Jarrett Swan said he is familiar with Seabrook Island Club's Ocean Winds course so he's looking forward to the 42nd South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship that begins Wednesday with the first round of qualifying.
S.C. Match Play Championship
Where: Seabrook Island Club Ocean Winds
What: A field of 66 amateurs play compete for 32 match play spots Wednesday and Thursday with championship Sunday beginning at 8 a.m.
Swan, a rising Charleston Southern senior, is going into the tournament on a roll, having won his second straight Charleston City Amateur title Sunday. He also has contended on a bigger stage, leading the Carolinas Amateur after three rounds last summer at the Ocean Course.
"I'm excited about playing. I'm feeling good about it," Swan said.
The field for this week's Carolinas Golf Association tournament is smaller than normal, 66 versus the 110 that played in last year's S.C. Match Play Championship held at Musgrove Mill in Clinton.
"We moved the tournament up a week because of the U.S. Open," said tournament director Rusty Harder, whose organization will be heavily involved in the men's and women's U.S. Opens that will be played beginning next week at Pinehurst No. 2, only a few miles away from CGA headquarters.
Harder said that the field also could have been affected by a conflict with the Palmetto Amateur in Aiken.
A year ago Adam Goins of Gaffney defeated Austin Cody of North Charleston in the championship, but neither is playing this week. Matt Laydon of Charleston, who beat Jon Weiss of Florence in 19 holes, won the 2012 S.C. Match Play title and will be one of the favorites again this week.
Stroke play qualifying rounds to determine the 32 match play participants will be held Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 8 a.m. Match play begins Friday, with the quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday and the 18-hole championship match Sunday at 8 a.m.