Bobcats finish top two; Deason takes third-
Indian Land, S.C. - June 16, 2011 - The final round of the NGA/Hooters Tour Carolina Summer Series event at Carolina Lakes Golf Club was played in Indian Land, S.C., but the finishing order had likely been seen before in a locker room in Milledgeville, Ga.
Joe Young, a former Georgia College & State golfer, outlasted his former teammate, Billy Shida, on Thursday to pick up his first win on the CSS. Young, of Cochran, Ga., shot a final-round 68 to finish at 10-under par.
“This is the greatest feeling, especially with this caliber of field,” said Young, who held a share of the lead after the second round. “I talked with my college coach and my swing coach last night. They told to stay in the moment and add it up at the end.”
Young’s 206 total added up to be one better than his former Bobcat teammate, but his focus for most of the day was on Chip Deason, who started the day two shots off the lead.
“Every time I looked up Chip was holding the pin and his putter,” Young said of the first-round leader. Deason, of Lexington, S.C., did pour in eight birdies, but four bogeys left the former University of Alabama golfer at 8-under par and solo third.
Shida, of Duluth, Ga., fired a Thursday-best 66 to move from T7 to second. After an opening par, Shida ran off three birdies in a row and finished the front side with a 4-under 32. The former Bobcat added two more birdies on Nos. 16 and 17, but his par at the 18th left him one shot shy of joining Young at 10-under par.
Young’s win was worth $3,535, but it may prove priceless for his confidence.
“I housed with Casey Wittenberg on the Pro Series a few weeks ago, and I got to pick his brain about what it takes to succeed at the professional level,” said Young, who has three starts as an NGA/Hooters Tour professional. “He said it boils down to posting a good score. That simple. I was able to do that this week and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season on the Carolina Series and playing in the remaining Pro Series events.”
Shida earned $1,775 for his runner-up effort, while Deason pocketed $1,375 for third.
Todd Murphy, of Phoenix, Ariz., carded a 3-under 69 to finish at 7-under par in fourth position. Murphy earned $1,275. Aaron Black (Kingscliff, Australia) finished fifth at 5-under par and earned $1,175.
John McAllister (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Casey Johnson (Augusta, Ga.) finished in a tie for sixth at 4-under par and made $1,037 each.
Nemaja Savic (Belgrade, Serbia), Dustin Adair (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Frederick Park (Sydney, Australia) finished T8 at 2-under par, while GCSU alumnus Francisco Bide (Milledgeville, Ga.) finished 11th at 1-under par.
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