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Young Captures South Carolina Amateur

Young Captures South Carolina Amateur

Clemson, S.C.—Clemson senior golfer Carson Young fired a final round 70 on Sunday and won the South Carolina Amateur for the second time.  Young finished with a 72-hole total of 11-under-par 277 on the par 72 DeBordieu Club course in Georgetown, S.C.  The native of Pendleton also won the South Carolina Amateur at Woodcreek Farms in Columbia in 2013.

Young had rounds of 70-69-68-70 over the four days to win by three shots over Wofford’s Andrew Novak, who had also won the tournament previously.  Clemson sophomore Bryson Nimmer finished at 287, one-under-par, to finish in third place.

“The key for me was putting the ball in the fairway and making a couple of 15-20 foot putts each round,” said Young, who was a first-team All-ACC selection on the course and in the classroom this past year for the ACC Champion Tigers.    

The key for Young on Sunday was actually a pair of chip-ins for birdie on holes seven and 14.   Novak cut the lead to one shot with a birdie on the 11th hole, but Young’s chip in gave him a two-shot lead through 14.  Novak then bogeyed 18 while Young made par to make the final margin three shots.

Young has had an outstanding summer and is a combined 30-under-par for four tournaments.  He finished tied for first at the Carolinas Amateur last month before losing in a playoff, then finished fourth at the Palmetto Amateur.

Young is the fourth Clemson golfer to win the South Carolina Amateur more than once.  Lucas Glover won it three times in a row between 1998-00, while current Clemson Head Coach Larry Penley won it in 1987 and 1988, and D.J. Trahan won it in 2001 and 2002.  Overall, a Clemson golfer has won the title 16 times, including 10 times in the last 20 years.