Amateur Russ Perry of Winston-Salem, N.C., won the 36-hole Tidewater Carolinas PGA Senior Open at Tidewater Golf Club & Plantation on Tuesday with a 1-under-par 143.
Perry shot a 2-under 70 in the final round to finish a shot ahead of John Faidley of Winston-Salem, a Coastal Carolina grad and former pro on the Grand Strand, who also shot a 70 Tuesday.
Myrtle Beach High alumnus Rick Lewallen of Kannapolis, N.C., finished third at 1-over 145. First-round leader Jim Fellner of Little River shot a 76 to finish fifth at 3-over 147.
Amateur Billy Stroud of Loris tied for 11th at 150, Harold Perry of Conway tied for 20th at 154 and Jim Merriman of North Myrtle Beach finished 23rd at 155. The event was for pros and amateurs age 50 and older and is one of a series of eight CPGA Senior Opens at different locations this year.
Carter Jenkins of Raleigh, N.C., a 19-year-old rising junior at North Carolina, won his third consecutive Carolinas Amateur Championship at Greensboro Country Club's Farm Course.
He began Sunday’s final round two strokes off the lead but closed with a course record-tying 8-under 64 to win by three over David Kocher of Charlotte, N.C. and Davis Womble of High Point, N.C., at 20-under 268.
Jenkins joined F.M. Laxton (1921-23) of Charlotte, N.C. as the only golfers to win the Carolinas Amateur title three consecutive years in its 101-year history.
Matt NeSmith of North Augusta won the Players Amateur Championship at Berkeley Hall Golf Club, shooting a final-round 65 for a one-stroke victory over Chase Koepka of the University of South Florida with a 13-under 271.
The win earns NeSmith an exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2016 RBC Heritage next April in Hilton Head Island, and he joins a list of champions that includes Rickie Fowler and Bill Haas. The rising senior at South Carolina began the final round five shots behind Koepka and birdied four holes on the back nine.
Ashley Czarnecki of Greenville supported her No. 1 ranking in the state by defeating Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill 4 and 3 in the championship match Sunday of the South Carolina Junior Girls' Match Play Championship on the Cotton Dike course at Dataw Island Club. Czarnecki won the state’s stroke play championship conducted by the Women's South Carolinas Golf Association in June.
In the S.C. Boys Match Play Championship, Nick Willis of Cowpens, SC defeated Matt Lehman of Bluffton, SC 5 and 3 in the championship match to claim is first Carolinas Golf Association title.