Parker Dudley from Charleston and The Golf Club at Briars Creek advanced through two rounds of stroke play qualifying and then three rounds of match play before falling in the Semifinal of the 44th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship.
Dudley was one of the last four golfers playing in this year’s championship held at Bear Creek Golf Club on Hilton Head Island (S.C.course rating 74.2/139, par 36-36—72, 6,804 yards).
Austin Zoller of Summerville nearly made it as far. He reached the quarterfinal round where he came up short against Dudley, losing 3 and 2.
Zoller took a one-up lead to the 10th tee, but Dudley quickly evened the match by winning the 10th and moved ahead as he did not lose a hole on the back nine.
Dudley entered match play as a 14 seed following the stroke play qualifying, which he finished at 75-75–150.. Zoller was an 11 seed after shooting 80-70–150 (+6) in the stroke play qualifying.
The championship was won this year by Connor Bruns of Duncan, 4 and 2 over Johnson Holliday of Aynor. Bruns, a rising sophomore at Furman University, entered match play as a 12 seed. He held off Holliday, a 10 seed, with birdies on the 4th, 8th and 9th holes and finished the front nine three-up.
“Making birdies is not something that comes easy out here. I don’t expect it on every hole but I kept hitting one shot at a time hoping to get good looks on the green,” Bruns said.
44th South Carolina Amateur
Match Play Championship
Bear Creek Golf Club, Hilton Head
Stroke Play results (qualifiers for match play)
1 Riley Schank, Bluffton 70-74—144
2 Bryce Howell, Blythewood 69-75—144
3 Ryan Carpenter, Aiken 71-75–146
T10 Austin Zoller 80-70—150 (+6)
T10 Parker Dudley 75-75—150
T19 Jamie Phillips 80-73—153
T23 Ben Quinque Mt. Pleasant 83-71—154 lost 1 up in round of 32
T27 Kyle Weiland Charleston 79-76—155 lost 6 and 4 in round of 32
Match play round of 32
Jamie Phillips, Mt. Pleasant (20) def. Charles Dallery, Sumter (13) 1 up
Parker Dudley, Charleston (14) def Taylor Ingle, Winnsboro (19) 5 and 3
Austin Zoller, Summerville (11) def. Henry Augenstein, Columbia (22) 5 and 4
Round of 16
Parker Dudley def R. Carpenter, Aiken 3 and 2
Austin Zoller def Logan Sowell, Kershaw 3 and 1
Parker Dudley, Charleston (14) def. Austin Zoller, Summerville (11) 3 and 2
Johnson Holliday, Aynor (10) def. Parker Dudley, Charleston (14) 2 up
Connor Bruns, Duncan (12) def. Johnson Holliday, Aynor (10) 4 and 2