Olsen wins Southern Amateur in playoff
-- Golfweek Photo
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THE WOODLANDS, Texas (July 20, 2013) — Youthful Zachary Olsen sank clutch birdie putts on the 72nd hole and first playoff hole to win the 107th Southern Amateur Saturday at The Club at Carlton Woods’ Nicklaus Course. Olsen, headed for his freshman year at Oklahoma State in the fall, canned a 12-footer at No. 18 to climb into the three-way playoff, then drained a 20-footer in the first overtime hole to defeat Joey Garber and Sam Love.

“It was pretty awesome, making two big putts on the last two holes to win,” Olsen gushed. “But I love playoffs.”

As Southern Am champ, he earns a spot in the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational next March in Orlando.

“Getting that spot is great, but right now winning this is more important. This is the biggest win I had.”

Joey Garber, a Georgia Bulldog senior, led most of the final round after posting 5 birdies in his first eight holes. But he cooled after that and saw his chance to win in regulation fade when his 15-foot birdie at 18 hung on the lip. Love, a senior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, had surged out of the pack with a closing 66 to gain a playoff spot.

The 2014 Southern Am will be at the Honors Course outside Chattanooga.

Results For Southern Amateur Golf Championship
T1TNZachary OlsenCordova, TN100064-73-68-71=276
T2ALSam LoveBirmingham, AL70070-71-69-66=276
T2MIJoey GarberPetoskey, MI70067-73-67-69=276
4GAOliver SchniederjansPowder Springs, GA50072-64-73-68=277
T5MSChad RameyFulton, MS50071-73-70-64=278

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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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