2005: Competition - Moore pays tribute in Pinehurst win

Pinehurst, N.C.

Sean Moore missed a short putt on the 36th hole to win the 105th North and South Amateur Championship. He wasn’t going to miss a 5-footer on No. 37.

Moore birdied the first extra hole and left Ryan Posey a runner-up for the second year in a row at Pinehurst No. 2. The Wake Forest junior joins former Demon Deacons Curtis Strange, Billy Andrade, Gary Hallberg, Jack Lewis, Billy Joe Patton and Joe Inman as North and South champions.

As he often does, the 20-year-old Moore wore knickers and a Ben Hogan-style hat in honor of the late Payne Stewart, who won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst just months before his death in an airplane accident.

“I first started wearing them when I was 5 or 6,” Moore told The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer. “Payne was my favorite golfer and I wanted to do everything like him. . . .

“Knowing I’ve won here now, where he (Stewart) won the ’99 Open, well, there’s a lot of emotion.”

Posey – an Oklahoma State junior who fell to Martin Ureta, 3 and 2, in last year’s North and South final – led by three after the first 18 holes, but Moore won the 20th and 23rd holes to close within one, then took a 1-up lead with birdies on the 29th and 30th holes. Posey, however, rallied with birdies on the 34th and 36th holes to pull even and force an extra hole.

On the 36th hole, with the hole location in the same position as the final round of the ’99 Open, Posey played an iron shot from the left rough to 15 feet below the hole. From the right rough, Moore then stuck his approach a few feet left of the hole.

Posey made his birdie putt, then Moore’s slippery putt broke just below the hole and lipped out, sending the match to the 37th hole.

This time, Posey’s approach came to rest 20 feet left of the hole, and Moore again hit his second shot inside of Posey, to 5 feet. Posey’s birdie putt slipped by the hole, then Moore knocked his putt into the center of the cup for the victory.

Posey defeated Wake senior and U.S. Walker Cup team member Kyle Reifers, 1 up, in Saturday’s semifinals. The match was a rematch of last year’s semis, when Posey needed 21 holes to advance. Moore defeated Eddie Peckels, a Notre Dame sophomore, in the other semifinal, 3 and 1.

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