Winners of the U.S., British, Latin America and Asia-Pacific amateur titles are among the entrants at Augusta National
In a nod to the late club founder Bobby Jones, a lifelong amateur who won the 1930 Grand Slam, the Masters traditionally invites some of the top amateurs in the world. Among the invitees next month will be the winners of the U.S., British, Latin America and Asia-Pacific amateur tournaments and the U.S. Mid-Amateur.
The Masters, originally scheduled for April 9-12, was postponed when the PGA Tour suspended its season March 12 because of the global coronavirus pandemic. The 84th Masters ultimately was reset for the fall. The competition will be held without spectators.
Here is a look at the amateurs in the field (for the complete Masters field and how each player qualified, click here):
* John Augenstein (U.S.) – The Vanderbilt senior from Owensboro, Ky., qualified with his runner-up finish at the 2019 U.S. Amateur. He secured the match-clinching point for the 2019 U.S. Walker Cup team. Augenstein missed the cut in the 2020 U.S. Open. He was named the 2020 Southeastern Conference player of the year.
* Abel Gallegos (Argentina) – As a 17-year-old, Gallegos posted a four-stroke victory in the 2020 Latin America Amateur at El Camaleon Golf Club in Mayakoba, Mexico, in January.
* Yuxin Lin (China) – The University of Southern California sophomore from Beijing qualified for the Masters by winning the 2019 Asia-Pacific Amateur, defeating Japan’s Takumi Kanaya in a playoff in September at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. Lin also won the 2017 Asia-Pacific Amateur title, which earned him spots in the Masters and British Open, at Carnoustie. Lin, 19, who plays left-handed, missed the cut in both events.
* Lukas Michel (Australia) – Michel, 26, of Melbourne, Australia, won the 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur title, defeating Joseph Deraney, 2 and 1, in the scheduled 36-hole final at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo. Michel became the first non-American to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He missed the cut in the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot.
* Andy Ogletree (U.S.) – Ogletree, 22, a Georgia Tech senior from Little Rock, Miss., won the 2019 U.S. Amateur, defeating John Augenstein, 2 and 1, in the scheduled 36-hole final at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort’s No. 2 Course. He competed on the winning U.S. side in the 2019 Walker Cup. Ogletree missed the cut at the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. He has played in three other PGA Tour events, all missed cuts. With the Havemeyer Trophy for winning the U.S. Amateur, Ogletree also holds an invitation to the British Open.
* James Sugrue (Ireland) – Sugrue, 23, of Mallow in County Cork, won the 2019 British Amateur. He missed the cut in the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and finished 66thin the recent Irish Open. Sugrue competed in the 2019 British Open at Royal Portrush, where he missed the cut by one stroke.
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