That goal will be to win the 46th Dogwood Invitational.
With a ranking based on past fields, the Dogwood is ranked as the 13th amateur golf tournament in the nation, and 25th in the world in the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings.
Tournament chairman Edward Toledano said he appreciates the rankings, but there is more to the tournament than rankings.
“What is most exciting for me is having the opportunity to meet these players from all around the world,” Toledano said. “This year we have four or five Australians in the field, we have two players from the Mexican national team, a player from Bermuda, two players from Canada, a player from South Africa and two players from China.
“We are well-represented on the international front. And we are bringing many of those individuals here for the first time.”
Toledano said the field includes five or six of the Top-100 amateurs in the world. He said this may not be one of the best fields ever for the Dogwood because of other tournaments and events happening at the same time, but he said it will still be a great tournament.
“This is not a Walker Cup year, so many of these amateurs are not playing the top events to get the eyeballs of the Walker Cup captain on them,” Toledano said.
The invited field of 76 includes players from all across the world, but also from all across the United States. Toledano said there are many NCAA Division I All-Americans in the field.
Toledano said there will be 102 players vying for eight spots in the qualifier June 25.
“That is a testament to the strength of the Dogwood,” Toledano said. “You have 100 odd some guys going for eight spots. And if you went down the qualifier spots, you would find a lot of Division II and Division III All-American players.”
Entry into the Dogwood is free to the public, and Toledano said he invites everyone who wants to come out to do so.
“We love having a gallery to come and watch because that juices the players up,” Toledano said. “I will always make the note that parking is a challenge around here. Everyone is welcome, if you can find a spot.”