GREENSBORO, N.C. — Day two of the Cardinal Amateur saw much higher scores than the first round. But stellar play returned during Sunday's final round at Sedgefield Country Club, and it was University of Richmond sophomore Matthew Lowe posting two-under 68 and taking the tournament by a stroke over Miller Capps of Clemson.
Lowe sat a stroke behind second-round leader William Rainey entering the last day, but Rainey, this year's Rice Planters Amateur winner, struggled to a 74 and fell back into a tie for eighth place. He took advantage of the tough play on Saturday, shooting the only round in the 60s, to move into the lead before falling back on Sunday.
Lowe was the only player during the tournament to post even-par or lower scores during each of his three rounds at the 7,000-yard, par-70 Pete Dye design.
Capps made a remarkable run during the final round, going bogey-free to card five-under 65 and finish just a stroke behind Lowe. The Clemson senior from Denver, N.C. entered Sunday with a five-shot deficit, and will likely regret the end of his second round where he bogeyed four of his final five holes.
UNC-Charlotte golfer Victor Wiggins took third place at one-over 211, while four players, including Florida mid-amateur Joe Alfieri, tied for fourth place at two-over.
The tournament, being played for the 38th time, was notably cancelled during the off-season before being brought back to life in January.