Jarrett Swan was almost speechless Sunday evening after surviving Matt Laydon’s final-round onslaught in the 63rd Charleston City Amateur golf tournament.
“Awesome. That’s all I can say. I’m on top of the world,” said Swan, who saw Laydon whittle a five-shot deficit over the final nine holes to force a playoff after the two competitors tied in regulation at 8-under-par 208.
Swan, who just completed his sophomore season at Charleston Southern, finally won the tournament with a birdie on the second hole of sudden death.
“Whew, those old guys never quit,” Swan joked at the 38-year-old Laydon, a financial consultant in Charleston. “He never quit. He just kept coming at me.”
Swan, who led the tournament from start to finish and held a three-stroke lead over Laydon going into the final round, made three early birdies and shot 34 to Laydon’s 36 on the front nine. But Swan couldn’t make a birdie on the back nine and shot 1-over 37. That opened the door for Laydon, who fired a 32 to catch Swan.
On the 17th hole, both players just missed birdie chances. On the 18th, Swan seemed to have the advantage after Laydon hooked his tee shot, punched his approach short of the green and then chipped 10 feet past the hole. But Laydon nailed the par putt to force extra holes.
Swan again seemed to be in position to win on the first playoff hole when Laydon hooked his approach shot dangerously close to the water.
“It was by the hazard line and I thought, ‘Why not chip it in?’ ” said Laydon, who almost holed the shot to match Swan’s par and send the two golfers to the par-5 second hole.
After hitting his tee shot into the left rough, Laydon’s second shot checked up 60 yards short of the green. He was unable to get his approach close and two-putted for a par. Swan’s second shot came up about five yards short of the green, and he chipped to three feet and made the putt for birdie.
“That was the longest three-footer I’ve ever had,” Swan said.
Charleston City Amateur
x-Jarrett Swan 67-70-71—208
Matthew Laydon 68-72-68—208
David Foster 71-73-70—214
Frank Ford III 71-73-70—214
Christian Sease 72-72-72—216
Scotty Davis 69-73-74—216
Daniel Sloan 73-71-73—217
Andy Gianoukos 73-71-74—218
David Eller Jr. 71-73-77—221
William Taylor 71-73-77—221
x-won on second playoff hole
FIRST FLIGHT: Matt Metz, 76-69-69—214; Ross Thomson, 74-72-68—214; Chris Calabrese, 75-70-70—215; Kyle Hayworth, 75-70-70—215; Garris Killingsworth, 77-70-70—217; Matt Wood, 75-72-70—217. SECOND FLIGHT: Jeff Emory, 71-77-72—220; Winn Tutterow, 80-69-71—220; Jeff Chapa, 73-76-72—221; Mike Harrison, 76-74-73—223; Bart Branan, 73-75-78—226; Brian Phillips, 74-75-77—226; Kellen McClain, 78-71-77—226. THIRD FLIGHT: Jonathan Smith, 78-73-72—223; Nick Avery, 81-70-72—223; Paul Van Zutphen ,73-78-72—223; Blake Maull, 77-74-73—224; Andrew Grice, 80-72-74—226. FOURTH FLIGHT: Alan Graham, 77-76-75—228; Austin Parks, 78-76-74—228; Paul Conway, 79-74-75—228; Billy Stripling, 76-78-76—230; Thomas McInerney, 76-78-76—230. FIFTH FLIGHT: Ed Royall, 77-79-73—229; Brian Lott , 78-77-75—230; Stephen Perry, 75-80-75—230; Eric Tobias, 81-75-75—231; Mark Havenstein, 79-77-76—232. SIXTH FLIGHT: Jack Stone, 79-78-76—233; Jeff Ramicone, 78-79-77—234; Bob Bacon, 80-77-78—235; Craig Stamey, 78-79-78—235; Devan Lawrence, 79-78-78—235; Mike Wilson, 76-81-78—235. SEVENTH FLIGHT: Matt McInnis, 81-78-72—231; Austin Johnson, 83-77-76—236; Dan Cook, 76-83-79—238; Preston Johnson, 81-78-79—238; Stewart Garrett, 79-80-79—238. EIGHTH FLIGHT: Michael Montgomery, 85-79-73—237; Doug Williams, 81-83-76—240; Paul Bergamini, 85-77-78—240; Dick Greene, 84-79-78—241; Hugh Davis, 78-85-79—242. NINTH FLIGHT: Tony Morelli, 81-84-76—241; Bobby Kelch, 86-81-76—243; Ellis Greene, 82-83-78—243; Richard Moore, 88-78-78—244; Brian Warden, 80-88-79—247; Micah Cunningham, 85-82-80—247. 10TH FLIGHT: Andrew Brenner, 87-83-77—247; Duane Bausman, 88-83-76—247; Scott Koth, 83-87-79—249; Joey Chapa, 90-82-80—252; Byron Miller, 83-90-80—253; David Shaw, 87-84-82—253; Denny Sherrill, 89-80-84—253. 11TH FLIGHT: Rick Parish, 82-92-80—254; Chad Smith, 90-86-80—256; David Pickhardt, 89-88-82—259; Joseph Bolchoz, 93-82-89—264; Brian Powers 85-91-89—265. 12TH FLIGHT: Dennis Harris, 92-94-87—273; Anthony Lawler, 96-93-87—276; Kim Magraw, 89-97-91—277; Winfield Sapp, 93-95-91—279; Mark Shuford, 96-95-91—282.
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