SEABROOK ISLAND - Heading into Sunday's final of the South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship, Bradley Kauffman said pars would be a valuable commodity at Seabrook Island Club's Ocean Winds course.
And pars were the answer for Kauffman, who trounced Brian Langley of Bluffton, 7 and 5, in the Carolinas Golf Association tournament. Of the seven holes Kauffman won, five were the result of pars.
"It was fairways and greens and two-putts, let (Langley) make the mistakes. I wasn't trying to make birdies," said Kauffman, who did make three birdies.
Kauffman won the fourth hole with a par to take a lead he would never relinquish. He put the match out of reach with a run that began at the seventh hole, winning five straight holes. Three of those wins were made with pars, one with a bogey and one with a birdie to Langley's double bogey on the par-5 11th. Kauffman ended the match with a birdie on the 13th.
"I just kept trying to make pars. I was putting well. I was just trying to get it within a 2-foot circle of the hole," Kauffman said.
Winning easily was routine for Kauffman during the tournament. The only two times he played the 18th hole were during stroke play qualifying. None of his five matches reached No. 18, and three ended at 15, 14 and 13.
"I kind of ran out of steam and I couldn't pull myself out of it," said Langley, a recent USC Beaufort graduate. Langley, the qualifying medalist, had to go at least 17 holes in every match prior to Sunday, including one that went 19 holes. He also had to play an extra hole to win the qualifying medal.
"I couldn't make any putts and took myself out of it. It kinda spiraled downhill and I couldn't get out of it," Langley said. "Brad won it. He's a great player."