Final-round results of the 114th Southern Amateur Championship of the Southern Golf Association hosted by Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, TX on Saturday, July 18, 2020 (7445 yards, par-72, 77.4/152).
SMU’s McClure Meissner set the tone of his victorious day, fighting hard, to claim the 114th Southern Amateur Championship title after the first hole playoff. Making seven birdies (Nos. 1-2, 6, 8, 12-14) Meissner shot a successful six-under 66 and an overall 281 (-7).
“When I woke up, I was about six or seven shots back, so I didn’t expect to catch the leaders today,” Meissner told the Southern Golf Association. “I told myself to keep being aggressive, giving myself looks.”
Things took an interesting turn when Illinois State’s David Perkins buried a chip for eagle on hole No. 16, emerging to the top, tied for the lead alongside Meissner. Perkins bogeyed the first playoff hole and lipped out a 4-footer to stand second.
“Yesterday wasn’t my best, but I battled,” Perkins said. “Today, Hole 16 was a really cool moment for me, so far, in my career. That was one of my best shots.”
Both Meissner and Perkins are exempt into the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship, conducted by the USGA. The Championship will be held at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on Aug. 10-16, 2020.
Standing third place, Oklahoma University’s Quade Cummins posted a two-under 70. Toward the end, his birdies on holes No. 12 and 18 boosted his name on the leaderboard. Overall, he posted five-under 283.
“I kind of got off to a shaky start in the final round,” Cummins said. “I am very happy with shooting three rounds under par, out at Maridoe. You have to be on top of your game to play well out here.”
Final Round Notes:
Field average score: 74.6
Players broke par: 12
Easiest Hole: #6, 352 yards, par-4 (3.79)
Hardest Hole: #7, 585 yards, par-5 (5.51)
The winner of the Southern Amateur Championship receives a silver medal; their name engraved on the George W. Adair Trophy, which is enshrined in the Bob Jones Room of the Atlanta Athletic Club; a Calamity Jane putter; a five-year exemption into the Southern Amateur Championship; and an exemption into the 120th U.S. Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
For more information about the Southern Amateur Championship, including hole-by-hole scoring, please visit https://www.southerngolf.org/southern-amateur.
About the Southern Golf Association (SGA)
The Southern Golf Association, founded in 1902, is one of the oldest golf organizations and serves member clubs over a 15-state area. Recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and Regional Golf Associations as one of the leaders in the promotion of Amateur Golf, SGA championships are selected for inclusion as criteria for selecting players for USGA and State team competitions. Through the years, SGA Champions have been chosen to represent various state golf associations in selected team competitions, including the Walker Cup and World Amateur. The SGA is host to the Southern Junior Championship as well as the Southern Amateur Championship and hosts the international award, the “Amateur of the Month”, to a deserving amateur golfer on a monthly basis.
For more information about the Southern Golf Association, visit www.southerngolf.org
This championship is conducted by the Southern Golf Association