Savio Nazareth won the 2016 Carolinas PGA Section Professional Championship on Thursday at Country Club of Landfall in a playoff after the final round was canceled.
Both Nazareth, an assistant pro at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., and teaching pro James Stewart of Old North State Club in New London, N.C., shot 3-under 141s through two rounds and Nazareth won with a par on the first playoff hole.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Julia threw multiple cells of rain and lightning at the course throughout the day, and teeing grounds, fairways, bunkers and putting greens were under mass amounts of water.
Nazareth earned $10,000 for the win and exemptions into the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship and Wyndham Championship as the tournament winner and 2016 Bob Boyd CPGA Player of the Year.
He is also one of 10 players to qualify from the tournament for the 2017 PGA Professional National Championship from June 18-21 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. The others are Stewart, Michael Hutcheon of Precision Golf School, Brooks Blackburn of Palmetto Golf Club, Charles Frost of Old Town Club, Brian Joyce of Eagle Point Golf Club, Josh Points of Wakefield Plantation, Matt Vick of Pinehurst No. 9, Andrew Bateman of Diamond Creek Golf Club, and Kelly Mitchum of Pinehurst Resort & Country Club.
Steve Isley of Oak Island Club tied for 14th at 1-over 145 to earn $1,377, and Chuck Johns of the Hacker Course at Coastal Carolina, Samantha Swinehart of the Grande Dunes Resort Course and Derek Watson of Murrells Inlet and The S.C. Golf Center tied for 19th at 146 to earn $930 apiece. Dale Ketola of Potential Golf at River Hills Golf & Country Club tied for 31st at 147 and earned $656.
Woodard wins Match Play
OKATIE Dawn Woodard of Greer defeated Lea Venable of Simpsonville 2 up in Friday’s championship match to claim her sixth Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Match Play Championship at Oldfield Golf Club.
Woodard, a 42-year-old Furman University grad, was two holes down through eight holes but rallied to take a 1 up lead heading to the 18th hole, which she won to clinch the title.