Ohio golfer leaves South Carolina with World Amateur title
The 30th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Challenge concluded Friday afternoon with Rich Brennan taking home the trophy at the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Brennan, a 19-handicapper from Ohio, won flight 51 in the Mid-Senior Men division with net rounds of 69, 68, 70 and 67 to secure a spot in Friday's championship round. He bested 98 other flight winners with a final round net 62 to take home the silver platter.
The difficult Dye Course didn't allow for many birdies on the day. Waste bunkers line almost every fairway waiting to grab any errant drive, and the closing holes of each nine recall the final hole at TPC Sawgrass where water comes into play off the tee and on the approach. The best gross score was a 77 by Al Bodford, whose 14-handicap took his net score down to a 63 and a second-place finish.
In the first "Super Senior" flight for men ages 70 and up, Charles Brank opened the tournament with a first-round 65. That was without his handicap. The 7-handicapper's net score was finalized at a 58 to grab the opening round lead. After the first day, his handicap was adjusted down to a 5 for the second round and eventually reached a 3 for the final day. Brank couldn't follow up his opening day magic the rest of the week and posted scores of 79, 74 and 84 to close the week. He finished tied for 13th. His 65 stood as the only round in the 60s for his flight.
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