Amateur Josh Nichols of Kernersville, NC is champion of the 93rd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T conducted at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center located in Greensboro, NC.
Nichols, a former member of the Appalachian State University golf team, entered the third and final round tied for third place at -4, four strokes back of amateur Grant Powell of Colfax, NC, a member of the Greensboro College golf team (-8). However, that lead was lost when Powell played the front nine in 40 strokes (+4).
Coming down the stretch, Nichols and amateur Garett Reband of York, SC, a member of the University Oklahoma golf team traded spots atop the leaderboard. Nichols made an unfortunate but heroic bogey, draining a long putt to finish his round at 34-34=68 (-4) to total 208 (-8). With the door wide open, Reband was unable to take advantage, giving up bogeys on both of his final two holes to post a 34-35=69 (-3) also totaling 208 (-8).
The duo headed to the 18th hole, a straightaway par-4 with small segmented portions to its green surrounded by hills on all sides providing natural spectator viewing. Both players striped drives to the center of the fairway. Nichols tugged his approach to the back left corner of the green while the hole was back right. Reband left his shot underneath the flag, but below a ridge. Nichols was first to play, but his putt was extremely difficult. It measured 51 feet up a ridge and then had about 20 feet of break left to right and down a hill. After studying the putt from various angles, Nichols made his stroke and watched the ball roll for approximately five seconds before watching it fall in at perfect speed for birdie (CHECK OUT THE VIDEO!). Reband gave his birdie attempt a good run, but was unable to match.
With the victory, Nichols earned the champion's trophy, the amateur contest first prize of $750 in Bryan Park golf shop credit, and a lifetime exemption into the Carolinas Open.
John Thompson, the PGA Director of Instruction at Carolina Lakes GC in Indian Land, SC, and Rohan Allwood, the PGA Apprentice Director of Instruction at Woodlands CC in Columbia, SC, tied for first in the professional contest at 211 (-5).
After 36 holes, the field was cut to the low 60 and ties. 65 competitors at 151 (+7) survived to compete in the final round.
The Carolinas Open is the oldest professional golf tournament in the Carolinas, having been conducted since 1923 when the Carolinas PGA Section was first founded in Greensboro, NC. Some of the best players in Carolinas PGA history have won the championship including Henry Picard, Johnny Palmer, Bobby Locke, Bob Boyd, and Kelly Mitchum. 150 of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina are competing for the title. The 93rd Carolinas Open Presented by BB&T is an official Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year Award Presented by OMEGA points event. Additionally, PGA Professionals' scores count toward the CPGA Johnny Palmer Trophy Presented by True Temper.
Photos from the event can be found here
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Supporting Partner - True Temper
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Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center
Set along scenic Lake Townsend, the Champions Course at Bryan Park was built to fulfill Mr. Joseph M. Bryan’s vision of having a national level golf course that was accessible to the public. The Rees Jones course design features 97 bunkers, numerous grass hollows, and seven holes along the lake. The Champions Course at Bryan Park was recognized as runner-up for the "Best New Public Golf Course" by Golf Digest in 1990. The Carolinas PGA Section thanks host General Manager Kyle Kolls, PGA, and his staff at Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center for their hospitality and support of one of our most prestigious tournaments. We would also like to thank our presenting sponsor BB&T for their continued support for the Carolinas Open. www.BryanPark.com