Meet the Masters amateurs


Meet the Masters amateurs

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AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 04: Amateur Curtis Luck of Australia hits a tee shot on the fourth hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2017 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2017 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Following a Masters tradition honoring tournament founder Bobby Jones, the field this year includes five amateurs from four nations.

For the record, no amateur has ever won the Masters. Jones never finished better than 13th (1934), though he had retired from competitive golf four years before he founded the tournament.

This year’s amateur field (alphabetically):

Brad Dalke

Age: 19 Home: Norman, Okla.

Qualification: U.S. Amateur runner-up.

A third-generation University of Oklahoma athlete, Dalke is the youngest player in the field.

Toto Gana

Age: 19 Hometown: Santiago, Chile

Qualification: Latin American Amateur champion

With no current plans to turn pro, Gana is a freshman at Lynn (Fla.) University.

Scott Gregory

Age: 22. Hometown: Corhampton, England

Qualification: British Amateur champion

Only member of the field from Crookhorn College of Technology.

Stewart Hagestad

Age: 25 Hometown: Newport Beach, Cal.

Qualification: U.S. Mid-Amateur champion

The former USC Trojan is a financial analyst.

Curtis Luck

Age: 20. Hometown: Perth, Australia

Qualification: U.S. Amateur champion

Luck actually qualified twice, also winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur title.

Three Masters amateurs have finished second: Frank Shanahan, 1947 (5 under par); Ken Venturi, 1956 (2 over par) and Charlie Coe, 1961 (7 under par).

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