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College of Charleston’s William Rainey wins Rice Planters in playoff

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Maybe now College of Charleston junior William Rainey will be known for something besides a trick shot that gathered more than 4 million views on his Vine account. Rainey used a golf club to hit a football through a basketball goal from about 30 yards. Nothing but net.

Saturday, Rainey was just as solid, hitting the shot he needed most in a playoff to beat Clemson’s Austin Langdale and win the 43rd Rice Planters Amateur at Snee Farm Country Club.

Rainey hit his approach shot on the playoff hole, No. 18 at Snee Farm, to four feet. Langdale had hit his approach shot long, then ran his birdie try well past the hole, giving Rainey the luxury of two-putting if needed. But Rainey drained the putt for the win.

The two entered the final round tied for the lead and both posted 70s for a 270 total, 18 under par for the tournament and four shots clear of third-place finishers Hayden Wood, Will Long and Bryson Nimmer.

“I was nervous. I just tried to stick to my game plan. I knew I hit it pretty close,” Rainey said. “(Winning) means a lot. This is one tournament I look forward to every year.”

Rainey said he had been in one other playoff, losing the 2014 Carolinas Amateur on the second extra hole to Carter Jenkins.

“I was thinking go out and shoot 68 and if I get beat I get beat. But have fun,” Rainey said.

Neither Rainey nor Langdale were able to get any momentum going until the final few holes. Langdale had one birdie on the front nine, while Rainey made two birdies and a bogey.

Langdale took a one-stroke advantage with a birdie on 13, but gave it back with a bogey on 15. Both players birdied the par-5 16th. Rainey grabbed the lead with a two-putt par on 17 after Langdale was unable to get up and down and save par.

Knowing he needed to make a birdie on 18 in regulation to force a playoff, Langdale did just that with a booming drive and an approach inside four feet. But another birdie was not to be, and Rainey was able to hoist the winner’s trophy.


*-William Rainey 65-66-69-70—270

Austin Langdale 68-65-67-70—270

Hayden Wood 67-69-71-67—274

Will Long 75-72-67-70—274

Bryson Nimmer 70-65-71-68—274

R.J. Keur 65-68-72-71—276

Andrew Novak 68-70-75-73—276

Jake McBride 68-67-73-69—277

David Mackey 72-63-73-70—278

Jake Marriott 68-68-70-72—278

Will Grimmer 66-72-69-71—278

Parks Brown 72-72-69-66—279

Austin James 71-72-69-67—279

Jack Williams 71-68-69-71—279

Keenan Huskey 70-70-67-72—279

Ryan Cole 72-69-67-72—280

Cameron MacKay 65-70-75-71—281

Sebastian Smith 70-69-71-71—281

Tommy Schofield 70-75-69-68—282

Christian Salzer 73-67-73-69—282

Nate Yankovich 71-68-71-72—282

Maverick Antcliff 68-71-69-74—282

Evan Grenus 73-65-75-70—283

Carson Young 72-69-70-72—283

Travis Williamson 74-64-71-74—283

Alastair Tidcombe 74-71-70-69—284

Matthew Lisk 70-70-72-72—284

Taylor Davis 76-71-68-70—285

Andy Chu 74-69-72-71—286

Josh Lorenzetti 71-72-70-73—286

Hale Furey 69-68-76-73—286

Johnny Decker 69-70-74-73—286

Eddie Wajda III 70-71-71-74—286

Michael Monroe 71-71-70-74—286

Harrison Shih 70-66-77-74—287

Scott Verplank 77-66-70-74—287

Christopher DeMarco 75-66-69-77—287

Will Betts 70-74-71-73—288

Will Miles 71-72-71-74—288

Nick Tremps 77-73-69-70—289

Trace Crowe 72-77-69-71—289

Ben Dietrich 75-68-74-72—289

Will Voetsch 75-70-71-73—289

Joe Lewis 74-68-71-76—289

Matthew Mahle 73-74-72-72—291

Noah Edmondson 74-76-69-74—293

Ethan Willis 74-69-75-75—293

Jackson Moore 75-72-71-75—293

Ridge Purcell 70-74-73-76—293

Meechai Padungsiriseth 77-69-73-75—294

Al Dickens IV 72-74-73-76—295

Jarrett Swan 75-71-73-76—295

Christian Sease 77-71-71-77—296

Austin Morrison 73-72-74-78—297

Zachary Bishop 78-68-73-80—299

Ryan Stachler 73-75-71-80—299

Rohan Ramnath 75-70-71-WD

*-won on first playoff hole

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