MOUNT PLEASANT -- Austin Cody didn't feel any pressure playing in front of the home crowd during Saturday's final round of the Rice Planters Amateur golf tournament at Snee Farm Country Club.
The former Pinewood Prep star, who just completed his freshman season at Duke, made four birdies on the back nine and shot a final-round 67 to earn a one-shot victory. Cody tied the tournament record with a 72-hole total of 18-under-par 270.
Former UNC Greensboro golfer Ryan Heisey missed the course record by one shot with a final-round 63, and Rafael Becker of Wichita State closed with a 66 to finish at 271. University of Florida golfer Michael Furci finished fourth at 67--274.
"It was nice everybody came out to support me," Cody said. "People say there's a lot of pressure playing at home, but I didn't feel any pressure. I played like I had nothing to lose and see what happens."
While there were leaderboards following the final two groups, Heisey posted his 9-under-par round in relative anonymity, three groups behind the leaders. He shot 32 on the front nine with a bogey and made four birdies, an eagle and one bogey on the back nine to pull himself in contention should Cody or Becker falter.
Cody knew he trailed Becker by one shot going to the back nine after Becker made four birdies for a 32 to Cody's 35. But Cody birdied 10 and 11 to regain the lead and held it coming in, adding birdies at 14 and 16.
Becker, trailing by two shots, hit it tight on the final hole and made birdie to close within a shot, but Cody made a solid two-putt to secure the win.
Cody made only two bogeys the entire tournament, and played the final 50 holes without a bogey.
"It's a great feeling. It hasn't sunk in yet," said Cody, who will play in the Dogwood Amateur in Atlanta next week. "This is a huge win for me. I'm honored to win this tournament."