Julian Keur takes the South Carolina Match Play
Julian Keur <br>(CGA Photo)
Julian Keur
(CGA Photo)

SPARTANBURG, SC (June 18, 2017) - Julian Keur of Summerville defeated medalist Todd White of Spartanburg 4-and-3 to claim the 45th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C. "I knew coming into today that I was going to have a really good match with Mr. White," said Keur. "I have heard stories about how good he is, so I knew I needed to come out and play my best. All in all it has been an awesome last few days."

The match was all square heading to No. 4 green, when White chipped out of the left bunker up to five feet to putt for birdie and a one up advantage. Keur responded on No. 5, hitting it to three-feet for birdie, squaring up the match. From there, Keur began to pull away. A 12-foot birdie putt on No. 6 and a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 7 helped him go two up. "I had missed a few shots before that, so that lit a fire under me. After that, I just let my putter do all the work." Keur looked as if his lead would slip on No. 8 after hitting it into the front bunker, but he converted up and down from 20-feet to half the whole. Keur would par and birdie the next two holes to go four up.

As the pair headed to the par-5 13th, Keur was three up after White made par on the par-4 11th the claim the hole. As they each assessed their strategy for their best shot to get to the green, Keur faced 215 yards to the flag and pulled a 6-iron out of his bag as if he was giving chase. Seeing this, White laid-up about 20-feet from the water. Moments later, Keur reexamined the situation as if he was going to lay-up as well, knowing he had a sizable lead. Instead, he decided to go for it and was successful. He would then two-putt for birdie to get back to four up. "I knew if I got it to the green, the match would be in my hands. If I missed, I would still be two up and I was confident enough in the way I was playing to go for it."

Keur, a rising senior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, was dormie as he faced a three-foot putt on the par-4 14th that eventually secured him the championship. "That was the most nervous I have ever been for a three-foot putt," joked Keur. With the win, Keur secured his first CGA championship. "To get my name on the trophy and be able to play Mr. White was an awesome experience. It is something that I will never forget."

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ABOUT THE South Carolina Amateur Match Play

Championship format is 36 holes of stroke play to determine 32 qualifiers for match play. The defending champion is seeded number one for match play if otherwise eligible.

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday, is a legal resident of South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 7.4.

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