Williamson beats Wyatt at Southern Am
Peter Williamson
Peter Williamson
LITTLE ROCK, Ar (July 21, 2012) -– Ivy League star Peter Williamson ran in a 25-foot birdie on the third playoff hole to nudge world No. 1 ranked amateur Bobby Wyatt of Alabama for the 106th Southern Amateur Saturday at Chenasl CC’s Bearn Den Course.

The clutch putt conclude a drama-dripping final round in which Wyatt overcame a 4-shot deficit into the final nine and make a spectacular up-and-down out of heavy rough behind the 18th hole to force the playoff, both finishing 12-under-par 276. Their playing partner kissed a bunker shot off the pin for a would-be birdie on the 18th that would have made it a 3-way playoff.

Williamson was hot on the front to take that 4-stroke advantage, only to see Wyatt fire back with an eagle and two birdies on the next four holes to pull even. Wyatt three-putted for par after reaching the par-5 hole in two and that was the “momentum swing,” said Williamson, a recent Dartmouth grad who won 3 individual Ivy League titles in his collegiate career.

“What a day,” he exclaimed. “Our threesome all shot 67 – 15-under-par in the final round. It was a frantic pace. Winning a tournament this big against the No. 1 player feels good. I’ll have to digest it.” As champion, Williamson earns the option of playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational next spring in Orlando, provided he remains an amateur at that time.

“Peter is a great player and deserving champion. I was pleased the way I played,” said Wyatt.

The 107th Southern Am is scheduled for Carlton Woods near Houston.

ABOUT THE Southern Amateur

The tournament is now open to players worldwide; it had been limited to residents and students from the 14 states that comprise the Southern Golf Association. Exempt invitations are being reduced to 60, and the remaining berths in the 156-player field will be gained through local qualifying. Entrants must have a U.S. Golf Association handicap index of 3.4 or better. Past champions of this prestigious event include Ben Crenshaw, Lanny Wadkins, Hubert Green, Bob Tway and Davis Love III. The Championship will be conducted at stroke play for 72 holes. There will be 156 players at the championship site to begin play, some of which will be exempt and some that have had to qualify at a regional qualifying site. After 36 holes the field will be reduced to the low 66 scorers and ties for the final 36 holes of play.

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Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
Place  PtsScores
T1NHPeter WilliamsonHanover, NH100070-69-70-67--276
T1ALBobby WyattMobile, AL100071-68-70-67--276
3FLDaniel BergerJupiter, FL50070-72-68-67--277
T4CAJohn CatlinCarmichael, CA50071-74-70-69--284
T4OKTalor GoochMidwest City, OK50076-69-69-70--284

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