Auburn golfer Ben Schlottman (Advance, N.C.), the Southeastern Conference’s freshman of
the year, fired a final-round 4-under-par 66 and captured the Palmetto Amateur title Saturday at
Aiken’s Palmetto Golf Club.
Schlottman, who finished second in the SEC championship, began the day three shots off the
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pace set by Austin Langdale (Townville), but Langdale, a rising junior at Clemson, made triple
bogey on the fifth hole and never recovered. Schlottman finished four tours of Palmetto in 8-
Another Clemson golfer, Billy Kennerly (Alpharetta, Ga.), provided the biggest challenge
down the stretch, making five birdies on the back nine en route to a 65. But he fell two strokes
short at 274 of the champion, who highlighted his round with three back-nine birdies to secure
the victory in the first event of the national summer amateur schedule.
Dane Burkhart (Aiken), who led USC Aiken to three NCAA Division II national titles in the
mid-1990s, climbed to a tie for third at 277 with a closing 68. Playing in his first tournament
since regaining his amateur status, Burkhart moved steadily up the leader board after an opening
75. Sean Kelly (Bradenton, Fla.), a rising senior at South Carolina, shared third after closing with
Todd White, the 47-year-old high school instructor from Spartanburg, bolstered his chances
to earning one of the mid-amateur spots on the U.S. Walker Cup team by sharing fifth place at
279 with J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla.) and Langdale. White, who made the U.S. team in
2013, won the Azalea Invitational during the spring and last month teamed with Nathan Smith to
win the U.S. Men’s Four-Ball title.
Only six players broke par Saturday and only seven bettered par for four rounds.
Palmetto Amateur Leaders
272 — Ben Schlottman (Advance, N.C.), 69-64-73-66; 274 — Billy Kennerly (Alpharetta, Ga.)
66-69-74-65; 277 — Dane Burkhart (Aiken), 75-65-69-68; 277 — Sean Kelly (Bradenton, Fla.), 71-
68-67- 71; 279 — Todd White (Spartanburg), 67-70-74-68; 279 — Austin Langdale (Townville),
66-68-69-76; 279 — J.D. Tomlinson (Gainesville, Fla), 66-73-69-71; 281 — Ben Griffin (Chapel
Hill, N.C.), 68-71-72-70; 281 — Zack Jaworski (Alpharetta, Ga.), 71-68-71-71; 281 — Matthew
Perrine (Austin, Tex.), 71-68-71-71; 281 — William Gordon (Davidson, N.C.), 71-71-66-73; 282
— Anthony Quayle (Australia), 65-71-77-69; 283 — David Kocher (Charlotte), 65-72-73-73; 284
— Danny Walker (Bradenton, Fla.), 71-71-69-73; 284 — Nathan Mallonee (Lexington, Ga.),