Beaufils finishes top 5 at Rice Planters

Ray Beaufils has secured a top-5 finish with an 9-under-par total following the final round of Rice Planters Amateur at Snee Farm Country Club in South Carolina.

Beaufils fired rounds of 69-70-67-73 to finish nine strokes behind Brooks Koepka, with the American claiming his maiden US amateur tournament title with a two stroke win at 18-under-par from fellow countryman and third round leader, Austin Cody.

Beaufils started the final round in a tie for 3rd position at 10-under-par and within three strokes of Cody. A 1-over-par 73 not the perfect closing round for the Queenslander, yet enough to give Beaufils his highest finish at a major US amateur tournament with his previous best a tied 11th at the 2008 Monroe Invitational.

This week Beaufils played consistent golf and prevented the blow out rounds that had damaged his chances in the earlier events.

Beaufils' campaign this season in the US has seen a tied 29th finish at the Monroe Invitational last week, whilst the week before he finished in a tie for 35th at the Sunnehanna Amateur after opening strongly to be in a tie for 6th following the first round.

At the Rice Planters last year he managed 15th and the six month layoff from major competitive golf back in Australia appears to have given new vigour to his game.

The top-5 finish at the Rice Planters is timely and sets up Beaufils well for his next tournament, the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills that starts this Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia.

All five Australians playing at the Rice Planters this week made the 54-hole cut for the low 60 and ties following the third round.

Luke Bleumink and Michael Smyth were the next best placed Australians behind Beaufils, finishing in a tie for 10th position at 4-under-par. Bleumink fired rounds 74-71-68-71, whilst Smyth carded rounds of 72-72-68-72. Ben Weatherly and Ryan Lynch both finished at 4-over-par with Weatherly having rounds of 73-73-71-75 and Lynch carding rounds of 74-69-73-76.

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