SC Tournament of Champions: Jacques Wilson clinches title with a stellar final round
Jacques Wilson (Minnesota Golf Association Photo)
Jacques Wilson (Minnesota Golf Association Photo)

Jacques Wilson, a Charleston Southern graduate, shot an even-par 144 to win the 28th Annual Tournament of Champions at TPC Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, SC.

Wilson began his campaign with a 76, trailing Danielle Ezelle by five strokes. On the other hand, Ezelle secured the lead with an opening round of 71. The following day, Wilson encountered an early setback with a bogey. However, undeterred by this, he persevered and managed to accumulate five birdies, concluding with a tournament low of 4-under 68. This impressive performance allowed him to emerge as the winner with a three-shot margin over William Ovenden of Mount Pleasant and Walt Todd Jr. of Greenville, SC.

Ovenden carded rounds of 73-74, and Todd added rounds of 75-72 to register a joint runner-up finish in the tournament. Opening round leader, Ezelle, added a second round of 84 to finish 11th at a total score of 11-over par.

Last year, Wilson won the Men’s Division at the 102nd Resorters Tournament at the Alexandria Golf Club in a playoff against Lukas Bigger.

In the Senior Champion Flight, Rich Weston of Pawleys Island shot 1-under par for a four-shot win over Yancey Johnson of Simpsonville and Dough Ramey of Greer. Johnson and Ramey both shot matching total scores of 3-over par.

In the Ladies Flight, Kerry Rutan, the 2022 SCGA Senior Women’s champion, carded rounds of 75-74 to register an easy win by seven-shot margin at 5-over 149.

Margaret Olson of Fort mill shot 12-over 156 for a runner-up finish in the section.

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ABOUT THE South Carolina Tournament of Champions

With the first event held in January of 1997, The Tournament of Champions was created to honor the Champions of the SCGA Member Club events and the SCGA One Day Tournaments throughout the year prior.

Participants compete against one another in flights based on how they qualified. Flights are broken up as Men's Club Champions, Men's Senior Club Champions, SCGA One Day Gross winners, SCGA One Day Net winner, SCGA One Day Senior winners and a Women's Division that includes both Women's Club Champions and WSCGA One Day winners. Each flight plays from a predetermined set of tees and competes only against other players in their respective flight.

From the first event of 42 players, the Tournament of Champions now reaches capacity and has become of one of the highlights for many players throughout the year.

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