KIAWAH ISLAND — Carter Jenkins got exactly what he wanted for his 18th birthday — the beautiful silver trophy that is awarded each year to the Carolinas Amateur golf champion.
Exhibiting a ton of patience on a windy Sunday that was prefaced by a lengthy rain delay, Jenkins erased a three-shot deficit going into the final round with a 1-under-par 71 and won the 99th Carolinas Golf Association Amateur Championship played at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course.
The soon-to-be UNC Greensboro freshman from Raleigh squeaked past Clemson rising sophomore Miller Capps of Denver, N.C., by one shot, finishing the 72-hole tournament at even-par 288. Capps also tallied a final-round 71 for a 289 total. Daniel Claytor of Charlotte was also in the mix but unable to catch Jenkins, closing with a final-round 74 for a 292 total.
Third-round leader Jarrett Swan of Mount Pleasant was unable to overcome a horrid start and dropped to a tie for 10th at 81—295. Swan had two bogeys and two double bogeys over the first four holes.
Play was originally scheduled to start at 8 a.m. with the leaders slated to tee off at 9:40 a.m. But heavy wind and rain forced the starting times to be pushed back four times. Eventually, there was a clear weather window and tournament officials sent the players off in an 11 a.m. shotgun start.
“I don’t really know how it feels. It’s awesome to win an event that has the level of golfers we have in North and South Carolina, especially on this golf course. It’s over-the-top amazing,” said Jenkins, who won his fourth Carolinas Golf Association championship and the second CGA title on his birthday. He won another CGA event on his 13th birthday.
Jenkins said he had never faced such a tough course, especially with 30 mph winds and the same pin positions that were used in last August’s PGA Championship at the Ocean Course.
“My dad (his caddy) and I talked about the locations on the course and wondered why they were all tucked away so tightly,” he said. “Now we know why. That was really cool.”
Jenkins made only two bogeys while recording three birdies, but the second bogey made things a little tighter than he would have liked. Fortunately, he had a two-shot cushion over Capps coming to the 18th hole. He missed the green right with his approach and his chip shot ran over the green, but he managed to get down in two for the win.
“The fact that this win occurred at the Ocean Course with all its history, the Ryder Cup, the PGA last year, made it even more special,” Jenkins said. “I woke up a nervous wreck and ate very little breakfast. I was three back and knew I needed a solid round.”
Carter Jenkins, Raleigh 74-72-71-71—288
Miller Capps, Denver, N.C. 77-71-70-71—289
Daniel Claytor, Rocky Mount, N.C. 74-74-70-74—292
Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. 77-69-74-73—293
Trace Crowe, Easley 70-78-70-75—293
James Poston, Hickory, N.C. 76-73-71-73—293
Taylor Dickson, Gastonia, N.C. 75-67-77-75—294
Eric Brady, Cary, N.C. 74-70-76-74—294
Dalton Ward, Sumter 72-75-71-76—294
Brian Westveer, Charlotte 76-71-73-75—295
Adam Goins, Gaffney 76-74-70-75—295
Jarrett Swan, Mount Pleasant 72-71-71-81—295
Carson Young, Pendleton 78-73-75-70—296
Zach Seabolt, Raleigh 70-71-80-76—297
Robert Godfrey, Anderson 80-73-73-71—297
Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C. 77-74-75-72—298
Jonathan Jackson, Chapel Hill, N.C. 79-72-73-74—298
Caleb Sturgeon, Laurens 74-74-71-79—298
Todd Eckstein, Durham, N.C. 77-69-74-78—298
Roy Dixon III, Salisbury, N.C. 71-77-77-73—298
John Eades, Charlotte 78-71-76-74—299
William Gordon, Davidson, N.C. 76-73-71-79—299
Paul Tucker, Waxhaw, N.C. 75-73-76-75—299
Steve Agazzi, Charleston 73-73-74-79—299
Rob Simmons, Beaufort 80-73-72-76—301
Ryan Eibner, Greenville, NC 74-77-72-78—301
Cyrus Stewart, Raleigh 75-72-83-71—301
Robert Register, Burlington, N.C. 79-72-71-79—301
Brent Landry, Charlotte 79-75-73-74—301
Thomas Walsh, High Point, N.C.80-73-74-75—302
David Germann, Clayton, N.C. 77-77-74-74—302
John Schaffer, Sumter 77-74-75-76—302
Luke Haithcock, Burlington, N.C. 71-73-82-76—302
Lee Mitchell, Conover, N.C. 77-73-73-79—302
Spencer Lawson, Davidson, N.C. 77-76-71-79—303
Ron Kirkpatrick, Charlotte 81-70-76-76—303
Sam Jackson, Pelion 76-77-70-80—303
Scott Lincicome, Pinehurst, N.C. 76-77-73-78—304
Steve Harwell, Mooresville, N.C. 79-73-80-72—304
Carter Davis, Spartanburg 77-76-76-75—304
Ryan Gioffre, Greensboro, N.C. 77-74-76-77—304
Bailey Patrick Jr., Charlotte 81-75-73-76—305
Taylor White, Duncan 77-75-74-79—305
Andy Simmons, Charlotte 79-74-74-79—306
Tanner Owen, High Point, N.C. 78-75-76-78—307
Jack Radley, Sanford, N.C. 78-78-72-79—307
Uly Grisette, Winston-Salem, N.C. 77-79-75-77—308
Kyle Bearden, Barnwell 79-74-78-77—308
Richard Fountain, Raleigh 81-74-75-78—308
Mark McMillen Jr., Smithfield, N.C. 78-77-76-77—308
Keegan Hoff, Charlotte 79-74-76-80—309
Timothy Driver, Holly Springs, N.C. 80-74-78-78—310
Gerald Harrington, Nakina, N.C. 80-76-75-79—310
Alan King, Columbia 77-78-81-80—316
Ben O’Geary, Henderson, N.C. 75-81-84-79—319
Preston Cole, Greer 79-77-85-78—319
Sam Goodnight, Lincolnton, N.C. 75-78-80-86—319
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