Palmetto Amateur: Georgia’s Reach survives sudden death playoff

A sudden death playoff between the event’s past two second-place finishers decided the 2013 Palmetto Amateur.

Nicholas Reach defeated Scott Strohmeyer with a birdie on the second playoff hole.

Nicholas, 21, who completed his sophomore season at Georgia, shot a final-round 68 to tie Scott at the end of regulation at 5 under par.

Scott, 23, who completed his senior year for NCAA champion Alabama, also finished second in the Palmetto Amateur in 2009 and 2012.

Reach lost in a playoff in 2011.

Both players bogeyed the first playoff hole, the 16th. Scott missed his birdie putt at 17, setting up Reach’s winning putt.

Elgin’s Ben Fogler, son of former USC basketball coach Eddie Fogler, finished third at 4 under. Second-round leader Sam Love shot a final-round 72 to finish fourth at 3 over.

The 2013 Palmetto Amateur was shortened to 54 holes due to Friday’s heavy rain.

From Staff Reports