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Keur Collects Second CGA Title at Carolinas Am

RJ Keur of Summerville, SC went wire-to-wire to win the 103rd Carolinas Amateur by a record margin of 7 strokes
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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (July 16, 2017) -- Final results of the 103rd Carolinas Amateur Championship conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek in Johns Island, S.C. on Sunday, July 16th. (7,130 yards, par 36-36--72, Course/Slope Rating: 74.5/143).

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RJ Keur's name will be engraved on the Richard S. Tufts trophy as the winner of the 103rd Carolinas Amateur Championship. Keur claimed his second CGA title of the summer in record fashion, capping his performance Sunday with his fourth round in the 60s at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek (65-66-69-69). Leading after each of the rounds, Keur is the first wire-to-wire winner in the championship's stroke-play format era.

Along the way to victory, the Summerville, S.C. native tallied a handful of other scoring records since the Carolinas Amateur went to a stroke-play format in 2010: lowest 36-hole score (-13), lowest 54-hole score (-16), and largest margin of victory (7 strokes). His 72-hole total of 19-under-par 269 was one stroke shy of tying the lowest winning score set by Carter Jenkins in 2015.

Keur becomes just the second player in history to win both the South Carolina Amateur Match Play and the Carolinas Amateur in the same year (Terry Ezell, 1989). In the final match of last month's South Carolina Amateur Match Play, Keur defeated three-time event champion Todd White. "These wins show my game is there," said the 21-year-old Keur. "They give me momentum. I know I can compete with the strongest of players." With the victory, Keur earns a 10-year exemption into any CGA championship for which he is eligible.

The lone bogey of Keur's final round, at the par-4 6th, was just his fifth over 72 holes of competition. "I didn't take too many drivers. I really just wanted to find fairways and give myself some numbers where I could make confident swings into the greens and have putts from below the hole where I could." Keur used that strategy Sunday to notch birdies on the first two holes at The Golf Club at Briar's Creek, then carded two more on holes 5 and 7 to bookend the bogey on No. 6. Following a two-hour fifty-minute delay for lightning in the area, Keur rolled in what would be his final birdie of the round on the par-5 7th. The rising senior at the University of Alabama Birmingham rattled off 11 consecutive pars to conclude the championship.

2016 South Carolina Amateur Match Play champion, Connor Bruns of Duncan, S.C. posted his third consecutive round in the 60s - a three-under 69 - to finish alone in second place at 12-under 276 (73-67-67-69). 18-year-old Ryan Marter of Columbia, S.C. finished in third at 9-under-par 279 (67-69-70-73). The top 30 finishers earn an exemption into the 104th Carolinas Amateur Championship to be held on The Country Club of North Carolina's Dogwood Course, July 12-15, 2018.

The championship is conducted at 72 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, there is a cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by the first day of the championship, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the CGA and has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club that does not exceed 7.4.

The Carolinas Golf Association extends its gratitude to the members and staff of The Golf Club at Briar's Creek for going above and beyond in their efforts to help conduct this championship. In particular, the CGA wishes to thank PGA Director of Golf Eve VanderWeele and Golf Course Superintendent Kyle Bibler, CGCS.


103rd Carolinas Amateur Championship
The Golf Club at Briar's Creek | Johns Island, S.C.

Final Results

Rank Player City, State Score R1 R2 R3 R4  
1 RJ Keur Summerville, SC -19 65 66 69 69 269
2 Connor Bruns Duncan, SC -12 73 67 67 69 276
3 Ryan Marter Columbia, SC -9 67 69 70 73 279
4 Andrew Orischak Hilton Head Island, SC -8 72 68 71 69 280
5 Nolan Mills, IV Charlotte, NC -6 69 75 68 70 282
T6 Aaron Thomas Belmont, NC -5 75 69 71 68 283
T6 James Lightsey Fort Mill, SC -5 71 74 67 71 283
T8 Bradley Kauffman Greer, SC -4 71 71 69 73 284
T8 Eric Bae Pinehurst, NC -4 71 74 70 69 284
T8 Dylan Lukes Chapel Hill, NC -4 70 74 71 69 284
T8 Tripp French Columbia, SC -4 71 79 66 68 284
12 Blake McShea Zebulon, NC -3 70 71 66 78 285
T13 Elliott Grayson Shelby, NC -2 72 73 71 70 286
T13 Eric Edwards Salisbury, NC -2 68 69 77 72 286
15 Reilly Erhardt Greensboro, NC -1 74 71 72 70 287
T16 Bryce Howell Blythewood, SC E 72 72 72 72 288
T16 Thomas Lilly Newton, NC E 68 75 72 73 288
T16 Parker Dudley John's island, SC E 72 68 77 71 288
T16 Shane Rogan Columbia, SC E 74 73 70 71 288
T20 Aaron Walker Charlotte, NC 1 75 71 73 70 289
T20 Matthew Sharpstene Asheville, NC 1 74 71 71 73 289
T20 Zach McKelvey Rutherfordton, NC 1 70 77 73 69 289
T23 Caleb Proveaux Lexington, SC 2 71 74 74 71 290
T23 Preston Ball Raleigh, NC 2 73 69 72 76 290
T23 Jackson Spires Fayetteville, NC 2 71 77 70 72 290
T26 Carson Ownbey Candler, NC 3 69 72 74 76 291
T26 Chandler Metz Wilkesboro, NC 3 74 70 76 71 291
T26 Chris Kim Cary, NC 3 71 74 71 75 291
T26 Blake Fiest Huntersville, NC 3 71 75 74 71 291
T26 Michael Sanders Davidson, NC 3 71 77 77 66 291
T26 Connor Armistead Charlotte, NC 3 77 73 75 66 291
T32 John Eades Charlotte, NC 4 66 80 71 75 292
T32 Joe Kastelic Hickory, NC 4 70 79 69 74 292
T34 Jake McGlone Charlotte, NC 5 71 75 76 71 293
T34 Logan Harrell Huntersville, NC 5 76 73 71 73 293
36 Chandler Mulkey Charleston, SC 7 74 76 75 70 295
37 Zack Swanson Waxhaw, NC 8 68 76 77 75 296
T38 Chris Jones Charlotte, NC 9 72 76 71 78 297
T38 Robert Lutomski Simpsonville, SC 9 76 74 72 75 297
T38 Chris Cassetta Kernersville , NC 9 76 74 75 72 297
41 Christian Sease Mt. Pleasant, SC 10 72 77 74 75 298
T42 Jonathan Henry Mooresville, NC 11 71 74 74 80 299
T42 Josh Branyon Honea Path, SC 11 71 72 74 82 299
T42 Jamie Wilson Mount Pleasant, SC 11 76 74 75 74 299
T42 Levi Grogan Canton, NC 11 75 74 76 74 299
46 Jacob Rutter Winston-Salem, NC 12 70 78 73 79 300
47 Riley Boyette Charleston, SC 13 74 74 77 76 301
48 Zachary Bishop Travelers Rest, SC 14 71 79 74 78 302
T49 Justin Emmons Asheboro, NC 15 72 78 76 77 303
T49 Matt Carter Easley, SC 15 76 71 77 79 303
T49 T.A. Fulmer Charleston , SC 15 74 76 77 76 303
T52 Tysinger Palmer Kernersville, NC 16 75 72 75 82 304
T52 Seth Robertson Inman, SC 16 73 76 75 80 304
T52 Thomas Eubanks Charlotte , NC 16 79 71 77 77 304
55 Austin Inman Wilmington, NC 17 73 74 78 80 305
T56 Eric Williams Goldsboro, NC 18 75 75 77 79 306
T56 Jordan Warnock Roebuck, SC 18 74 76 81 75 306
WD John O'Brien Columbia, SC - 68 81 77 WD WD
WD Joseph Cansler Clemmons, NC - 70 76 81 WD WD
WD Carter Bingham Greer, SC - 74 72 81 WD WD
WD Austin Zoller Summerville, SC - 70 77 82 WD WD
The following players did not make the cut
CUT Johnson Holliday Aynor, SC 7 78 73     151
CUT Chase Wilson Matthews, NC 7 75 76     151
CUT Christopher Blum Raleigh, NC 7 73 78     151
CUT Will Straub Huntersville, NC 7 71 80     151
CUT Jay Roberts Davidson, NC 8 73 79     152
CUT Joe Jaspers Huntersville, NC 8 78 74     152
CUT Bobby Few Lugoff, SC 8 75 77     152
CUT Jared Chinn Fayetteville, NC 8 78 74     152
CUT Logan McNeely Conover, NC 8 74 78     152
CUT Thomas Ellenburg N. Charleston, SC 8 77 75     152
CUT Brandon Mader Greenville, NC 9 74 79     153
CUT Doug Ramey Greer, SC 9 72 81     153
CUT Dustin Moore Greensboro, NC 9 76 77     153
CUT Jake Corn Rock hill, SC 9 77 76     153
CUT Kell Graham Charlotte, NC 9 76 77     153
CUT Luke Grogan Canton, NC 9 78 75     153
CUT Patrick Schweitz Clayton, NC 9 78 75     153
CUT Richard Oref Charleston, SC 9 80 73     153
CUT Charles Dallery Sumter, SC 9 76 77     153
CUT Raymond Wooten Clemson, SC 9 76 77     153
CUT Trey Burton Hickory, NC 9 82 71     153
CUT Weston Sanders Greenwood , SC 9 72 81     153
CUT Harry Reynolds Greenville, SC 10 76 78     154
CUT Jackson Neff Greensboro, NC 10 76 78     154
CUT Peyton Shore Saluda, SC 10 79 75     154
CUT Thomas Todd Laurens, SC 10 78 76     154
CUT Bradley Calloway Asheboro, NC 10 81 73     154
CUT Hardin Councill High Point, NC 10 77 77     154
CUT Jake Carter Aiken, SC 10 76 78     154
CUT Mark Absher Winston Salem, NC 10 77 77     154
CUT William Carter Laurinburg, NC 10 73 81     154
CUT Lee Mitchell Conover, NC 11 75 80     155
CUT Sumner Tate Raleigh, NC 11 81 74     155
CUT Tripp Summerlin Summerfield, NC 11 79 76     155
CUT Nathan Young Raleigh , NC 11 80 75     155
CUT Matthew Laydon Charleston, SC 12 79 77     156
CUT Grant Smith Charlotte, NC 12 74 82     156
CUT Hunter Watkins Lexington, SC 12 75 81     156
CUT Zach Schwab Columbia, SC 12 76 80     156
CUT Brady Eckard Conover, NC 13 81 76     157
CUT Brett Waters Taylorsville, NC 13 72 85     157
CUT Charlie Ipock Darlington, SC 13 76 81     157
CUT Tanner Gross Archdale, NC 13 86 71     157
CUT Thomas Messenheimer Morganton, NC 13 79 78     157
CUT Jordan Smith Summerfield, NC 14 79 79     158
CUT Carter Cook Cornelius, NC 14 74 84     158
CUT Justin Howell Greer, SC 14 80 78     158
CUT Jay Jay Howard Concord, NC 15 80 79     159
CUT Michael McKee Ware Shoals, SC 15 78 81     159
CUT Michael Sutton Goldsboro, NC 15 79 80     159
CUT Brad Clark Chapel Hill, NC 16 79 81     160
CUT Douglas Perkins Gastonia, NC 17 85 76     161
CUT Matthew Hopper Greenville, SC 17 70 91     161
CUT Madison Duffie Gastonia, NC 17 78 83     161
CUT Zach Bostic Gaffney, SC 17 80 81     161
CUT Jack Parrott Columbia, SC 19 84 79     163
CUT Rhett Merritt Easley, SC 19 76 87     163
CUT Ashley Fuquay Greensboro, NC 20 80 84     164
CUT Hunter Oxendine Fayetteville, NC 20 82 82     164
CUT Peter Hinnant Winston-Salem, NC 20 78 86     164
CUT Wick Andrews Columbia, SC 20 76 88     164
CUT Tim Bunten Concord, NC 22 82 84     166
CUT Kurt Waldthausen Simpsonville, SC 25 86 83     169
CUT Landon Taylor Mount Holly, NC 26 86 84     170
CUT Richard Cox Greenville, SC 26 77 93     170
CUT Thomas Hunter Florence, SC 37 88 93     181
WD Scott Patnode Belmont, NC - 72 WD     WD
WD Gary Odom Greenwood, SC - 79 WD     WD
WD Daniel Jackson Matthews, NC - 81 WD     WD
WD Addison Cashwell Concord, NC - WD WD     WD

                                     

About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.

 

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