WINSTON-SALEM, NC (June 16, 2013) — Final results of the 53rd North Carolina Amateur Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association hosted by Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem, NC on Sunday, June 16, 2013 (6731 yards, par 36-35—71, 72.8/136).
Call it karma or call it bad luck turned good, 30-year-old Steven Brame of Henderson, NC wins the 53rd North Carolina Amateur Championship despite having his truck crushed by a fallen tree during Thursday’s thunderstorm at Forsyth Country Club. Brame, a Xerox copier distributor, carded a final round 69 to finish at 11-under 273 to finish one shot ahead of Trevor Cone of Concord, NC and Bailey Patrick, Jr. of Charlotte, NC.
“The tournament helped me get over it,” Brame said about the accident. “When I went around the corner of the clubhouse and saw the truck, my heart hit the ground. I was upset for a while but I realized there was nothing I could do about it.”
Brame had to dodge two players that gave a great run at the lead. Bailey Patrick, Jr. posted a 64 (274) to claim the clubhouse lead. Despite a four-over thru five holes start to his round, Trevor Cone played his last 13 holes at 8-under to card a 67 and also post 274.
Walking down the 16th fairway Brame knew how he stood. “I said to my dad (and caddie) that three pars would win it.” Brame took care of business on holes 16 and 17 with par 4’s. However his approach shot on 18 missed short-side left of the flagstick leaving a delicate up-and-down for the win. “I am either going to win it or lose it right here,” Brame said to his dad about the need to get up-and-down for the win. He hit an excellent chip shot to 2 ½ feet and holed the putt for the win.
Brame took a different route to college golf. Out of high school he decided to work for his dad in the family copier business for a few years. At age 23 he felt that his golf game was good enough and was ready for college. He attended and played at CapeFearCommunity College in Wilmington, NC finishing his career as the number one ranked JUCO player in the country. That fine play led to a scholarship at LynnUniversity in Boca Raton, FL where he graduated in 2010 in three semesters. “Playing college golf helped me get motivated to make good grades.”
Defending champion Matthew Crenshaw of Burlington, NC made a great run at a title defense and finished at 276 in a tie for fourth place with Victor Wiggins of Gastonia, NC.
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This championship is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association which in its 104th year of serving amateur golf in the Carolinas.
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