Carson Young spent two-and-a-half days just getting used to conditions at Charlotte Country Club.
The 17-year-old tore up the course on Sunday, making up a six-stroke deficit on the final day to win the 98th Carolinas Amateur golf tournament in his first try.
Young, a rising high school senior in Pendleton, S.C., shot a tournament-low 7-under-par 64 in the final round to finish at 8-under 276, two shots better than defending champion and third-round leader Scott Harvey of Greensboro.
“That’s my best round ever,” said Young, last year’s Carolinas Golf Association junior boys player of the year. “That’s not too bad for the first time.”
Young, who has made a verbal commitment to Clemson, shot 70-74 in the first two rounds of the tournament, with six birdies and eight bogeys (six in Friday’s second round). But he finished Saturday’s third round with four birdies on the final six holes for a 3-under 68 to climb into a tie for seventh.
“I was involved in another tournament last week, so I didn’t get to play a practice round here,” Young said. “Those first couple of days, I was just trying to figure things out. But things started to come to me (Saturday).”
Young opened Sunday’s final round with five birdies on the front nine to climb into contention, and added back-nine birdies on the 10th, 14th and 18th holes.
Meanwhile, Harvey – trying to become the first back-to-back tourney winner since Morganton’s Matt Peterson in 1987-88 – had problems after taking a three-stroke lead into the final day.
Harvey had four birdies and a pair of bogeys on the front nine to stay in front, but he bogeyed the 13th, 15th and 16th holes – the last two by missing 3-foot par putts – to open the door for Young.
“The scorecard (on the front nine) looked good, but I was struggling,” said Harvey, who shot a 1-over 72 Sunday to finish at 278. “The first three days, I was playing out of the fairway, but (Sunday) I was playing out of the rough all day. It’s harder to have a good round here playing that way.
“I was kinda on edge all day – the normal Sunday stuff when you’re trying to win. It’s nothing I’m not used to, but the guy (Young) had a hell of a round to beat me.”
Zachary Edmondson of Morrisville shot 67 in Sunday’s final round to finish third at 281. Three players – Jordan Walor of Wake Forest, first-round leader Chris Gies II of Charlotte and 2010 champion Logan Harrell of Huntersville, all shooting 70 in the final day – tied for fourth at 282.