With 2011 champ Uihlein not returning, who will hoist the championship trophy this year?
Starting on Wednesday June 20th and running until Saturday June 23rd is the biggest amateur golf tournament this side of the Mississippi as many of the best amateur golfers traveled to Wannamoissett Country Club in East Providence Rhode Island for this extraordinary event. I have been lucky enough to have experienced this tournament for the past 3 years(this is my 4th that i will be working) and it something that needs to be experienced by every golf enthusiast.
Now you may be thinking to yourself, these guys are just amateurs, many of which are in college, what makes it likely they will actually become solid professional players, if they become that at all. Let me run through some notable alumni of the Northeast Amateur for all you readers: Ben Crenshaw, Brett Quigley, Luke Donald, Anthony Kim, and Dustin Johnson are all notable past champions of the tournament. Other notables include: Jim Furyk, Webb Simpson( the man who just recently won the U.S. Open) and a man by the name of Tiger Woods is also an alum of the NEA. The tournament is up for grabs this year as 2011 champion Peter Uihlein will not be defending his title this year as he has left the amateur circuit. The favorites heading into this week are 17 year old Shun Yat-Hak from Hong Kong, Corey Whitsett and Justin Thomas from Alabama, Blaine Barber from Auburn, and Andrew Yun from Stanford are the early favorites to be hoisting the trophy on Saturday afternoon.
This tournament is usually host to many low scores as these kids just dominate this course year in and year out and if you arent under par by double digits through this tourney, the chances of you winning are extremely slim to none. It is an event that is always put on extremely well, and it is always fun to see some of the best kids in the world come to a local golf course and play. You never know which one of these kids may be the next big star in the golfing world.Tee times begin at 8 am on Wednesday and run every 8 minutes.
- John Calabro