Wednesday April 3, 2013
Augusta, Ga--It's just about time for the Insperity ASU invitational and once again it's a stacked field with some outstanding golf talent in the country. One guy to keep an eye on this weekend is Augusta State freshman Maverick Antcliff.
Keeping up the tradition of Australian golfers coming to ASU Antcliff has made an immediate impact. He finished 16th in his first collegiate event and then followed it up with a third place finish at the Palmetto Invitational in Aiken, a tournament the Jags won.
"It was good to get off to a good start, obviously we didn't play that well last week, but none of us really did, but it was good to get off to a good start" said Maverick Antcliff "It was good to be part of a team that won at Palmetto. I think that was our first 54 hole victory since the national championship in 2011"
"He's really headstrong" said Kevin McPherson "He's one of those players that, he can rebound if he has a bad hole or two. He's very confident in himself, not cocky but confident and he's one of those players that can put up a number"
Antcliff has to sit out a year before teeing up for Augusta State. The rules for international athletes are a little different then kids from the U.S. Antcliff had to fill some NCAA requirements before he could be part of the team. It was frustrating for everyone involved.
"I practiced for like a year you know, wasn't able to play with the team and stuff like that" added Antcliff "Just seeing how the boys were playing made me want to play even better. I just wanted to be on the team rather then just sitting at home."
The tournament features 36 holes on saturday with the final 18 sunday. ASU has won the event eight times and really could use a ninth if they entertain any thoughts of making the NCAA tournament