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City Amateur: College golfer rallies on Quail Hollow course set up much like PGAs

William & Mary golfer Will Stewart topped off his summer by winning the Charlotte City Amateur on Sunday at Quail Hollow Club.
William & Mary golfer Will Stewart topped off his summer by winning the Charlotte City Amateur on Sunday at Quail Hollow Club. Correspondent

It was a memorable way to end the summer for Will Stewart. A collegiate player about to head back to school, Stewart topped off his summer competition Sunday by winning the Charlotte City Amateur at Quail Hollow Club.

Stewart shot a final round 1-over 72 at Quail Hollow, which was set up much like the final round of the PGA Championship, to come from two shots behind to catch and pass second-round leader Stephen Woodard and win his first City Am.

“It’s really cool to win this championship, especially here at Quail Hollow,” said Stewart, 21, a rising junior at William & Mary. “To have played right after the pros played here and to reflect on what they did was really terrific.”

Stewart’s 72 went with a 1-under 70 at Cedarwood Country Club on Friday and an even-par 71 at Carmel Country Club’s North Course on Saturday for a 54-hole total of even-par 213.

Woodard finished second, one shot behind Stewart, with a final round 75 at Quail Hollow after leading at the 36-hole mark with rounds of 71 at Cedarwood and 68 at Carmel North.

Stewart started the final round slowly, making bogeys on two of his first five holes. But his round turned as he approached the turn, making birdies on the par-5 7th, the par-4 8th and the long par-4 9th to complete the outward half in 1-under 34.

Stewart and Woodard were tied going into the back nine. The pair swapped the lead back and forth until Stewart’s par at the treacherous par-3 17th and Woodard’s bogey put Stewart in the lead for good.

“I hit a lot of solid shots on the back nine,” Stewart said.

Leaderboard

Final round scores from the Charlotte City Amateur, played at Quail Hollow Club:

Will Stewart 70-71-72—213

Stephen Woodard 71-68-75—214

Walker Simas 71-69-76—216

John Eades 75-71-71—216

Brett Boner 76-70-72—218

Matt Kilgo 71-71-76—218

Henry Shimp 72-71-76—219

Joe Jaspers 72-74-73—219

Jake McGlone 75-72-74—221

Bailey Patrick 71-71-79—221

Chad Foltz 69-76-75—221

Steven Sherck 76-70-76—222

Chad Wilfong 73-74-76—223

Jay Barnes 73-74-76—223

Nick Karageorgos 79-67-77—223

Mayson Petty 71-72-81—224

Brandon Shaver 74-75-77—226

Banks Wood 78-70-81—229

Randy Dockins 77-73-80—230

Levi Kettlehut 75-75-80—230

Scott Burnett 74-73-83—230

Joe Alvarez 73-75-84—232

Chris Sharp 73-77-83—233

Andrew Smith 71-75-83—239

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