Welcome Message



Jeff Hunt
SBIA Co-Founder

Executive Director

Welcome to the 2019 South Beach International Amateur!

We are delighted to invite the top amateur golfers in the world to Miami Beach to compete for the South Beach International Amateur trophy.

The 2018 SBIA field was again one of the strongest in amateur golf, featuring 94 international players in the field of 210 representing 30 countries. It is expected that this year’s field will be ranked #5 in the worldwide rankings (SPWAR & WAGR) behind the United States Amateur, The Amateur, The Western Amateur and NCAA Division I Championship. Last year's field featured 158 of the world's "Top 1,000" players.

As has always been the case at the SBIA, all players who made the cut in 2018 will be given conditional exemptions. Currently the list of players who made the cut and highly ranked participants who missed the cut features 160 “Top 1,000” players. With over 85% of previous ranked players coming back to play the SBIA annually, it is obvious that spots in the field will go quickly.

In 2018 74 players made the cut at +3 after round 2. When all was said and done, University of Texas incoming freshman Pierceson Coody (#31SPWAR) held on for a one stroke victory over Venezuelan Manuel Torres who put the pressure on with a final round of 66.

The South Beach International Amateur is an "open" competition, and we encourage all top amateurs to apply. The tournament will again be limited to 210 of the world's best amateurs. Applications will start being accepted on June 14th, 2019. For those of you wishing to apply who are not exempt (please see exemption criteria), make sure you email me a playing resume when applying. For those of you, who receive exemption and conditional exemption invitations, pay close attention to the exemption deadline dates. Once an exemption date is passed, players are put in the player pool and will be judged solely by their SPWAR ranking as of the November 14th tournament closing date.

The commitment to continue building on the South Beach International Amateur's success starts with creating a great championship experience for every player. For the many of you who will be joining us again, welcome back! For those who come to Miami Beach this December for the first time, we look forward to having you participate!

See you on Miami Beach!