Andrew Novak of Mount Pleasant capped an outstanding summer Sunday when he was declared the winner of the South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship.

Novak was the leader after each of the first three rounds and won the title when heavy overnight rains made The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island unplayable for Sunday's scheduled final round.

Novak, a former Academic Magnet standout who is a rising sophomore at Wofford, finished the tournament at 207. He opened the tournament with a 65, shot 72 in the second round and then had a 70 on Saturday for a two-stroke win over Jonathan Hardee of Greer. Hardee will be a freshman this fall at the University of Alabama.

Charleston Southern golf Ross Thomson of Daniel Island and Caleb Sturgeon of Laurens tied for third at 210. Rhyne Jones of Johns Island tied for 10th at 215.

"It feels good to win," Novak said after the victory. "It's a big accomplishment to win the State Amateur."

Earlier this summer Novak finished second in the Rice Planters Amateur and was a quarter-finalist in the South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship. He is a former Beth Daniel Junior Azalea winner and a two-time All-Lowcountry selection.


Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant 65-72-70-207

Jonathan Hardee, Greer 73-71-65-209

Caleb Sturgeon, Laurens 71-70-69-210

Ross Thomson, Daniel Island 70-73-67-210

J.D. Hoft, Bluffton 72-70-69-211

Ben Fogler, Elgin 69-73-69-211

Will Miles, Hilton Head 73-68-71-212

Jon Weiss, Florence 82-68-63-213

Ryan Carpenter, Aiken 69-72-72-213

Rhyne Jones, Johns Island 77-68-70-215

Andrew Ward, York 74-71-70-215

Brannan Hudson, Columbia 73-72-71-215