercollegiate.

In 2018,
Woollam won the stroke play qualifier in the 2017 Sanlam SA Amateur
Championship and champion Deon Germishuys needed 39 holes to dispatch the
Durban Country Club golfer at his home course to win the 36-hole final.

Hopkins,
meanwhile, took the medallist honours on 137 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in
Florida.

Hopkins
graduated Northern Illinois University in 2011. An account executive at Aetna,
an American managed health care company, Hopkins regularly competes on the
Florida State Golf Association circuit. He recently finished 14th in the
Florida Open and the top eight in the match play stage at Old March Golf Club.

He also
reached the quarter-finals with playing partner Matt Kleinrock in the 2019 U.S.
Amateur Fourball Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

Only the
top 64 players will advance to the match-play stage, with ties on 64 settled
with a sudden-death playoff.

The
match-play field will be cut to 32 in the first round on Wednesday.
On Thursday morning, the field will be reduced to 16 and in the afternoon, the
top eight will be decided. The quarter-finals are played on Friday and the
semi-finals on Saturday, with the champion decided in a 36-hole final on
Sunday.

In
addition to lifting the coveted Havemeyer Trophy, the U.S. Amateur champion receives
an invitation to the Masters, US Open and Open Championship.





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