The 2016 Carolinas Amateur Championship was a golf tournament Christian Sease won’t forget.
The former Wando High School and current Winthrop University golfer survived a six-hour weather delay and a grueling four-hole playoff that ended in near darkness Sunday at the Country Club of Charleston, defeating Clemson’s Carson Young after the two tied at 8-under-par 272.
On Saturday Sease vaulted into the lead with a 7-under-par 63 that included a hole-in-one on the club’s historic par-3 11th hole. Sunday he shot even-par 70 (the course’s fifth hole was played as a 499-yard par-4 during the tournament) and made a clutch par on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff after Young, the 2012 Carolinas Amateur winner, bogeyed to shoot 68.
In the playoff Sease and Young played 1, 18, 1 and 18 again with Sease finally winning with a bogey to Young’s double bogey. On the final playoff hole, both players pulled their approaches left of the green with Sease’s ball stopping on the grassy downslope of a greenside bunker and Young’s ball landing in the bunker.
Sease executed a difficult shot that landed on the green and rolled about 15 feet past. Young’s bunker shot landed hot and rolled off the back edge of the green. He charged his par try and missed the comeback while Sease was able to two-putt for the win.
“It’s always a dream to play on your home course and compete for a title,” said Sease, who was happy to note that he and his girlfriend now both a Carolinas Golf Association champions. Ashley Sloup of Sourthport, N.C., a member of the Winthrop women’s golf team, won the Carolinas Women’s Amateur in May.
“One of the CGA guys handed me his phone as I was walking off the green (after the playoff ended). She was calling to congratulate me and tell me how proud she was of me,” Sease said.
It was a hard-fought battle down the final nine holes of regulation with Young moving in front by a shot with a birdie on the par-4 13th, Sease tying for the lead with a birdie on the par-5 15th, Young regaining the lead when Sease bogeyed the par-4 16th and Sease advancing into the playoff when Young bogeyed the 18th after his tee shot left him with an awkward approach.
“It was an exhausting day. I’m glad it’s over,” said Sease, who started his round at 9:40 a.m., played five holes and then had to endure a six-hour weather delay. “I tried to stay in the moment and I got some putts to fall today.”
The win earned him a 10-year exemption into all Carolinas Golf Association events for which he is eligible.
*-Christian Sease, Mount Pleasant 70-69-63-70—272
Carson Young, Pendleton 73-67-64-68—272
Austin Zoller, Summerville 69-67-67-71—274
Doc Redman, Raleigh 72-71-67-66—276
Matt Carter, Easley 70-71-74-63—278
Tim Conover, Holly Springs, N.C. 70-68-72-68—278
Justin Tereshko, Jamestown, N.C. 68-70-72-68—278
Scott Harvey, Kernersville, N.C. 66-75-68-69—278
R.J. Keur, Summerville 70-68-66-74—278
Preston Cole, Greer 72-67-72-69—280
Bryce Howell, Blythewood 70-72-69-69—280
Hunter Watkins, Lexington 69-69-72-70—280
Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C. 73-70-69-69—281
Josh Branyon, Honea Path 70-70-69-72—281
Stephen Franken, Raleigh 70-70-68-73—281
Reilly Erhardt, Greensboro 69-70-72-71—282
Eric Mitchell, Winston-Salem, N.C. 75-69-70-69—283
Andrew Ward, Indian Trail, N.C. 74-70-69-70—283
Kevin O’Connell, Raleigh 73-67-72-71—283
Chandler Mulkey, Johns Island 69-71-72-71—283
Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C. 73-70-73-68—284
Patrick Schweitz, Clayton, N.C. 72-71-73-68—284
David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C. 71-73-71-69—284
Keegan Hoff, Charlotte 72-70-73-69—284
Chad Cox, Charlotte 72-70-72-70—284
William Rainey, Charleston 71-71-71-71—284
Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C. 69-72-72-71—284
Eric Edwards, Salisbury, N.C. 72-67-74-71—284
Chris Jones, Charlotte 74-68-68-74—284
John Pitt, Raleigh 71-68-71-74—284
Michael Sanders, Davidson, N.C. 74-69-73-69—285
Victor Wiggins, Gastonia, N.C. 74-60-69-72—285
Logan Harrell, Huntersville, N.C. 72-68-72-73—285
David Donovan, Hampstead, N.C. 72-73-74-67—286
David Gies II, Charlotte 75-68-71-72—286
Zachary Herold, Lexington 73-68-72-73—286
Blake McShea, Zebulon, N.C. 69-74-73-71—287
Philip Oweida, Charlotte 71-72-72-72—287
Jamie Wilson, Mount Pleasant 71-71-71-74—287
Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks, N.C. 74-71-73-70—288
Bailey Patrick, Charlotte 71-70-76-71—288
Ford Blanchard Jr., Orangeburg 69-75-75-70—289
Riley Schank, Bluffton 70-71-76-72—289
James Lightsey Jr., Fort Mill 72-73-72-72—289
Blake Taylor, Atkinson, N.C. 74-69-73-73—289
Chandler White, Clemmons, N.C. 69-70-76-74—289
Parks Price, Calabash, N.C. 73-71-70-75—289
Kenan Poole II, Raleigh 72-72-74-72—290
Jordan Warnock, Roebuck 73-72-73-72—290
Christian Salzer, Sumter 71-69-77-73—290
Sawyer Mills, Easley 75-69-71-75—290
Josh Nichols, Kernersville, N.C. 75-68-75-73—291
Parker Dudley, Charleston 71-74-73-74—292
Regan Erhardt, Greensboro 72-72-77-72—293
Zachary Bishop, Travelers Rest 75-69-77-74—295
Treg Hallman, Mount Pleasant 72-70-79-74—295
Yancey Johnson, Simpsonville 70-74-72-79—295
Blake Maull, Charleston 70-73-79-76—298
Adam Langford, Murrells Inlet 71-70-73—WD
Steve Brame, Henderson, N.C. 70-70-76—WD
Brian Westveer, Charlotte 70-75-75—WD
*-Won with bogey on fourth playoff hole