Ernst Captures South Carolina Amateur Championship

BLYTHEWOOD, SC (Aug 8, 2010)--In the first playoff since 1997, Drew Ernst birdied the first playoff hole to beat Wesley Bryan for the 2010 SCGA Amateur Championship title held at Columbia Country Club. Both Ernst and Bryan finished regulation play tied at the top at ten under par 203.

The battle between the two collegian golfers began at the start of the day with Seneca resident Drew Ernst holding a slim one shot lead after the first two rounds. After the first nine holes with three birdies and only one bogey, Wesley Bryan had battled back and taken his own one shot lead heading to hole ten. Ernst fell further behind after a birdie three on the par four 11th hole by the University of South Carolina golfer.

That’s where things got really interesting. With pars on the par five 12th and par four 13th Ernst, a rising junior at Coastal Carolina, took a one shot lead after Bryan went bogey, double on the same two holes. Then on the 252 yard par three 14th Ernst drained a 14 foot birdie putt to take a two shot lead. Never to give up though, the 20 year old Wesley Bryan made birdie on the 15th while the 21 year old Ernst stumbled to a bogey and in a blink of an eye, everything was tied up again. Both players made pars coming in and the Championship was destined for a playoff. A ten foot birdie putt by Ernst on the first playoff hole, the par four 18th, earned him the title of 2010 SCGA Amateur Champion.

Rounding out the top five were Brent Roof from Columbia at 207 and one stroke back at 208 were Cheraw’s McCuen Elmore and Greenville resident and former Champion Lee Palms.

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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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