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2012 Golfweek Amateur Tour Championship in Hilton Head, SC!

Christian Vozza wins shoot the lowest 54 hole total ever to win the Golfweek Amateur Tour National Championship! 

Christian Vozza of Orlando, FL fires a 6 under par 54 hole score to win by seven strokes.  Christian finished in second place by four shots to last years winner Jim Aughtry but hoisted the championship trophy for 2012.   His first two rounds consisted of 10 birdies which led to a 71-69=140 two day total.  Vozza’s closest competitor going into the final round was Joe Jaspers of Charlotte, NC three shots back at one under par 143.  Day one was played at Arthurs Hills in Palmetto Dunes and the final two rounds were played at the Ocean course in SeaPines Plantation, a new course addition to the championship.  

Day three saw Jaspers close the gap to only one shot as he birdied the third hole and Vozza bogied.  Vozza immediately righted the ship with birdies at 4th, 5th and 8th holes and never looked back again.  Jeremy Guilbeau from the South Louisiana tour fired the low round of the day, 69 which vaulted him past many players and an overall fifth place finish.  Joe Jaspers did finish in second place at 217 and Cade Hebert of South Louisiana and Jay Barnes from Charlotte tied at 218.

Top honors in the A Flight went to Michael Tucker of the Tidewater, VA Tour, shooting a three day total of 229.  Tucker jumped out early 74-79-76 and made this the third year in a row that a Tidewater player has won the A flight national crown.  Tucker double bogied the 14th on the Trent Jones and TZ Jia moved to within one shot but then Tucker true to his championship form came back with a bounce back birdie on the par five 15th.   Pars at the 17th & a8th holes sealed the National Crown for Tucker.  TZ Jia from the DC Metro tour finished in second place three shots back.  Jia shot 75-78-79 for a total of 232 and then the Orlando tour grabbed the next four spots.  Michel Dionfinished third at 234 then Ed Paterniti fourth at 236 and in fifth place tie was John Marshall and Mark Farrow at 237.

The B Flight Champion saw the largest final day comeback of the weekend as Devan Lawrence of the Charleston, SC Tour overcame a seven shot deficit to win by three. Lawrence fired 83-78-79 for a final total of 240 and went right by Keith Carter of South Louisiana who finished in second place with a strong three day total of 243.  Billy Lackey from the DC Metro Tour finished sols third at 248 while Bob Sheahan from Raleigh-Pinehurst and Thomas Russell a Michigan East player tied at 251.

In the C Flight we saw the only sudden death playoff of the Tour Championship.  After 54 holes Henry Lech from Raleigh-Pinehurst and David Hutchinson of the DC Metro Tour stood ties at 256.  The playoff was held at the Arthur Hills Palmetto Dunes course as both players went back out to the par five 18th hole.  With more than 200 other players watching both players hit good drives off the tee and as David Hutchinson laid up perfectly on his second shot Lech decided to go for the green in two.  Letched ripped his three wood to the fringe but preceded to knock his eagle putt 15 feet by the hole.  Hutchinson rolled his 40 foot birdie put to within 5 feet for par.  With the crowd watching all around the green now Letched coolly rolled his fifteen foot putt right into the center for the birdie and the C flight National Championship.  After the round that he regrets he won’t be able attend the Championship next season as he is in the Army and will be deploying to Afghanistan next fall.  Erik Edie from Charlestonfinished in third with 259 followed by Seth McDuffie from Tampa, Fl at 256.

Chuck Aardahl became the second Tidewater, VA National Champion in 2012 as he won the D Flight by four shots.  Aardahl posted 86-91-93 for a three day victory total of 270 which was highlighted by when he flew a wedge in the hole on the 17th at Robber’s Row on Sunday.  Mark Sikes of the Charlotte Tour finished in second at 274 while Larry Schofield from Columbus, OH and Tom Haddad of Columbia, SC tied at 275.  Rounding out the top five spots was again a Tamp player as Po Lehman finished at 277.

In Team Cup Competition, the Tidewater Tour completed the "Three Peat" by beating out Charlotte by sixteen shots.  Orlando, FL finished in third, while South Louisiana was fourth and Charleston, SC it’s best ever team finish in fifth.

This marked the seventh straight year the Golfweek Amateur Tour has hosted its National Tour Championship on Hilton Head Island. This year's field of 680 golfers was the largest Tour Championship ever and was held on seven Hilton Head courses: CC of Hilton Head, Oyster Reef Golf Club, Robber’s Row, Arthur Hills Palmetto Hall, the Ocean course at SeaPines and Trent Jones and Arthur Hills courses at Palmetto Dunes Resort.

For the fourth season, the Golfweek Amateur Tour has raised money as a team for Stand Up for Cancer in memory of Roger Mitterling, a fellow tour director who passed away 2009 from this terrible disease. Including money raised during the 2012 National Tour Championship, the Golfweek Amateur Tour and members have raised over $45,000, making the Tour’s team one of the top five fundraising teams for Stand Up to Cancer in the country.

In last years Tour Championship we had 3 hole-in-ones this year was a first ever double eagle on Sunday.  Wayne McKenney made the remarkable shot on the 4th hole at The Ocean course as he hit drive off the tee then from 260 plus yards knock another driver into the hole for a two.

Golfweek Amateur Tour

2012 National Championship

Hilton Head, SC

Championship Flight:

Christian Vozza (Orlando)                  71-69-70=210

Joe Jaspers (Charlotte)                        69-74-74=217

Cade Hebert (South Louisiana)          76-69-73=218

Jay Barnes (Charlotte)                        72-72-74=218

Jeremy Guilbeau (South Louisiana)    75-76-69=220

Jim Gallagher (Tidewater, VA)          78-71-73=222

Mike Little (Tidewater, VA)              76-71-75=222

Josh Earnest (Cincinnati)                    77-75-72=224

Chris Tuttle (Tidewater)                     74-74-77=225

Ed McDugle (Memphis)                     77-75-75=227

A Flight:

Michael Tucker (Tidewater, VA)        74-79-76=229

TZ, Jia (Washington, DC)                   75-78-79=232

Michel Dion (Orlando)                       77-77-80=234

Ed Paterniti (Orlando)                        76-83-77=236

John Marshall (Orlando)                     79-80-78=237

Mark Farrow (Orlando)                      76-83-78=237

Kevin Dick (Columbus, OH)              79-80-78=237

Howard Tomlinson (Hilton Head)      82-77-79=238

Tom Dillon (Orlando)                         78-82-79=239

Danny Garrison (Upstate, SC)            81-81-79=241

B Flight:

Devan Lawrence (Charleston, SC)     83-78-79=240

Keith Carter (South Louisiana)           78-76-89=243

Billy Lackey (Washington DC)          86-83-79=248

Bob Sheahan (Raleigh-Pinehurst)       85-85-81=251

Thomas Russell (Michigan East)         84-83-84=251

Seth Straughn (Augusta, GA)            85-82-85=252

Derwin Pitre (South Louisiana)          84-85-84=253

Greg Moses (Myrtle Beach)                86-83-85=254

David Slawson (Tidewater, VA)        83-81-90=254

Seth Crisp (Kentucky)                        83-83-90=256

C Flight:

Henry Lech (Raleigh-Pinehurst)         83-89-84=256 (Won in sudden-death playoff)

David Hutchinson (Washington DC) 87-88-81=256

Erik Eadie (Charleston, SC)               87-87-85=259

Seth McDuffie (Tampa FL)                86-90-89=265

Steve Packard (Mississippi)                91-90-85=266

Larry Hinson (Charlotte, NC)             93-90-83=266

John Torres (Charlotte, NC)               91-83-92=266

Mike Lenett (Washington DC)           82-91-93=266

Mark Mayes (Tidewater, VA)            91-86-90=267

Matt Crates (Charlotte, NC)               91-88-88=267

D Flight:

Chuck Aardahl (Tidewater, VA)        86-91-93=270

Mark Sikes (Charlotte, NC)                86-91-97=274

Larry Schofield (Columbus, OH)       91-94-90=275

Tom Haddad (Columbia, SC)             94-91-90=275

PO Lehman (Tampa, FL)                    90-97-90=277

Manny Navarro (Phoenix, AZ)         101-95-85=281

William Hinson (Columbia, SC)         92-92-98=282

Kirk Asche (Tampa, FL)                     90-98-95=283

Ken Mutzabaugh (Washington, DC)  94-99-93=286

Charlie Triplett (Tidewater, VA)        96-95-96=287

Team Cup Totals:

Tidewater, VA                                    822-828-843=2493

Charlotte, NC                                     827-838-844=2509

Orlando, FL                                        843-843-851=2537

South Louisiana                                  843-844-869=2556

Charleston, SC                                    858-858-863=2579

Michigan East                                     868-857-864=2589

Columbus, OH                                    856-886-858=2600

Raleigh-Pinehurst, NC                        878-850-885=2613

Washington DC Metro                       852-868-897=2617

Augusta, GA                                       882-876-878=2636                            

Nashville, TN                                      857-888-891=2636

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