Antcliff wins Rice Planters in six-hole playoff

Maverick Antcliff lines up a putt during the 2013 Rice Planters Amateur Saturday at Snee Farm Country Club.

Paul Zoeller

MOUNT PLEASANT – It took Maverick Antcliff 89 strokes Saturday to capture the 2013 Rice Planters Amateur at Snee Farm Country Club – a 6-under-par 66 in regulation, then a birdie-3 on the sixth hole of sudden death, to beat 2011 Rice Planters winner Austin Cody.

Antcliff and Cody, who had a bogey-free final-round 67, tied at 12-under-par 204 to set up the longest playoff in Rice Planters history. They then went back to the tee on the 414-yard 18th hole and matched pars five times before Antcliff rammed in an eight-foot birdie putt to end the playoff.

“I’ve been in a couple of playoffs, but nothing that long,” said Antcliff, an Australian who recently completed his freshman season at Augusta State. “I knew it eventually would end, but I didn’t think it would take that long.

“I got off to a solid start and kept the momentum going to the back nine. I thought 10 or 11 (under par) would win the tournament. When I got to 12, I thought I was pretty safe. But (Cody) birdied the 17th.”

Antcliff, playing in the group ahead of Cody, made four birdies and one bogey on the front nine and thanks to three more birdies, including both back-nine par-5s, reached 12 under for the tournament.

Cody didn’t make a single bogey Saturday. After a front-nine 35, he birdied 10, 12, 14 and finally caught Antcliff with a long iron to two feet for birdie on the long par-3 17th. But he was unable to birdie 18 and avoid the playoff.

Antcliff almost ended the playoff on the first extra hole with his 25-foot birdie try lipping out. Antcliff and Cody made routine pars until their sixth time when both players hit their approaches inside 10 feet. Cody’s birdie try just missed, and Antcliff took advantage.

“No bogeys in 24 holes. You can’t ask for more than that,” Cody said. “I’m disappointed, but it was a good tournament.”

South Africa’s Scott Vincent, who plays for Virginia Tech, finished third at 205, just one shot out of the playoff. And South Florida’s Chase Koepka, whose brother Brooks Koepka won the 2009 Rice Planters, made a spirited run and got to 10-under 206 with a final-round 65.


*-Maverick Antcliff 68-70-66—204

Austin Cody 71-66-67—204

Scott Vincent 71-67-67—205

Chase Koepka 69-72-65—206

Brian Carter 69-70-69—208

Ryan Eibner 73-68-68—209

Bryce Chalkey 69-72-68—209

Zach Munroe 69-70-70—209

Miller Capps 71-69-69—209

Trevor Cone 71-67-71—209

Rhyne Jones 72-71-68—211

Johnson Holliday 71-69-71—211

Blake Kennedy 70-71-70—211

Josh O’Neal 74-69-69—212

Jamie Wilson 73-72-67—212

Turner Gordon 70-73-69—212

Jarrett Swan 72-69-71—212

Bodi Karsono 72-71-69—212

Michael Cromie 74-70-69—213

Thomas Bradshaw 72-73-68—213

Justin Young 70-73-70—213

Jon Weiss 72-68-73—213

Quinn Vilneff 69-75-70—214

Amanjyot Singh 69-75-70—214

Zachary Edmondson 73-73-68—214

Ross Thomson 75-70-69—214

Will Murphy 71-74-69—214

Brent McKenzie 71-71-73—215

Alex Ellis 73-73-69—215

Stephen Behr Jr. 70-78-68—216

Wilson Day 74-73-69—216

John Assey 78-69-69—216

Drew Johnson 72-71-73—216

Ryan Mondy 74-69-73—216

John Voestsch 69-72-75—216

Jeremy Grab 75-70-71—216

Mookie DeMoss 74-73-70—217

Scottie Verplank 72-74-71—217

William Rainey 72-74-71—217

Daniel Yustin 72-70-75—217

Andrew Novak 74-73-71—218

Austin Parks 69-73-76—218

Carter Page 69-79-71—219

Brad Thorne 79-68-72—219

Cyrus Stewart 73-75-72—220

Will Pieper 74-73-73—220

Chipper Hughes 75-71-75—221

Staton Pruitt 72-75-74—221

Trey Smith 73-75-73—221

Michael Assey 70-75-77—222

Tyler Wingo 73-75-77—225

Hayden Garrett 74-71-80—225

Clement Kurniawan 75-73-77—225

Ben Montgomery 73-74-79—226

*-won on sixth hole of sudden death