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.

Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
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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ABOUT THE Southern Amateur

The Southern Amateur, which dates back to 1902, is one of two competitions held by the Southern Golf Association. (The other is the Southern Junior.) Its champions roster is like a who’s who’s of competitive golf. (And the same could be said of the standing of its host clubs.) Leading this group is Robert T. (Bobby) Jones, Jr., who was the Southern Amateur Champion in 1917, 1920, and 1922. Others who have won or finished in a challenging position and gone on to national and/or international prominence include Tommy Barnes, Dale Morey, Don January, Gay Brewer, Doug Sanders, Billy Joe Patton, Lew Oehmig, Hubert Green, Downing Gray, Marvin (Vinny) Giles, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Melnyk, Tom Kite, John Mahaffey, Ben Crenshaw, Gary Koch, Bill Rogers, Gil Morgan, Danny Edwards, Andy Bean, Vance Haefner, Jerry Pate, Chip Beck, David Edwards, Jay Sigel, Bob Tway, Mark Brooks, Gene Sauers, Davis Love, Justin Leonard and more recently PGA Tour standouts Webb Simpson and Kyle Stanley, who won twice each between 2005 and 2008 in alternate years.

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