Rice Planters Amateur 2018 Jonathan Brightwell

Jonathan Brightwell birdied the first hole of sudden death to win the 46th Rice Planters Amateur golf tournament at Snee Farm Country Club on Saturday.

There was a noticeable and understandable change in demeanor when Jonathan Brightwell walked off the 18th green at Snee Farm Country Club for the second time Saturday.

Brightwell managed to survive a stressful final round by birdieing the first hole of sudden death to defeat Garrett Wood and win the 46th annual Rice Planters Amateur golf tournament after the two tied at 13-under-par 275.

Wood, who trailed by three shots going into Saturday's final 18 holes, managed to chase down Brightwell with a closing 4-under-par 68 to Brightwell's 1-under 71 in what turned out to be a two-man race.

"It was stressful," said Brightwell, a rising junior at UNC Greensboro from Charlotte. "I didn't play well and Garrett played great. This is a wonderful feeling. There are a lot of good players on that trophy."

Wood caught up to Brightwell on the 10th hole, making birdies at 1, 4, 9 and 10, while Brightwell was making two birdies (5 and 8) and a bogey (6) over that same stretch.

A bogey on the par-3 11th dropped Wood back a stroke, but after matching pars and bogeys over the next two holes, Brightwell regained the lead with a birdie on the par-5 16th.

Brightwell struggled with his tee shot on the back nine, hitting it left on 14, 15, 16 and 18, with the latter proving costly. He was forced to lay up and bogeyed, making a 4-footer to send the tournament into sudden death.

But Brightwell managed to find the fairway on the playoff hole while Wood's tee shot veered sharply to the left. Wood hit a great recovery just to get the ball onto the green, but Brightwell's approach stopped to about 6 feet and he made the putt to win after Wood missed his birdie try.

"I played pretty great all week," Brightwell said, although he couldn't explain what happened with his tee shots coming down the stretch. "I usually cut the ball. But I made some great par putts today."

Wood, a rising sophomore at Xavier University, said the turning point was a couple of missed short putts on 11, where he made bogey, and 12, where he made par.

"I fought back," Wood said. "But there was nothing I could do. It's not bad to lose to a birdie."

Rice Planters Amateur

FINAL RESULTS

*Jonathan Brightwell 68-68-68-71—275

Garrett Wood 68-68-71-68—275

Nathan Barbieri 71-74-68-66—279

William Holcomb V 71-69-71-68—279

Jack Murdoch 71-72-68-69—280

Davis Lamb 69-70-70-71—280

Jake Milanowski 74-68-71-68—281

Gen Nagai 70-71-70-70—281

Zach Mclain 70-72-73-67—282

Geuntae Kim 77-69-69-70—285

Andrew Spiegler 72-72-70-71—285

Luis Ruiz 72-72-69-72—285

Qi Wen Wong 76-71-70-69—286

Matthew Finger 69-75-70-72—286

Charlie Nikitas 72-69-72-73—286

Andrew Richards 73-69-71-73—286

Austin Fulton 69-72-77-69—287

Chris Yeom 70-72-75-70—287

Laken Hinton 75-73-68-71—287

Ryan Marter 75-70-71-71—287

Jack Parrott 71-71-73-72—287

Connor Burgess 71-72-70-74—287

Kyle MacDonald 71-70-74-73—288

Justin Hood 70-70-75-73—288

Christian Salzer 69-73-70-76—288

McClure Thompson 71-71-70-76—288

Hunter Wolcott 74-73-70-72—289

Jamie Wilson 72-73-71-73—289

Alex Burris 73-72-71-73—289

Issei Tanabe 71-71-77-71—290

Kengo Aoshima 71-71-77-71—290

Evan Katz 73-74-72-71—290

Alex Weiss 71-79-68-72—290

Matt Shubley 75-72-73-72—292

Andrew Gibson 74-75-71-72—292

John Catanzaro 80-70-69-73—292

Jake Fox 73-76-69-74—292

John Lyras 73-69-76-74—292

Levi Moody 74-76-72-71—293

Ben Fernandez 73-73-74-73—293

Matt Lehman 73-76-71-73—293

Tripp French 70-74-73-76—293

Nathan Corchis 77-71-74-72—294

Stuart Fuller 75-73-74-72—294

Thomas Hogan 70-74-76-74—294

Johnson Holliday 74-74-72-74—294

Garrison Hogan 75-72-74-74—295

Taylor Schuster 75-75-72-74—296

Nick Costello 75-77-70-74—296

Pete Kuhl 75-74-72-75—296

Carey Bina 75-71-73-77—296

Christian Anderson 70-76-76-75—297

Juan Iturra 79-70-71-77—297

Jared Chinn 75-73-74-76—298

Christian Baliker 71-74-75-78—298

Ethan Willis 75-76-71-77—299

Andrew Sciarretta 75-72-74-78—299

Adam Walker 77-72-73-DQ

*won with birdie on first playoff hole