Warren Wins in Playoff

Charles Warren of Columbia captured the 66th Annual South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship on the third hole of sudden death over Sammy Truett of Myrtle Beach. The 72 hole Championship was held August 6-10, over the par 71 Thornblade Club in Greer.

Warren forced the playoff with a nine foot par putt on 488 yard, par 4 18th hole. Truett bogeyed both 17 & 18 to lose a two stroke lead. His seven foot putt for bogey on 18 kept his chances for victory alive.

On the first hole of sudden death, both players missed good birdie opportunities. Warren almost lost the playoff on the second playoff hole when his errant second shot came within feet of going out of bounds on the tight par five. He managed par to force a third hole. Tiring of the playoff, Truett tried to end it quickly. He played his 25 foot birdie putt a little too aggressively. It was a putt, “I thought I could make.” The playoff was over when he missed the four footer for par coming back.

Warren, the 1997 NCAA and ACC Champion, posted rounds of 73, 70, 66 and 71. The senior at Clemson, Warren battled all the way to the front from a tie for 26th position after the first round. He picked up the lead with just nine holes to play but quickly lost it with a double bogey 6 on the tenth.

Truett, 35, was just to be playing at this level. A former professional, he enjoyed the atmosphere of top amateur golf. “I missed a good opportunity but win or loose, I had fun. Professional golf was cold and standoffish,” Treutt explained.

Although Truett and Warren gave up leads, they did not give up the biggest one. That distinction went to Justin Roof of Conway. Roof seem to have lock on the tournament until he scored a quadruple bogey eight on the 8th hole to throw away his four stroke lead. The Wake Forest All-American’s aggressive approach shot took a bad bounce off a green side rock wall and finished out-of-bounds. He knocked the next, his fourth, into the water and lipped out the putt to make 8. However, Roof hung close throughout the final nine and missed a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to join the playoff.

The 1997 Amateur drew the largest response in SCGA tournament history. More than 490 applications were received for 150 spots. The applicants competed at one of four qualifying sites. The sites, medalists and scores were: Smithfield Country Club, Josh Campbell (Williamston) 37-30–67; Verdae Greens Golf Club, Andrew Crane (Greenville) 34-36–70; Northwoods Golf Club, Alex Blackmon (Darlington) 31-36–67; and Legend Oaks Plantation, Luke Ferguson (Rock Hill) 32-33–65.


Final Results

Charles Warren (Columbia) 73-70-66-71?280*

Sammy Truett (Myrtle Beach) 68-69-71-72?280

Justin Roof (Conway) 69-67-73-72?281

Kyle Thompson (Easley) 71-71-70-70?282

Cordes Ford (Charleston) 69-71-70-73?283

Bert Atkinson (Charleston) 70-69-73-72?284

Kevin Pendley (Greenwood) 71-74-69-71?285

Tommy Biershenk, Jr. (Inman) 69-72-73-72?286

Walter Todd (Laurens) 68-73-71-74?286

Brad Martin (Spartanburg) 73-71-74-70?288

Michael Gravley (Greer) 73-71-73-71?288

Jordan Byrd (Columbia) 65-75-75-73?288

Luke Ferguson (Rock Hill) 72-74-71-72?289

Dale Overcash (Aiken) 70-71-74-74?289

Taylor Hough (Spartanburg) 71-72-74-74?291

Jamie Thomas (Jefferson) 69-74-74-74?291

Bill Bowers (Greer) 74-76-73-69?292

Terry Ezell (Rock Hill) 75-75-71-71?292

Mike Selvy (Greenville) 71-68-81-73?293

Ben Duncan (Greenville) 73-75-71-74?293

Jay McAllister (Spartanburg) 72-74-72-75?293

Mark Payne (Gaffney) 74-76-74-70?294

Gus Sylvan (Columbia) 73-75-75-71?294

Julian Taylor (Greenville) 71-73-76-75?295

Frank Ford,III (Charleston) 69-74-74-78?295

Jonathan Byrd (Columbia) 74-76-72-74?296

Rion Moore (Orangeburg) 74-71-76-75?296

Bill Haas (Greer) 74-75-71-76?296

Brad Krapfel (Columbia) 76-75-77-69?297

Bobby Hines (Greenville) 77-74-75-71?297

Josh Campbell (Williamston) 75-73-77-72?297

Mark Thaxton (Rock Hill) 74-73-73-77?297

Ty Durham (Easley) 74-71-70-82?297

Sean Thornton (Easley) 75-73-78-72?298

Dr. Bob Varn (Orangeburg) 74-74-78-72?298

Bill Smunk (Kingstree) 72-74-76-76?298

Chip Brooke (Seabrook Is.) 72-74-69-83?298

Butch Bagwell (Spartanburg) 76-76-74-73?299

Scott Polen (Simpsonville) 71-76-79-73?299

Alex Blackmon (Darlington) 77-74-74-74?299

Lanny Correll, Jr. (Columbia) 74-76-77-73?300

Joe Hendrick (Chesterfield) 70-77-78-75?300

Eddie Hargett (Blythewood) 70-76-78-76?300

Gary Moore (Anderson) 74-74-75-77?300

Clint Douglas (Greenwood) 80-70-76-75?301

Tommy Addison, Jr. (Clinton) 72-77-77-75?301

Bill Duncan (Greenville) 72-77-76-76?301

Tim Crowe (Anderson) 72-70-83-76?301

Paul Tucker (Pageland) 73-77-74-77?301

Austin Page (Duncan) 76-77-76-73?302

John White, III (Irmo) 74-78-76-74?302

David Steelman (Lexington) 75-72-80-75?302

Barry Black (Spartanburg) 75-77-74-76?302

Milan Gettys (Gaffney) 75-75-73-79?302

Jay Coggins (Mauldin) 70-76-85-72?303

Brian Webb (Saluda) 77-76-76-74?303

Joe Vignati (Rock Hill) 75-78-70-80?303

Rod Austin (Wellford) 75-76-82-71?304

Tommy McGinnis (Hilton Head) 75-77-76-76?304

Clark Lowther (Ridgeland) 74-75-79-78?306

Jackson Hughes,III (Greenville) 74-79-75-78?306

Bernie Shealy (Blythewood) 75-74-76-81?306

David League (Greenville) 77-75-81-74?307

Tommy Lever (Greer) 75-78-77-77?307

Keith Murphy (Charleston) 74-76-76-81?307

Jim Burgess (Kingstree) 76-75-80-77?308

Brandon Jolly (Darlington) 78-75-78-78?309

Stephen Welch (Bishopville) 76-76-77-80?309

Ben Cox (Greenville) 75-74-83-78?310

Jeff Davis (Spartanburg) 73-79-85-75?312

Mike Bussell (Greenville) 76-76-82-79?313

Guy Evans (W. Columbia) 78-74-83-84?319

Duff Wagner (Taylors) 74-76-91-79?320

David Giffin (Easley) 77-75-84-85?321

Matt Drinkhahn (Central) 77-75-84-89?325

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