Mount Pleasant’s Sease survives 4-hole playoff to win Carolinas Amateur

Carolinas Amateur champion Christian Sease with his trophy and the event's permanent trophy. Tommy Braswell Photo.

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