There was social distancing on the golf course, but there was none on the leader board in the final round of the Carolinas Golf Associations 106th championship.
It took a final round 5-under par 67 by Lansdon Robbins to squeeze by Peter Fountain and Walker Jones by one shot to win the CGA Major.
“It was a battle all day. It was back and forth,” Robbins said. “Walker and Peter both played great. I knew playing those last five holes at even par wasn’t going to win it. I would have liked to get a couple more birdies than just one, but it was good enough. I was able to get ahead, hold off the competition and get the job done,” said the winner.
There never was much separation between the three golfers during the 72 hole championship played at the Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington.
Robbins held a one shot lead after the first round. Fountain claimed a two shot lead after the second round.
Jones shot a third round 6-under par 66 to move into second place, one shot behind Fountain going into the final round.
The three golfers held their place on the front nine as they each shot 2-under par 34s.
Robbins, a UNC Wilmington golfer, made three birdies on the back nine and was finally able to catch Fountain when the incoming UNC golfer bogeyed the 14th hole.
Robbins birdied 15 to break out of a tie with Jones to take the lead just as bad weather suspended play.
The golfers were off the course for around 90 minutes. When they returned Robbins faced a must make par putt on the 16th hole.
“Standing over a three-footer on No. 16 for an hour-and-half is not the best scenario to be in,” he said. “I was just able to relax for a little bit and get focused to go back out,” added Robbins.
Fountain got a shot back with a birdie on the 17th hole, but Robbins parred his last two holes to win the CGA title.
It was Robbins second win in the last few weeks. He finished on top of the Golfweek Myrtle Beach Challenge at the Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course.
“It’s been a rough past year-and-a-half or so with injuries and all the stuff that happened this past season with it getting cancelled,” Robbins said. “I only had two opportunities to play in tournaments this summer, and I won them both, so I think I took advantage of a weird summer pretty well,” he concluded.
Jones and Fountain finished in a tie for second place.
While some scores were a little higher in the final round, 28 of the final 49 golfers finished the tournament at even par or better on the Donald Ross designed course.
The 2021 Carolinas Amateur will be played at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville. Dates for the 107th Carolinas Amateur Championship will be July 8-11.
Complete scores from the Carolinas Am are available at https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/2568361
The CGA contributed to this report.