Gene Berchiatti chased defending champion Todd Hendley until the final two holes before he was able to move ahead of the two-time champion and claim his first South Carolina Golf Association Senior Amateur title.
The winner shot a 3-under par 69 in the final round to win the title by three shots.
Berchiatti had kept the leaders in sight for the first 36 holes at the Dataw Island Club. He trailed the leaders by one shot at the end of each of the first two rounds.
The Greenville golfer survived a strong start by Hendley in the final round. The Thornblade Club golfer opened a three shot lead over Berchiatti with a 4-under par 32 on the front nine.
Berchiatti birdied the 13th hole to pull within one shot and got even with Hendley when the leader bogeyed the fifteenth hole.
Another Hendley bogey on the 17th hole put Berchiatti in the lead and a birdie on the final hole helped up the margin of victory to three shots.
The victory in the Senior Amateur was the first major SCGA title for Berchiatti.
Hendley finished in second place with second round leader Walter Todd in third. Eddie Hargett held on to fourth place