Many are playing the event not only because of the significance of the event itself but also because the Golf Australia mid year camp is conducted next week at Woodlands where Australians and some New Zealanders get together with several on the Australian rookie programme to hone their skills at a mid season refresher camp.
Seventeen Australasians are in the field for this week's event, headed in terms of world ranking at least by West Australian Brady Watt.
Oliver Goss who last week finished as the leading Australian in 6th position at the Players Amateur in South Carolina is also in the field as are recent Rice Planters winner, Maverick Antcliff, Geoff Drakeford, Brett Drewitt, Nathan Holman, Viraat Badhwar, James Gibellini, Jordan Zunic, Ricky Kato, Jake McCleod Aaron Wilkin and Callan O'Reilly long with New Zealanders Vaughn McCall, Josh Munn, Cameron Jones, Sam An, and Tae Koh.
The Southern Amateur was first played in 1902 and included on its winner's list are some of the greats of American golf including Bobby Jones Jr, and other major winners such as Lanny Wadkins, Gay Brewer, Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Bill Rogers, Jerry Pate, Bob Tway, Mark Brooks, David Love, Justin Leonard and Webb Simpson.
Australia's only victory in the event came in 2004 when West Australian Michael Sim was successful.
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