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Nottingham in North-South Final

William Nottingham won two matches on Thursday to earn a spot in the finals of the North & South Championship in Pinehurst. (File Photo)

Clemson’s rising sophomore William Nottingham survived a 22 hole match in the semi-finals to earn a chance to play for the championship of the North & South Amateur in Pinehurst.

Nottingham defeated two top college and amateur golfers to advance in the 117th edition of the classic amateur event.

Nottingham defeated Chris Petefish in a quarter final match 4&3.

Petefish is a Georgia Tech golfer who won the recent Azalea Amateur in Charleston.

In his second match of the day Nottingham needed 22 holes before he was able to defeat Alex Smalley.

Smalley is a rising junior at Duke who helped the Blue Devils win the ACC Championship this past spring. He was the medalist at last year’s US Amateur at Oakland Hills.

Nottingham, an All-ACC Academic team member, rolled in a 7-foot par putt to win the match and earn the right to play for the championship.

Nottingham will take on James Anstiss of New Zealand who played college golf at South East Louisiana.

The North & South Amateur has been won by a collection of Hall of Fame golfers.

Francis Ouimet, Jack Nicklaus, Hal Sutton, Corey Pavin and Curtis Strange all have won the tournament.

The Carolinas greatest amateur Billy Joe Patton won the tournament three times.

South Carolina Golf Association Hall of Fame golfers Jack Lewis won the championship in 1968 while Charles Dudley of Greenville won the title in 1947.

The clubhouse at Pinehurst displays a great deal of historic memorabilia connected with the North & South as well as the other championships played at the course.

“Everything about this tournament is special,” Nottingham said. “I went into the North & South Locker Room one day and just looked at all the lockers. I had to take a picture of Francis Ouimet’s locker. I mean, that’s crazy. Francis Ouimet won this tournament. The history here is just crazy to think about,” he said.

If Nottingham can win the tournament he would become the second Clemson golfer to earn the title. Phillips Mollica from Anderson won the championship in 2007.

The final match begins at 7 AM on the famous Pinehurst #2 course.

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