William Harwood Interview
Sawyer Mills Interview
Harwood leads SC Am going into final round
William Harwood seems to be stuck on a number.
In each of the three rounds of the South Carolina Golf Association Amateur being played at the Dataw Island Club near Beaufort Harwood has put the same numbers up on the scoreboard.
The Elon University golfer followed up a first round 5-under par 66, with a second round 5-under par 66 and completed his third round, at you guessed it, 5-under par 66.
“I just tried to stay patient all day,” said the leader. “When I had a good number I tried to capitalize on it. My short range putting has been good for me this week,” Harwood said.
It was a little easier to just play golf in the third round after fighting rain and wind the first two days. Thursday’s first round had to be completed on Friday morning and Friday’s second round forced golfers to complete their second round before starting the third round on Saturday.
When the third round began Harwood was tied with Jake Carter from Aiken. Carter led the first round with a 66 and followed it up with a second round 68, but struggled in the third round carding a 4-over par 75.
“I just couldn’t make any putts today,” said Carter. “It is out there. If you can hit fairways it opens things up and you can make birdies, I just didn’t hit enough fairways today,” he said.
The third member of the final group, Winthrop University golfer Sawyer Mills shot a 5-under par 66 in the second round to begin the third round in third place.
Mills made the turn at 1-over par, but got his putter going on the back nine. He made four birdies on the back nine to post a 3-under par 68 and move into second place.
“On the back I made four stress free birdies,” said Mills. “I have been pretty solid within 10 feet. My wedge play has been giving me a chance to make some birdies,
The final round will feature the same three golfers in the final group. Harwood takes a four shot lead into the last round leaving Mills and Carter with some ground to make up in a hurry.
“I just can’t get ahead of myself and I have to play really good golf. I can’t make any mistakes and I have to hit better shots,” said Mills.
Carter has to make up nine shots, but his play this week has allowed him to believe it could be done.
“I have to hit more fairways. If you can hit fairways the greens open up and you can make birdies. So the key I to hit more fairways if I am to make a run,” said Carter.
Current Gamecock golfer Caleb Proveaux and recent Wofford grad Jeremy Grab are tied for fourth place. They trail the leader by 10 shots.
Harwood has put himself in position to win at 15 under par, but adding another 5-under par 66 to his total would almost certainly earn him his first SCGA title.
The rising senior at Elon expects to play the final round the way he has played the first 54 holes of the state championship.
“I don’t have a number in mind. One of my goals for tomorrow (final round) is to play the course not the field. I can only do what I can do out there and as long as I give my best we will see what happens at the end of the round,” said Harwood.
The leaders will tee off at 9:50, Sunday morning.
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