Beaufort's Josh Fickes wins SCGA Junior Championship

sports@islandpacket.comJune 14, 2013 

It didn't look like it would be Josh Fickes' day.

The rising Beaufort High senior entered the third and final round of the 55th S.C. Golf Association Junior Championship on Thursday at the Country Club of Lexington with a two stroke lead.

But after Fickes made bogey on the par-4 10th and a double-bogey on the difficult par-3 11th, he righted the ship and came back to finish at 6-under-par 210 to claim the Charlie Rountree Trophy with a one-stroke win over Justin Hood of St. Matthews.

By the time the final group made the turn, Hood had narrowed the margin to one after posting a 2-under 34 on the front nine. Fickes then bogeyed 10 and double-bogeyed 11, enabling Hood to take a one-shot lead after he also bogeyed 11.

But Fickes regained the lead on the par-4 13th after he made birdie and Hood posted a bogey. And he extended it to two after Hood posted bogey on the 14th, as well.

Hood made up a stroke on 15 and then birdied the long par-3 17th to pull even at 5 under coming into 18.

On the final hole, Fickes knocked it to 10 feet and Hood even closer.

"I liked the angle and knew it would come down to putting this week," Fickes said.

Fickes made birdie, and Hood's putt slid just under the hole to give the Beaufort native the win.

Mt. Pleasant's Jamie Wilson followed an opening-round 2-over 74 with rounds of 68-69 to finish one back at 5-under 211, as well.

Bluffton's Bryson Nimmer, a Hilton Head Christian Academy golfer, finished tied for 11th at even-par 216.

Hilton Head Christian's R.J. Bartolomucci finished at 7-over 229.

Sumter's Christan Salzer, who took a four-stroke victory over Inman's Harrison Corbin, won the boys 13-14 bracket. Bluffton's Alec Weary was fifth at 9-over 225. Hilton Head Island High's Andrew Orischak was another spot back at 11-over 227.

The low eight scores of the tournament automatically qualify for the 38th Annual Georgia-South Carolina Junior Team Matches.

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