Stanton Schorr (Southeastern Amateur photo)
COLUMBUS, GA (June 16, 2018) - The newest name on the Southeastern Amateur trophy is a familiar one at the Country Club of Columbus. Stanton Schorr, a rising senior at Mercer University and a member of the host club, plays his golf at the host club and knows the course as well as anyone who competed on the classic Donald Ross course this week.
He needed every bit of that knowledge to hold off Ryan Stachler (Alpharetta, GA) by two shots to win the 89th edition of the tournament that has been played at the CC of Columbus since its inception.
He need some patience too. Starting the day one shot ahead of Matt Liston (Louisville, KY), Schorr picked up a shot with a birdie on the short par-4 3rd, but the stress ratcheted up with consecutive bogeys at 5 and 6.
Up ahead, Stachler, a rising senior at the University of South Carolina who qualified for the U.S. Open two years ago, was putting together a bogey-free 3-under 67 to post 7-under 273 in the clubhouse.
Meanwhile Liston, a rising junior at the University of Kentucky, was slipping out of contention. A disappointing bogey at the par-5 first hole was the first of five on the day, and the 36-hole leader could only manage a 72. Liston finished in a tie for third at 5-under 275.
Jamie Mist (Hayling Island, England), who co-led after round one and whose hole-in-one on 16 in round three kept him in contention, also backed up in the final round, matching Liston's 72 and putting him at 3 under and alone in sixth.
With others falling back, Schorr steadied himself with a birdie at the par-3 8th that allowed him to make the turn at even par for the day. Another birdie at the par-4 13th gave him some breathing room, and a two-shot lead.
A bogey at the long par-4 17th removed all margin for error on the final hole. But needing a par to win, Schorr rolled in a birdie, delighting the hometown crowd and capping off a two-shot win.
Ben Carr, another Country Club of Columbus member and a Georgia Southern commit, shot a 67 on Saturday to pull into the third place tie with Liston.
Caleb Proveaux (Lexington, SC), last year's Oglethorpe Invitational winner, shot a 69 to finish fifth at 4 under par.
After Jonathan Hardee set a tournament record last year by shooting 18-under 262, the Country Club of Columbus defended itself admirably this week, with not one player reaching double digits under par.
ABOUT THE Southeastern Amateur
The Southeastern Amateur is a top-level amateur
golf tournament with a rich history
dating back to 1922 - when the tournament was
created by Fred Haskins. Each year,
the Southeastern Amateur has the great honor of
hosting many of the nation's top
amateur golfers, from Division I NCAA National
Champions to the nation's top Mid-
Field is limited to 90 players. The format is 54 holes
play with no cut. Open qualifier held the day before
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