Rice Planters Am: Cody wins by one

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Austin Cody, sophomore at Duke University, fired an 18-under 270 to win the 39th Rice Planters Amateur Tournament. Cody posted rounds of 69-69-65-67 to secure a one shot victory at Snee Farm Country Club and his second tournament title of the summer.

"I was able to really limit my mistakes this week," said Cody. "I only made two bogeys the whole week and I played the final 50 holes bogey-free. I was making a lot more putts than I have been lately which got me to 18-under and allowed me to win the event."

Four shots off the lead after the first two rounds, Cody charged into the lead on Friday with a seven-under 65.

Saturday Cody posted a one-under 35 on the opening nine to fall one shot back of the lead. He came out of the turn to birdie No. 10 and No. 11 and added birdies on No. 14 and No. 16 to take a two stroke lead with two holes remaining. Cody parred out to secure the win as Ryan Heisey of UNC Greensboro and Rafael Becker of Witchita State tied for second at 17-under (271). Heisey had the low round of the tournament with a final round of 63.

Cody, a North Charleston, S.C., native, also won the Santee Amateur earlier this month.

"The year of college golf has really helped me mature with my game," Cody added. "I have been putting in a lot of work and I am hoping everything will pay off this summer. This week has been great for my confidence and I can't wait to get back at it next week at the Dogwood Amateur."

Thanks go to Duke University Athletics for their contribution to this story.

Results For Rice Planters Amateur Golf Championship
1SCAustin CodyN. Charleston, SC70069-69-65-67--270
T2CARyan HeiseyOrange, CA50069-70-69-63--271
T2BrazilRafael BeckerBrazil50068-67-70-66--271
3NYMichael FurciSayville, NY40069-72-66-67--274
T4TXRiley PumphreyGeorgetown, TX40066-72-71-66--275

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ABOUT THE Rice Planters Amateur

The Rice Planters Amateur was the inspiration of amateur golfer, Dick Horne. During his first Porter Cup at the Niagara Falls Country Club in 1973, Horne befriended the tournament's chairman Dick Harvey. Harvey encouraged a receptive Horne to develop his own southern tournament and, consequently, along with other Porter Cup officials, shared enough useful information to get Horne started in the South. The Rice Planters quickly grew to become one of the top amateur events in the country.

Like the Porter Cup, the Rice Planters is played over 72 holes of stroke play. While entries are by invitation only, the tournament typically holds a 90-player qualifier for the final five spots in the field.

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