LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Former Dartmouth star Peter Williamson sank a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to claim the Southern Amateur title over world No. 1 amateur Bobby Wyatt at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Ark.
Wyatt rallied from four shots back Saturday on the back nine of Chenal’s Bear Den Course to force the playoff.
Williamson and Wyatt began the day tied and each shot a final round 5-under, 67, as did playing partner Daniel Berger – who missed the playoff by one stroke and finished third.
The win qualifies Williamson for the Arnold Palmer Invitational next spring in Orlando, Fla., – provided he remains an amateur.
Talor Gooch of Oklahoma City and John Catlin of Gold River, Calif., finished tied for fourth, 12 shots behind the leaders.
eGolf Tour: Raleigh’s Chesson Hadley shot a 1-under-par 71 to finish at 17-under at the River Landing Open at Wallace to claim his first eGolf Tour championship with a four-shot victory over David Robinson and Alan Wagner.
The win, worth $18,000, pushed Hadley’s 2012 earnings to $70,210 on the year, good for second on the eGolf Tour money list, trailing only Drew Weaver of High Point.
Celebrity Golf Championship: Actor Jack Wagner and former pitcher Mark Mulder shared the lead late Friday after the first round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.
NFL kicker Ryan Longwell was in third, and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and hockey Hall-of-Famer Brett Hull were tied for fourth at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Wagner – the defending champion, two-time winner and the only non-professional athlete to have won the tournament in its 22 years – had three birdies to offset two bogeys for his total of 22 points in the modified Stableford scoring system. Mulder, whose best finish in two previous tournaments was 14th in 2010, had four birdies to go with four bogeys.
Romo, who narrowly lost to Wagner last year, birdied the final hole to climb within striking distance.
Romo had 20 points.