South Carolina Am: Mark Anderson by 6

Walker Cup hopeful Mark Anderson of Beaufort states his case with a 6 shot win at Berkeley Hall Plantation

BLUFFTON, SC (August 9, 2009)--With a final round of two under par 70 and a four day total of 272, Mark Anderson is the 2009 SCGA Amateur Champion. Anderson used a solid putting game and some timely shots to claim the Championship by a six shot margin on the South Course at Berkeley Hall Plantation.

The victory didn’t come as easily as some may have thought when the 23 year old started the day with a four shot lead. After making par on the first three holes a pulled tee shot on the 4th hole and a rare missed short putt on the par three 5th hole led to consecutive bogies. Meanwhile Gaffney’s Josh Gallman made birdies on both holes and very quickly the four shot cushion was gone.

Unfazed, Anderson came right back with a birdie on the par five 6th hole and Gallman stumbled with a bogey to fall back two shots. That was as close as anyone got to the hopeful Walker Cup participant as Anderson went on to make four more birdies and only one bogey throughout the rest of the round.

At 278 Josh Gallman and Irmo’s Steve Liebler finished tied for 2nd place. This is the second straight Amateur runner up finish for the 20 year old Gallman. North Charleston’s Austin Cody shot a final round of even par for a 4th place finish. Defending Champion, Lee Palms finished tied for 12th at two under par, 286.

ABOUT THE South Carolina Amateur

The Palmetto State’s finest amateur golfers square off in their annual youth-vs.-experience battle in the South Carolina Golf Association’s Amateur Championship. The 72 hole event will include the top golfers in South Carolina who have either qualified for their position or earned an exempt status through another accomplishment. This Championship brings out the best in all participants and includes former Champions such as Lucas Glover, DJ Trahan and Bill Haas.

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