Jenkins repeats as Carolinas Amateur champion
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Carter Jenkins, a rising sophomore at North Carolina-Greensboro, made it back-to-back wins in the 100th Carolinas Golf Association Amateur Championship Sunday on the Chanticleer course at Greenville Country Club.
It took a two-hole playoff to settle the winner of the championship as both defending champion Jenkins, a resident of Raleigh, N.C., and William Rainey of Charlotte, N.C., finished regulation play at 5-under 283.
Jenkins sunk a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to take the trophy.
With his victory, Jenkins becomes the ninth person in Carolinas Amateur history to accomplish the back-to-back feat. He also won last year at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort.
“He beat me with a birdie, so I can’t complain,” said Rainey, after rounds of 74-70-69-70. He went on to say that he didn’t keep track of what the other players were doing in the final round.
“I was playing my own game and I didn’t want to start pressing,” Rainey said. "After the final putt fell, I found out I was in a playoff.”
Jenkins, who posted rounds of 69-74-70-70, said he got off to a rough start with a triple on No. 2.
“That sort of threw me for a loop,” Jenkins said. “I managed to make a really good up and down on No. 3 from about 20 yards over the green, then on No. 4 I made a 10-footer for par and that settled me down.”
Heading into the playoff, Jenkins said he had to take a deep breath.
“There were some nerves during the playoff. I was probably most nervous on the tee on No. 9 – the first play-off hole.”
Jenkins was one-day shy of his 19th birthday and said winning the championship was a great way to celebrate.