CORAL SPRINGS, FL (December 15, 2016) -- A
talented field has once more been assembled to
partake in the Men's Dixie Amateur, set to be played
at TPC Eagle Trace and Heron Bay Golf Club.
The first round of the 72-hole event begins on
Monday the 19th and continues through Thursday
Over the course of four days the contestants
from 23 different countries will
split their time between the two tracks. For the first
two days both courses will be utilized before TPC
Eagle Trace is used for the third round and Heron
Bay GC hosts the final round. A 36-hole cut will be
made after the completion of play on Tuesday.
TPC Eagle Trace Round
One Tee Times
Each year the Men's Dixie Amateur attracts
many of the best players in the amateur game and
2016 is no different. Some past winners of the event
Doug Ford, Jesper Parnevik, Hal Sutton, Lanny
Wadkins and more recently Peter Uihlein (twice) and
Heron Bay Round One
Here is a look at some of the top
contenders for 2016:
Barry Babbitt (Rollins College, Sr.)-
From Orlando, FL, Babbit is in the midst of his final
season at Rollins College where in three events his
best finish was a tie for sixth at the Kiawah Island
Zack Justice (Richmond, Fr.)-
Orlando, FL, Justice qualified for and competed in the
2016 U.S. Amateur. So far during his first collegiate
season, Justice has broke into the top-10 once,
earning a tie 10th at the Waterville Intercollegiate.
Jason Langer (South Florida commit)-
The son of two-time Masters winner Bernhard
Jason will be heading to South Florida next fall. Two
years ago the Langer's paired together to win the
PNC Father/Son Challenge. Bulls head coach Steve
Bradley is among the coaches that will be on hand
throughout the tournament.
Linus Lo (Western Kentucky, RS Fr.)-
Originally from Hong Kong, Lo moved to Florida
in 2011 and he is now a resident of Heathrow. After
redshirting as a freshman Lo has played in three
events this year at Western Kentucky.
Caleb Proveaux (South Carolina, Fr.)-
top junior performer, Proveaux was the No. 2 ranked
junior in South Carolina. The Lexington, SC resident
reached the Round of 32 in the 2015 U.S. Amateur
and played in three U.S. Junior Amateur's.
Trent Wallace (Illinois State, So.)-
four events this year Wallace, from Joliet, IL, best
finish came in at
the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic were he tied
for fourth at 1-under.
Heron Bay GC, the site of the final round, should
set up for an exciting final day. "That is where the
is located and you can walk out the
backdoor of the Marriott and you are right on the
course," tournament director John Hand said. "The
reason we did that is
because the last couple of years we finished at TPC
Eagle Trace and everybody wanted to get back to the
hotel and even though it was only six miles away
they wanted to leave and pack up and get ready for
their flight. But at Heron Bay we always get a crowd
because everybody is right there."
Late on the back nine Heron Bay GC has two
that will test the mettle of any player in contention.
First up is the par-3 15th that will play close to 200
yards and then comes the challenging par-4 final
hole. The hole can be stretched to 450 yards and the
layout includes a dogleg to the right, water on the
right and bunkers on the left which brings a lot of
different numbers into play.