Nick Mayfield wins South Carolina amateur match play

Nick Mayfield wins South Carolina amateur match play

Nick Mayfield (Carolinas Golf Assoc. photo)

On a perfect Sunday at Rock Hill (SC) Country Club, Nick Mayfield of Rock Hill, SC was crowned the 50th South Carolina Amateur Champion on his home course. The Winthrop University golfer played excellent golf throughout group play and the bracket game, earning him a 7-0 record on the week in his games.

“I hit a lot of fairways and greens. It’s been my home course all my life, so I had a little edge,” Mayfield said. “I just tried to hit it as long as possible in the fairways, to hit as many greens as possible and leave no holes.”

The win marked Mayfield’s first Carolinas Golf Association championship, which couldn’t have come at a sweeter time than Father’s Day. Mayfield’s parents left early from a vacation in Hawaii just to see him play his final two games, and were able to be there to celebrate the title with Nick.

In the championship game, Mayfield was on cruise control, beating Andrew Swanson of Bluffton, SC, who won second, 4 and 2. Mayfield birdied holes three and four to take a two lead over Swanson and hasn’t looked back. .

“It was huge to get up early against Andrew,” Mayfield said. “It felt good to get up in the game and stay ahead all the time.”

Mayfield lost just one hole due to an impressive birdie from Swanson on par 3, No. 12. Mayfield and Swanson each made par on the next three holes before a birdie conceded on the 16th which earned at Mayfield the Championship.

In his semifinal match, Mayfield defeated Walt Todd Jr. of Greenville, SC 2, in a match that took all 18 holes to decide a winner. After being two in 12 holes, Mayfield rallied by winning five of the last six holes. A birdie on the No. 18 sealed Mayfield’s comeback victory.

His quarterfinals and round of 16 were a little less stressful, beating Brady Hinkle of Lancaster, SC 4&3 and former college teammate Mason Tucker of Lancaster, SC, 3&2.

This year’s tournament was contested in a new format similar to the WGC Match Play Championship on the PGA Tour. It featured great competition from amateurs of all ages across South Carolina. With the talent on the pitch, Mayfield was delighted to emerge victorious.

“Winning is huge, it means a lot. Junior Match Play was back here in 2018 and I didn’t get the result I wanted at the time,” Mayfield said. “So when I saw the schedule at the start of the year that it was going to be here, I knew I wanted to take advantage of it and I had a good chance of winning. That means everything to me.”

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ABOUT South Carolina Amateur Match Play

The championship format is 36 holes of stroke play to determine 32 qualifiers for match play. The defending champion is ranked number one for match play if otherwise eligible.

Registration is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday, is a legal resident of South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) member club, and has an active GHIN® . USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 7.4.

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