BLUFFTON, S.C. – University of North Florida golfer Philip Knowles beat Bluffton’s Bryson Nimmer on the second playoff hole on Berkeley Hall Club’s North Course to win the 2017 Players Amateur championship Sunday.
Play was stopped for almost three and a half hours due to lightning storms. The remaining six groups finally resumed play at 4:19 pm.
Nimmer, a junior at Clemson, was on the 16th hole when play resumed. He birdied that hole and parred No. 17 before missing a par putt on No. 18 to force a sudden death playoff with Knowles.
The playoff hole was No. 18. They both parred it the first time around, but Nimmer bogeyed it the second time, and Knowles made his par putt for the win.
Knowles, from Bradenton, Florida, started the day four shots back and finished the round with seven birdies and no bogeys. He didn’t know he had just earned an exemption into the 2018 RBC Heritage until his caddy told him
“You dream of this. I started the day, I don’t know how many back, and you dream of going out there and playing one of the best rounds of your career,” Knowles said. “I made the putt, I looked at him, and he says you just qualified for your first PGA TOUR event. I have no words. I am excited to come back.”
Nimmer grew up in Bluffton and had a large gallery of fans. Many of them were still with him as he spoke to reporters after the round.
“This is my favorite tournament of the year. I enjoy being out here. Obviously, I love the course. I am looking forward to next year and hopefully I can do a little better,” Nimmer said. “I am setting a good example on the course, trying to have a good attitude no matter what. It makes it tough when things like that happen but I guess you have to keep going and keep pushing forward.”
Bananas beat Florence
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Savannah Bananas beat Florence 8-1 Saturday night for their second straight win. Savannah (18-17) got six strong innings from Bryan Cruse (Memphis) who improved to 5-0 on the year. He allowed six hits and one unearned run, while striking out six and not walking a batter.
Garrett Nelson (Long Beach State) led a 12-hit attack by going 3 for 4 with two RBI. Jakob Nunez was 3 for 5 with an RBI and Jake Howard was 1 for 4 with two RBI for Savannah.
The Bananas return to Grayson Stadium tonight to host Lexington at 7:05 p.m.
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