Kiawah’s Ocean Course plays host to top amateur golfers in Carolinas

Jamie Wilson of Mount Pleasant is the youngest golfer in this week’s Carolinas Amateur.

Jamie Wilson of Mount Pleasant knows there’s one certainty about the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Carolinas Amateur

What: 99th Amateur Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association

When/Where: Today-Sunday/Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Field: 147 players with a cut to low 60 and ties after 36 holes

“It can get windy. That’s the main thing,” said Wilson, who at age 15 will be the youngest contestant in the 99th Amateur Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association.

A field of 147 golfers is participating in the tournament that continues through Sunday. Tee times begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 2:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with the field cut to the low 60 scores and ties for the final two rounds.

Carson Young of Pendleton, a Clemson golf signee, won last year’s Carolinas Amateur played at Charlotte Country Club. He edged 2011 winner Scott Harvey of Greensboro, N.C.

Wilson, the son of Hobb and Ginny Wilson, won’t be the youngest ever to participate in the tournament, which is open to amateurs at least 13 who are residents of North or South Carolina. Tournament director Andy Priest said he knows of golfers who have qualified at age 14.

Wilson earned a spot in the final Carolinas Amateur qualifying event held Monday at Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Course, shooting 73. The rising sophomore at Bishop England has been having an outstanding summer. He finished second in the South Carolina Junior and tied for 13th at the Rice Planters Amateur on his home course, Snee Farm Country Club.

“I had no idea what it was going to take (to qualify),” Wilson said. “There were eight spots for 47 people. My thought was put together a good round, and it was good enough.”

Wilson, who works with instructor Danny Stewart at the Country Club of Charleston, said his goal is to have a good time in the Carolinas Amateur.

Prior to Wednesday’s practice round, his only Ocean Course experience was at age 12 when he shot 79 while playing with his father and two of his father’s friends.

“It’s such a great course. It’s awesome out there. It’s a fun competition. I’m just trying to make the cut, not do anything special,” Wilson said.

“Being the youngest guy, you can’t really expect too much. I just have to go out there, play my game and have a good time.”

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