Carolina Amateur at The Ocean Course

Carolina Amateur Winner

Here’s coverage of the Carolinas Amateur held this year at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort by Tommy Braswell of the Charleston Post and Courier:


Carter Jenkins celebrates birthday by winning Carolinas Amateur at Kiawah’s Ocean Course


KIAWAH ISLAND — Carter Jenkins got exactly what he wanted for his 18th birthday — the beautiful silver trophy that is awarded each year to the Carolinas Amateur golf champion.

Exhibiting a ton of patience on a windy Sunday that was prefaced by a lengthy rain delay, Jenkins erased a three-shot deficit going into the final round with a 1-under-par 71 and won the 99th Carolinas Golf Association Amateur Championship played at Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Ocean Course.

The soon-to-be UNC Greensboro freshman from Raleigh squeaked past Clemson rising sophomore Miller Capps of Denver, N.C., by one shot, finishing the 72-hole tournament at even-par 288. Capps also tallied a final-round 71 for a 289 total. Daniel Claytor of Charlotte was also in the mix but unable to catch Jenkins, closing with a final-round 74 for a 292 total.

Third-round leader Jarrett Swan of Mount Pleasant was unable to overcome a horrid start and dropped to a tie for 10th at 81—295. Swan had two bogeys and two double bogeys over the first four holes.

Play was originally scheduled to start at 8 a.m. with the leaders slated to tee off at 9:40 a.m. But heavy wind and rain forced the starting times to be pushed back four times. Eventually, there was a clear weather window and tournament officials sent the players off in an 11 a.m. shotgun start.

“I don’t really know how it feels. It’s awesome to win an event that has the level of golfers we have in North and South Carolina, especially on this golf course. It’s over-the-top amazing,” said Jenkins, who won his fourth Carolinas Golf Association championship and the second CGA title on his birthday. He won another CGA event on his 13th birthday.

Jenkins said he had never faced such a tough course, especially with 30 mph winds and the same pin positions that were used in last August’s PGA Championship at the Ocean Course.

Jenkins made only two bogeys while recording three birdies, but the second bogey made things a little tight. Fortunately, he had a two-shot cushion over Capps coming to the 18th hole. He missed the green right with his approach and his chip shot ran over the green, but he managed to get down in two for the win.

“The fact that this win occurred at the Ocean Course with all its history, the Ryder Cup, the PGA last year, made it even more special,” Jenkins said. “I woke up a nervous wreck and ate very little breakfast. I was three back and knew I needed a solid round.”


Carter Jenkins, Raleigh 74-72-71-71—288

Miller Capps, Denver, N.C. 77-71-70-71—289

D. Claytor, Rocky Mount, N.C. 74-74-70-74—292

Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. 77-69-74-73—293

Trace Crowe, Easley 70-78-70-75—293

James Poston, Hickory, N.C. 76-73-71-73—293

Taylor Dickson, Gastonia, N.C. 75-67-77-75—294

Eric Brady, Cary, N.C. 74-70-76-74—294

Dalton Ward, Sumter 72-75-71-76—294

Brian Westveer, Charlotte 76-71-73-75—295

Adam Goins, Gaffney 76-74-70-75—295

Jarrett Swan, Mount Pleasant 72-71-71-81—295

Carson Young, Pendleton 78-73-75-70—296

Zach Seabolt, Raleigh 70-71-80-76—297

Robert Godfrey, Anderson 80-73-73-71—297

Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C. 77-74-75-72—298

J. Jackson, Chapel Hill, N.C. 79-72-73-74—298

Caleb Sturgeon, Laurens 74-74-71-79—298

Todd Eckstein, Durham, N.C. 77-69-74-78—298

Roy Dixon III, Salisbury, N.C. 71-77-77-73—298

John Eades, Charlotte 78-71-76-74—299

W. Gordon, Davidson, N.C. 76-73-71-79—299

Paul Tucker, Waxhaw, N.C. 75-73-76-75—299

Steve Agazzi, Charleston 73-73-74-79—299

Rob Simmons, Beaufort 80-73-72-76—301

Ryan Eibner, Greenville, N.C. 74-77-72-78—301

Cyrus Stewart, Raleigh 75-72-83-71—301

R. Register, Burlington, N.C. 79-72-71-79—301

Brent Landry, Charlotte 79-75-73-74—301

T. Walsh, High Point, N.C. 80-73-74-75—302

David Germann, Clayton, N.C. 77-77-74-74—302

John Schaffer, Sumter 77-74-75-76—302

L. Haithcock, Burlington, N.C. 71-73-82-76—302

Lee Mitchell, Conover, N.C. 77-73-73-79—302

S. Lawson, Davidson, N.C. 77-76-71-79—303

Ron Kirkpatrick, Charlotte 81-70-76-76—303

Sam Jackson, Pelion 76-77-70-80—303

S. Lincicome, Pinehurst, N.C. 76-77-73-78—304

Steve Harwell, Mooresville, N.C. 79-73-80-72—304

Carter Davis, Spartanburg 77-76-76-75—304

Ryan Gioffre, Greensboro, N.C. 77-74-76-77—304

Bailey Patrick Jr., Charlotte 81-75-73-76—305

Taylor White, Duncan 77-75-74-79—305

Andy Simmons, Charlotte 79-74-74-79—306

Tanner Owen, High Point, N.C. 78-75-76-78—307

Jack Radley, Sanford, N.C. 78-78-72-79—307

U. Grisette, Winston-Salem, N.C. 77-79-75-77—308

Kyle Bearden, Barnwell 79-74-78-77—308

Richard Fountain, Raleigh 81-74-75-78—308

M. McMillen Jr., Smithfield, N.C. 78-77-76-77—308

Keegan Hoff, Charlotte 79-74-76-80—309

T. Driver, Holly Springs, N.C. 80-74-78-78—310

G. Harrington, Nakina, N.C. 80-76-75-79—310

Alan King, Columbia 77-78-81-80—316

Ben O’Geary, Henderson, N.C. 75-81-84-79—319

Preston Cole, Greer 79-77-85-78—319

S. Goodnight, Lincolnton, N.C. 75-78-80-86—319