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Novak Has a Knack for SC Amateur Titles

Andrew Novak of Mount Pleasant, 2015 South Carolina Amateur Match Play Champion

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. -- Final match play results of the 43rd South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at The Windermere Club in Blythewood, SC on Sunday, June 21, 2015 (Par 35-36--71, 6661 yards, Course Rating: 72.3/135).

Match Play Hole-by-Hole Results

Andrew Novak Interview

Jonathan Hardee Interview

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Championship Match Re-Cap

Andrew Novak, 20, of Mount Pleasant defeated Jonathan Hardee, 19, of Greer by a 3 and 2 score to win the 43rd South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship. Novak, a junior at Wofford College, becomes the fourth person to hold the CGA South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship and SCGA South Carolina Amateur Championship titles at the same time (Jim Holmes (1977); Todd White (1990 SC Am-1991 SC Match Play); Bert Atkinson (1995); Andrew Novak (2014 SC Am-2015 SC Match)).

Novak jumped out to a 1 up lead after a bogey by Hardee on the first hole. Holes 2 and 3 were halved with pars. Hardee, a sophomore at the University of Alabama rolled in a 28-foot birdie from the fringe to win the par three fourth hole to square the match. Fifth hole was halved with par fours. Hardee canned a roller-coaster 35-foot birdie putt to take a 1 up lead on the 450-yard par four sixth hole. Holes 7 and 8 were halved with pars. On the par three ninth hole, Hardee's tee shot went into the water hazard leading to a double-bogey five and squaring the match.

Novak then took control on the back nine. With Hardee over the green in two, Novak drove the par five 10th hole in two leading to a two-putt birdie to take a 1 up lead. Holes 11, 12 and 13 were halved with pars.

The drivable par 4 14th hole proved to be the pivotal point in the match. Both players took aim at driving the 288-yard par four hole. Hardee's tee shot landed in the deep left greenside bunker. Novak's drive stopped on the back edge of the putting green leaving a 30-foot eagle putt. Hardee bladed his bunker shot over the green and was unable to scramble for par thus conceding a birdie putt to Novak for a 2 up lead.

On the par four 15th hole, Novak hit his approach shot to 12 feet. Hardee's approach shot was hit short and right into the water hazard that led to a bogey five. Novak missed his birdie attempt but was conceded his par to take a 3 up lead. The par four 16th hole, both players had decent looks for birdie. Novak putted first and missed just below the hole. Hardee was then left with a 20-foot birdie attempt to extend the match. His putt slid by the hole thus sealing the title for Novak.

Novak never played more than 16 holes in any match. "I just tried to hit fairways and greens to put the pressure on my opponents," Novak said of his key to winning this week.

Championship Match Results

(26) Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (144) def. (20) Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C. (143), 3 and 2

Hole-by-Hole Results

Hole 1 Par 4 Hardee 5, Novak 4 - Novak 1 up

Hole 2 Par 4 Hardee 4, Novak 4 - Novak 1 up

Hole 3 Par 5 Hardee 5, Novak 5 - Novak 1 up

Hole 4 Par 3 Hardee 2, Novak 3 - All Square

Hole 5 Par 4 Hardee 4, Novak 4 - All Square

Hole 6 Par 4 Hardee 3, Novak 4 - Hardee 1 up

Hole 7 Par 4 Hardee 4, Novak 4 - Hardee 1 up

Hole 8 Par 4 Hardee 4, Novak 4 - Hardee 1 up

Hole 9 Par 3 Hardee 5, Novak 3 - All Square

Hole 10 Par 5 Hardee 5, Novak 4 - Novak 1 up

Hole 11 Par 4 Hardee 4, Novak 4 - Novak 1 up

Hole 12 Par 4 Hardee 4, Novak 4 - Novak 1 up

Hole 13 Par 3 Hardee 3, Novak 3 - Novak 1 up

Hole 14 Par 4 Hardee 5, Novak 3 - Novak 2 up

Hole 15 Par 4 Hardee 5, Novak 4 - Novak 3 up

Hole 16 Par 4 Hardee 4, Novak 4 - Novak wins 3 and 2

 

Complete Match Play Results

Round of 32 Results

Jake Smith, Duncan, S.C. (32) def. Bradley Kauffman, Greer, S.C. (1), 19 holes

Chandler McDonald, Richland, S.C. (17) def. Logan Sowell, Kershaw, S.C. (16), 19 holes

Jeremy Grab, Daniel Island, S.C. (8) def. Chris Mitchell, Prosperity, S.C. (25), 1 up

Taylor White, Duncan, S.C. (9) def. Matt O'Quinn, Beaufort, S.C. (24), 2 up

Cary Phillips, Kershaw, S.C. (29) def. Robert Dargan, Columbia, S.C. (4), 2 up

Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C. (20) def. Ryan Reynolds, Camden , S.C. (13), 5 and 3

Brandon Truesdale, Winnsboro, S.C. (5) def. Preston Cole, Greer, S.C. (28), 1 up

Cameron Mackay, Bluffton, S.C. (12) def. Chase Fisher, Columbia, S.C. (21), 3 and 1

Charles Dallery, Sumter, S.C. (31) def. Robert Lutomski, Mauldin, S.C. (2), 3 and 2

Nick Eberhardt, Lake Wylie, S.C. (18) def. Thomas Todd III, Laurens , S.C. (15), 2 and 1

Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (26) def. Jud Milam, Ridgeland, S.C. (7), 5 and 3

Christian Sease, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (23) def. Cody Clepper, Sumter, S.C. (10), 1 up

Kyle Scruggs, Chesnee, S.C. (30) def. Wick Andrews, Columbia, S.C. (3), 2 and 1

Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C. (14) def. Andrew Ward, York, S.C. (19), 3 and 2

Coleman Self, Greenwood, S.C. (27) def. Jarrett Grimes, Columbia, S.C. (6), 4 and 3

Julian Keur, Summerville, S.C. (22) def. Tripp French, Columbia , S.C. (11), 2 and 1

 

Round of 16 Results

Jake Smith, Duncan, S.C. (32) def. Chandler McDonald, Richland, S.C. (17), 19 holes

Jeremy Grab, Daniel Island, S.C. (8) def. Taylor White, Duncan, S.C. (9), 3 and 2

Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C. (20) def. Cary Phillips, Kershaw, S.C. (29), 5 and 4

Brandon Truesdale, Winnsboro, S.C. (5) def. Cameron Mackay, Bluffton, S.C. (12), 2 and 1

Charles Dallery, Sumter, S.C. (31) def. Nick Eberhardt, Lake Wylie, S.C. (18), 3 and 1

Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (26) def. Christian Sease, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (23), 6 and 4

Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C. (14) def. Kyle Scruggs, Chesnee, S.C. (30), 2 up

Julian Keur, Summerville, S.C. (22) def. Coleman Self, Greenwood, S.C. (27), 3 and 2

 

Quarterfinal Results

Jeremy Grab, Daniel Island, S.C. (8) def. Jake Smith, Duncan, S.C. (32), 2 and 1

Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C. (20) def. Brandon Truesdale, Winnsboro, S.C. (5), 1 up

Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (26) def. Charles Dallery, Sumter, S.C. (31), 3 and 2

Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C. (14) def. Julian Keur, Summerville, S.C. (22), 1 up

 

Semifinal Results

Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C. (20) def. Jeremy Grab, Daniel Island, S.C. (8), 20 holes

Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (26) def. Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C. (14), 3 and 2

 

Championship Match Results

(26) Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant, S.C. (144) def. (20) Jonathan Hardee, Greer, S.C. (143), 3 and 2


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