Winner Ben Schlottman fired a final round 66
AIKEN, S.C. (June 13, 2015) — Ben
just finished his freshman year
Auburn University. He capped off the conference
regular season with a runner-up finish at the
Championship, leading to the program's first All-
America honor for a freshman in school history.
Now, thanks to a final-round 66 at Palmetto
Club, Schlottman attached a big win to his
heading into this sophomore campaign at
After posting a bogey-free 64 on Thursday
take the second round lead, Schlottman fell to
back Friday when he recorded his only over-par
round of the tournament, a 73 that included
bogeys than he made in the other three rounds
In today's final round, the Advance, N.C.
went out in 33, and he
knew things were looking good.
"I played really solid on front nine, making
a 30-footer for birdie on 3 and a 10-footer for
on 5," Schlottman told AuburnTigers.com.
"When you get through the front nine even par
or better, you have a chance to have a really
round, and I knew I had a chance to do some
Sure enough, Schlottman finished strong
back-nine 33 to win by two shots over Billy
Kennerly, who just graduated from Clemson
University, fired 65 in the fourth round to stay
on Schlottman's tail, but even his strong finish --
including three birdies in his final five holes --
couldn't keep up with the winner.
In third place was Dane Burkhart of Aiken.
displayed one of two impressive mid-amateur
performances in a field stacked with collegiate
junior talent. Burkhart's three straight under-par
rounds, highlighted by a second-round 65,
the former professional golfer to a tie for third
with University of South Carolina junior Sean
Burkhart, 30, shot a 59 in the final round of
2005 Palmetto Amateur (he won) then turned
Now, he has his site on making the Walker Cup
Burkhart told the Augusta Chronicle:
“In the years to come, I’d like to play more.
Walker Cup is something that remains on my
…We’ll see what happens. Who knows?”
Todd White of
Spartanburg, S.C., tied for fifth place to further
Walker Cup credentials. In March, White won the
Azalea Invitational, and in May he teamed with
fellow 2013 Walker Cup team member Nathan
to win the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
Third-round leader Austin Langdale of
University triple-bogeyed the fifth hole on
and set the tone for his final round. He struggled
76 and tied for fifth place alongside White and
Florida Gator golfer JD Tomlinson.
Defending champion Emmanuel Kountakis, a
Mercer University freshman, tied for 16th place
his attempt at a repeat.
ABOUT THE PALMETTO
The Palmetto Amateur was founded in 1976
Dr. Berry Crain, Jr. and Skipper Perry. Gene
McClure, a USGA rules official, longtime
member and past Executive Committee member,
spoke to players on the eve of the 2015
the first one to be played without Crain (who
away in early 2015) at the helm. The 2015
will be the first to lift a new piece of hardware
Palmetto – the Berry Crain, Jr. Memorial Trophy,
sterling silver cup in memory of Dr. Crain.
Said McClure: “It came from England as a
memorial, and now it is a memorial to the great
Berry Crain and to the strength of this golf
championship that he and my good friend
Perry created 40 years ago,” said McClure.
Crain did so much for Palmetto Golf Club.”
Next year, Dr. Crain's son Brad, who grew
working at Palmetto Golf Club and now manages
bank in Aiken, will take the helm of the
ABOUT THE Palmetto Amateur
72-hole stroke play event held on a classic
MacKenzie design. The field of 84 is
applicants based on handicap, participation
amateur golf events and competitive
previous Palmetto Amateurs and other
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