City Amateur golf opens Friday

Matt Wood hits out of the sand during the final round of the 2014 Charleston City Amateur golf tournament at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course. Wood tied for second with Patrick Mallard. Grace Beahm/Staff/File

The Charleston City Amateur golf tournament opens Friday without Jarrett Swan, who has won the tournament the last two years. But Swan has a good reason for missing this year’s event. He and his Charleston Southern teammates are competing in the NCAA golf regional in Lubbock, Texas.

Last year’s tournament was shortened to 45 holes because of weather, with Swan having to play 27 holes on the final day. He finished with a 5-under-par total of 175, two strokes better than Patrick Mallard and Matt Wood, who both are competing in this year’s tournament.

Daily tee times at Charleston Municipal Golf Course begin at 8 a.m. with the final groups starting at 2 p.m. for the 54-hole tournament that continues through Sunday.

Todd Hendley didn’t have much to worry about during Thursday’s final round of the 57th South Carolina Golf Association Senior Championship at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw.

The Greer resident, who started the day with an 8-shot lead, cruised to a comfortable even-par 72 in windy conditions and finished the 54-hole tournament at 11-under-par 205. His closest challenge came from good friend Duff Wagner of Taylors, who despite the 20- to 25-mph winds managed to shoot the only under-par score in the final round, a 68 that included a bogey on the finishing hole. Wagner finished at 211, 6 shots behind Hendley.

A field of 121 amateurs age 55 and older competed in the event with 60 advancing to Thursday’s final round.

Frank Ford of Charleston, the 2011 champion, finished third at 214, while 2008 champion Mike Weiner of Kiawah Island was fourth at 218. Bulls Bay member and 2009 champion Bill Smunk took fifth at 220.

Hendley, 56, added to an already impressive resume. He won the 2012 South Carolina Mid-Amateur, qualified for the 2013 U.S. Senior Open and made it to the Round of 16 in the 2014 U.S. Senior Amateur.

“It was tough today, but it was fun. I felt I could hit the shots I needed to hit,” said Hendley, the uncle of PGA Tour golfer Lucas Glover.

His round included bogeys at 9, 14 and 15 and birdies at 8, 13 and 16, the latter a two-putt birdie on the par-4 hole.

Wagner said he wasn’t expecting to catch Hendley but simply hoping to finish second.

“It’s a round I’ll remember the rest of my life,” Wagner said. “It’s one of the toughest rounds I’ve ever played.”

Wagner had an eagle and three birdies to get to 5-under through 16 holes but bogeyed 18.

Sean McAvoy of Johns Island had a memorable 28th-place finish in the Senior Championship, making a hole-in-one on No. 17 during Wednesday’s second round of the tournament and then making another ace at No. 12 on Thursday. McAvoy shot 79-73-78—230. He wasn’t the only player to ace No. 17. Bob Kinsey of Murrells Inlet missed making the cut by one stroke but made an ace on Tuesday on No. 17.

RESULTS

Todd Hendley, Greer, 66-67-72—205; Duff Wagner, Taylors, 71-72-68—211; Frank Ford, Charleston, 71-70-73—214; Mike Weiner, Kiawah Island, 73-68-77—218; Bill Smunk, Kingstree, 73-72-75—220; Timothy Pope, Spartanburg, 76-73-73—222; Bernie Shealy, Columbia, 74-73-76—223; Matt Grandy, Greenville, 72-73-78—223; Jack Stone, North Charleston, 69-73-81—223; Mike Calkins, Columbia, 73-72-79—224; Frank Wrenn, Greenville, 75-69-81—225; John Laehn, Aiken, 74-75-76—225; Tim Teaster, Columbia, 75-73-78—226; Steve Pachol, Columbia, 75-76-75—226; Lee Irving, Bluffton, 72-72-82—226; Bob Edens, Columbia, 76-74-77—227; Andrew Congdon, Garden City, 79-74-74—227; John Smunk, Port Royal, 75-71-81—227; Mark Hoover, Mount Pleasant, 79-71-77—227; Bobby Hines, Greer, 78-75-75—228; Joe Vignati, Bluffton, 76-74-78—228; Jim Burgess, Murrells Inlet, 79-71-79—229; Bob Varn, Orangeburg, 74-74-81—229; Kevin Arnold, Hilton Head, 79-74-76—229; Drew Butler, Hilton Head, 77-73-79—229; Ben Whipple, Marietta, 73-76-80—229; John Long, Murrells Inlet, 76-69-84—229; Michael Wooles, Anderson, 74-74-82—230; Edward Galbavy, Seabrook Island, 78-72-80—230; Tommy Mooney, North Charleston, 73-73-84—230; Kyle Turner, Greenville, 76-76-78—230; Michael Bauer, Mount Pleasant, 81-71-78—230; Jim Skeele, Daniel Island, 80-71-79—230; Wayne Rogers, Easley, 81-73-77—231; Jim Wise, Columbia, 79-75-77—231; Tom Eberhard, Seabrook Island, 77-77-77—231; David Crocker, Bluffton, 81-70-80—231; Mike Mahoney, Greeleyville, 76-76-79—231; Randy Jones, Summerville, 74-75-82—231; Jim Eskew, Mount Pleasant, 80-74-78—232; Gus Sylvan, Columbia, 75-76-81—232; Richard Moore, Isle of Palms, 75-75-82—232; Joe Robinson, Rock Hill, 78-75-80—233; Frank Coffey, Mount Pleasant, 74-80-79—233; George Ackerman, Charleston, 75-74-85—234; Mo York, Mount Pleasant, 76-75-83—234; Norman Page, Woodruff, 77-75-82—234; Tommy Ford, Mount Pleasant, 74-74-86—234; Nick Avery, Goose Creek, 81-73-81—235; Rick Aldous, Lexington, 77-74-84—235; Charlie Hall, Hilton Head, 80-72-83—235; Jim Yonce, Hanahan, 73-77-85—235; Terry Willis, Taylors, 79-72-85—236; Jimmy Keith, Hilton Head, 79-74-83—236; Joe Padgette, North Charleston, 77-76-84—237; Jimmy Hamilton, Aiken, 78-75-86—239; Mike Burton, Taylors, 78-75-90—243; John Dennis, Greenville, 77-69-WD—WD; Mike Bright, Mount Pleasant, 72-74-NC-NC

College of Charleston’s Zach Munroe and John Jonas were named to the All-CAA First Team, as announced by the conference office on Thursday.

The postseason awards are voted on by the league’s head coaches. Munroe, who was the highest-ranked player in the Colonial consistently throughout the fall and spring seasons (Golfweek/Sagarin Men’s Collegiate Individual Rankings), currently boasts a 72.65 stroke average — the fifth-best single-season stroke average in school history. He led the Cougars to back-to-back CAA titles and NCAA Regional berths in just two seasons as members of the league.

The two-time U.S. Amateur qualifier and 2014 Division I PING All-Region Team selection turned in 10 under-par rounds this past season including a career-low 65 with no bogeys (tied for ninth) in a field comprised of seven Top-50-ranked teams.

Munroe capped off his senior campaign as individual runner-up at the 2015 CAA Championship and being honored on the CAA All-Tournament Team. He made six Top 15-or-better finishes in 11 tournaments played including five in the Top 10. Munroe also received CAA Men’s Golfer of the Week honors three times this season and currently leads the nation in eagles made (11).

Jonas, who was the individual medalist at the 2015 CAA Men’s Golf Championship, earned his second consecutive career first-team honor. He was previously the league’s golfer of the year selection in 2014. The Cougars won this year’s conference tournament title by a 20-stroke margin of victory.

Billy Kennerly fired a five-under-par 67 on Thursday, the second best round in the field of 75 golfers, to lead Clemson to a 284 team score and a tie for third place after the first round of the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional.

The top five teams in the 13-team field after Saturday’s third round will advance to the NCAA Championship in Bradenton, Fla., on May 29.

Charlotte, ranked 50th in the latest Golfstat ranking, was the surprise leader after the first round with a 13-under par team score of 275. Florida was second at seven-under-par 281. Clemson and top-ranked Florida State are tied for third at 284. Host school North Carolina is fifth at two-under-par 286. Kennesaw State stands one shot off the cutline at one-under-par 287. Stanford, the number-two seed in the tournament, is in seventh place at 290.

Charleston Southern played its final two holes 5-under par to climb to 10th following the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Golf Regional, played Thursday at The Rawls Golf Club in Lubbock, Texas.

The Buccaneers jumped two spots with five birdies on No. 17 and No. 18, the two closing par fives, shaking off a rough start to the back nine to finish with a total of 286 (+2).

CSU trails leader and No. 2 Texas by 13 strokes. The Longhorns played their opening round at 11-under par (273).

The Bucs are seven strokes off the qualifying pace. Cal and Purdue are both 5-under par and tied for the all-important fifth spot. Texas leads by one over Houston (-10), Duke (-8), Texas Tech (-6), Purdue and Cal. CSU trails Southeastern Louisiana (+1) by one, Louisville (-1) by three, and Auburn (-4) by six strokes.

Senior Jarrett Swan matched CSU’s lowest single round in NCAA Tournament play with a 2-under 69. He was 3-under through 13 holes, but bogeyed 14 and 16, bouncing back with a birdie on 17 to close. He had four birdies on the day and is tied for 13th.

The College of Charleston men’s golf team is currently in 12th (+23) at the NCAA Division I Yale Regional held at The Course at Yale.

The par-70 course played difficult with an average opening-round score of 73.63. Juniors John Jonas and Josh Lorenzetti were the Cougars’ lowest finishers of the day shooting 5-over par to tie for 46th on the individual leaderboard.

CofC, the automatic qualifier out of the Colonial Athletic Association, is among a field comprised of eight Golfstat.com Top 50-ranked teams.

The Cougars are 12 strokes out of eighth with two rounds remaining. The Top 5 teams after Saturday’s final round will advance to nationals.

USF holds a one-stroke lead for first (+1) followed by Ohio State (+2) in second, SDSU (+4) third, Vandy (+5) fourth, Oklahoma State (+6) fifth and Troy and NC State (+9) tied for sixth.

Top-seeded South Carolina is in sixth place at the NCAA Bremerton Regional after shooting an even-par 288 in the opening round on Thursday at Gold Mountain Golf Club’s Olympic Course in Bremerton, Wash.

The Gamecocks are eight strokes back of tournament leader UAB and just one stroke outside of the top five. The Blazers shot an 8-under 280 and hold a one-stroke lead over TCU (281) and Southern California (281). Regional host Washington and Iowa State are tied for fourth with a total of 287 (-1). The top five teams and low individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship.

Juniors Matt NeSmith and Sean Kelly led the way for Carolina as they both carded a 1-under 71 to finish the round in a tie for 14th. Both NeSmith and Kelly played the front nine bogey free, making the turn at 1-under 35 and 2-under 34, respectively. The Gamecock duo tallied three birdies and just two bogeys apiece for the round. NeSmith rolled in a short birdie putt on No. 18 to wrap up his round under par.