2021 CCNC Amateur champion Austin Duncan
, the only player to post four rounds under par, broke the tournament record with a 10-under-par total of 278 Friday to win the 10th Country Club of North Carolina Amateur by three strokes.
“Today I hit it better overall with every type of club,” said the Liberty University senior from York, S.C. “I put it in spots where the worst I could make was par and everything progressed as the week went on.”
Duncan, who ranked as high as No. 1 among all Division II golfers for a part of the spring season in 2021 when playing for North Greenville University, shot a 3-under-par 69 in the final round that included one eagle, two birdies and a bogey on The Country Club of North Carolina’s Dogwood Course.
Fueled by his consistency, he held the lead after the second and third rounds and his 21 birdies in 72 holes paced the field. Runner-up Jake Hall
, of Knoxville, Tenn., a University of Tennessee redshirt sophomore posted 19 birdies.
“I stayed with my same game plan to keep it in play off the tee,” said Duncan. “I hit my irons well and made some clutch putts when I needed to.”
The victory gave Duncan his first tournament win since the Lincoln Memorial Spring Kickoff in February. His other latest victories are the Upstate Amateur and the Triad Classic in 2020.
“This is one of the bigger tournaments that I have won because the competition, with the guys in the last five or six groups, was really good,” Duncan said. “The nerves are in your head, but I try to keep a cool demeanor. I’m thankful I won."
First-round leader Justin Morgan
, an Appalachian State senior from Denver, N.C, finished third at 6-under 282. North Carolina’s Dougie Ergood
, of Mount Laurel, N.J., with a final-round-best 66, placed fourth at 284 and North Carolina State signee Michael LaSasso, of Raleigh, was fifth at 286.
The CCNC Amateur began in 2012 under the guidance of Stuart Taylor and Eric Murray of the Tarheel Junior Golf Foundation.
ABOUT THE CCNC Amateur
72-hole stroke play event with a cut after 36 holes to
the low 40 players and ties. The
tournament, presented by the Tarheel Golf
Foundation, will be played on the
championship Dogwood course. The Dogwood
has hosted many CGA and USGA events,
including six Southern Amateurs and a US
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