Former USC Beaufort All-American Brian Langley of Bluffton held on to win medalist honors after the second-round of stroke-play qualifying for the Carolinas Golf Association's 42nd South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship hosted by the Seabrook Island Club.
Langley defeated Rock Hill's Alex Finke in a playoff with a par on No. 18. Langley held a two-stroke lead after his 2-under 70 on Day 1, but slipped with a a 5-over 77 on Day 2, just good enough to stay even with Finke on the par-72, 6,765-yard Ocean Winds Course.
The field was cut to the low 32 players for match play. The cut line fell at 17-over-par 161. Bluffton's Wesley Long shot a pair of 78s to tie for 17th and make the match play field.
Also making the cute were, Bluffton's J.D. Hoft (81-78--159) and Ridgeland's Christopher Finke (80-79--159), who tied for 25th.
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CGA S.C. AMATEUR MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
At Seabrook Island Club, Ocean Winds Course
Par 72, 6,765 yards
8 a.m.: 1. Brian Langley, Bluffton vs. 32. Taylor Ingle, Winnsboro
8:08 a.m.: 16. Robert Fisher, Johns Island vs. 17. Wesley Long, Bluffton
8:16 a.m.: 8. Cody Clepper, Sumter vs. 25. Doug Ramey, Greer
8:24 a.m.: 9. Jackson Moore, Isle of Palms vs. 24. Andrew Novak, Mount Pleasant
8:32 a.m.: 4. Alex Evans, Rock Hill vs. 29. David Foster, Charleston
8:40 a.m.: 13. Will Bundy, Bennettsville vs. 20. Jarrett Swan, Mt. Pleasant
8:48 a.m.: 5. Taylor White, Duncan vs. 28. J.D. Hoft, Bluffton
8:56 a.m.: 12. Steve Agazzi, Charleston vs. 21. Michael Wilson, Summerville
8 a.m.: 2. Alex Finke, Rock Hill vs. 31. Joe Davis, Chapin
8:08 am.: 15. Hugh Morrison, Charleston vs. 18. Casey Smith, Abbeville
8:16 a.m: 7. Chandler Mulkey, Johns Island vs. 26. Christopher Finke, Ridgeland
8:24 am.: 10. Jarrett Grimes, Columbia vs. 23. Tyler Lucas, Rock Hill
8:32 a.m.: 3. Julian Keur, Summerville vs. 30. Bill Smunk, Kingstree
8:40 a.m.: 14. Bryce Howell, Blythewood vs. 19. Johnson Holliday, Aynor
8:48 a.m.: 6. Dwight Cauthen, Columbia vs. 27. Derek MacLeod, Murrells Inlet
8:56 a.m.: 11. Bradley Kauffman, Greer vs. 22. Weston Bell, Piedmont
Bluffton resident and International Junior Golf Academy product Ben Dietrich shot a 2-over 72 on Thursday to stand in a tie for fourth at 2 under par after the second round of the 39th Palmetto Amateur at the historic Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.
The South Carolina freshman had been tied for second after Wednesday's 66. His Gamecocks teammate and 2011 Junior Heritage winner Matthew NeSmith is tied for ninth at even-par 140.
Will Long of Gastonia, N.C., leads at 7-under 133.
Hilton Head Island High teacher and Colleton River Plantation resident Todd White is tied for 27th after his 1-over 71 put him at 4 over for the event.
Hilton Head Christian graduate J.D. Lehman, now at Louisville, is tied for 77th at 13 over after a 9-over 79 on Thursday, while Beaufort High golfer Josh Fickes is tied for 89th at 17 over after a 6-over 76.
The 72-hole tournament runs through Saturday. The 99-player field is made up of golfers from the top 200 in the World Amateur Rankings, the top 20 in the 2013 Palmetto Amateur and past Palmetto Amateur Champions.