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Nagy shakes off sore hand to win eGolf's Swiftwick Shootout

Corey Nagy feared the worst shortly after waking up Saturday morning.

His right hand was swollen larger than the left. The Charlotte native wasn't sure he'd even be able to play the final round of the Swiftwick Shootout at Palmetto Hall Plantation's Robert Cupp course, even though he enjoyed a two-shot lead to start the day at the eGolf Professional Tour's season-opening event.

He decided to play, but made bogey on three of his first four holes to fall out of the lead -- not the ideal start for a young golfer trying to win his first professional title. Nagy decided to stop tip-toeing around the injury and tried to ignore the pain. He birdied three of his final five holes to force a playoff with Brian Harman and won with a par on the first playoff hole, earning $31,175 for the victory.

Beaufort resident Mark Anderson and Hilton Head Island's Chris Epperson tied for 10th.

"Progressively, it got better," Nagy said of the injury. "...There was definitely a point where I was like, 'I'm kind of handcuffed. My hand's killing me.' I just kept fighting through it."

Nagy hurt his right hand hitting a sand wedge approach the previous round, when the clubhead stuck in the ground as Nagy's momentum continued forward. He feared doing worse damage to the hand Saturday, said his caddie for the day, friend Scott Caragher. But all was forgotten when Nagy rolled in a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 17, pulling into a tie with Harman.

Harman, a Savannah native and former University of Georgia golfer, tore through the back nine after a slow start. He made birdie on the par-5 10th and almost holed out on the par-3 12th before rolling in a short birdie putt to take the lead.

Both players made par on No. 18 and returned to the tee for a playoff. Harman's approach fell short and rested on the bulkhead bordering the water in front of the green. He chipped off the wood to about 20 feet and missed the par attempt.

"I mean, I shot 4 under on the back nine to get into a playoff," Harman said. "I'm real happy with that. It's all part of the learning experience."

Aiken native Alex Hamilton shot a final-round 67 to move up the leaderboard but missed the playoff by a stroke. A double-bogey at No. 14 slowed his run.

Nagy, a four-time All-American while at Charlotte, played four eTour events in 2010 after turning professional in July and missed cuts in two events on the Nationwide Tour. He reached the second round of PGA Tour qualifying in 2010.

"He knows it's a matter of time before he's playing on the PGA Tour," said Caragher, who earned a fast-food meal for his loop. "It's one step at a time. And this is a big step right here."

eGolf Professional Tour

Swiftwick Shootout

Friday, at Palmetto Hall Golf Club Robert Cupp Course; Par: 72; Yardage: 7,079; Purse: $200,102; a-amateur

Final round

x- Won on first playoff hole

1. x-Corey Nagy $31,175 66-70-69-71-276 -12

2. Brian Harman $16,743 70-67-70-69-276 -12

3. Alex Hamilton $13,123 69-71-70-67-277 -11

4. Jonathan Fricke $10,317 69-69-71-69-278 -10

5. Joe Daley $7,964.00 69-71-69-72-281 -7

5. Chris Baker $7,964 69-66-74-72-281 -7

7. Richard Scott $6,281.00 71-69-73-69-282 -6

8. Lanto Griffin $4,782.50 68-73-71-71-283 -5

8. Matt Davidson $4,782.50 65-70-76-72-283 -5

10. Chris Epperson $3,814.33 72-71-72-69-284 -4

10. Mark Anderson $3,814.33 72-68-73-71-284 -4

10. Darron Stiles $3,814.33 71-69-68-76-284 -4

13. Brian Anderson $3,455.00 66-72-73-74-285 -3

14. Andy Bare $2,977.75 71-74-68-74-287 -1

14. Stephen Poole $2,977.75 73-68-73-73-287 -1

14. David May $2,977.75 73-67-73-74-287 -1

14. Peter Malnati $2,977.75 69-70-74-74-287 -1

18. Phillip Mollica $2,567 71-74-71-72-288 E

18. Alan Wagner $2,567 73-69-73-73-288 E

18. Joey McLister $2,567 72-72-73-71-288 E

18. Derek Fathauer $2,567 69-71-77-71-288 E

22. Jon Micoff $2,224 73-70-73-73-289 +1

22. Craig Van Horn $2,224 70-73-73-73-289 +1

22. Julian Etulain $2,224 67-73-75-74-289 +1

22. Steve Saunders $2,224 74-68-73-74-289 +1

22. Nathan Stamey $2,224 70-72-75-72-289 +1

22. Kyle Bradley $2,224 71-73-70-75-289 +1

22. Scott Parel $2,224.00 74-70-73-72-289 +1

22. Cameron Yancey $2,224 73-67-80-69-289 +1

30. Tyler Riley $1,950.67 76-69-70-75-290 +2

30. Fernando Figueroa $1,950.67, *75-69-70-76-290 +2

30. Brad Brunner $1,950.67 73-69-70-78-290 +2

33. Paul Brown $1,688.88 67-74-74-76-291 +3

33. Joel Hendry $1,688.88 72-73-70-76-291 +3

33. Chris McCartin $1,688.88 73-71-73-74-291 +3

33. Sam Osborne $1,688.88 71-68-75-77-291 +3

33. Jonas Enander $1,688.88 71-73-75-72-291 +3

33. Fernando Mechereffe $1,688.88 74-71-74-72-291 +3

33. Clint Jensen $1,688.88 67-70-84-70-291 +3

33. Chris Parra $1,688.88 71-74-76-70-291 +3

41. David Markle $1,445 70-72-74-76-292 +4

41. Brett Stegmaier $1,445 71-70-73-78-292 +4

43. Gordon Strother $1,364.50 70-70-76-77-293 +5

43. Adam Long $1,364.50 75-70-73-75-293 +5

45. Kyle Peterman $1,308 74-70-78-72-294 +6

46. Dustin Bray $1,270.75 71-72-78-75-296 +8

46. Federico Celano $1,270.75 76-69-78-73-296 +8

46. Frank Adams III $1,270.75 71-74-80-71-296 +8

46. Seamus Power $1,270.75 71-74-82-69-296 +8

50. Thomas Smith $1,239 74-69-73-81-297 +9

51. Adam Webb $1,220 72-71-78-79-300 +12

51. Mikel Martinson $1,220 73-72-76-79-300 +12

53. Nick Geyer $1,203 69-73-86-73-301 +13

54. Kevin Grady $1,185 70-73-80-79-302 +14

54. Kyle Reifers $1,185 72-72-84-74-302 +14

56. Kevin Silva $1,163.00 69-74-76-86-305 +17

56. Reed Darsie $1,163 74-71-75-85-305 +17

58. Michael Henderson $1,150 72-72-81-81-306 +18

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