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Franks wins Creed Junior for second CGA title in a row

Nathan Franks won his second straight CGA Junior tournament with a come from behind victory at the Creed Junior Invitational played at the Camden Country Club. (CGA Media Photo)

Nathan Franks started the final round of the Creed Junior Invitational trailing the leader by a shot.

He had Hilton Head’s Max Green and the rest of the field right where he wanted them.

In the second straight big Carolinas Golf Association junior tournament the junior from Roebuck spotted the field the lead and then methodically came from behind for the win.

The future Gamecock golfer won the first Mimosa Hills Junior in a playoff last month after coming from 2-shots off the lead in the final round of that tournament.

There was nothing magical about Franks’ final round. He shot a 1-over par 71, with 4- bogeys and 3-birdies.

He played steady determined golf. Evan when Green stretched his lead to 3-shots at the turn, Franks kept the pressure on the leader.

“I knew if I played well I would have a chance,” said Franks. “I struggled a little bit early and went three or four back. I just kept trying to hit fairways and greens, because this place is hard,” he said.

Max Green from Hilton Head had the lead going into the final round of the Creed Junior. (CGA Media Photo)

When Green doubled the 10th hole Franks birdie caught the leader.

“Max had a tough hole on No. 10, but then he birdied No. 11 which put him back to one shot ahead of me. We just went back and forth from there,” said Franks.

Playing five groups behind the leaders Colin Adams started the final round further back than Franks. By the 13th hole he had tied Green and was 1-shot in front of Franks.

The Charlotte golfer wasn’t able to maintain his pace and carded three bogeys in his final 5-holes to finish at 3-under par 67 for the day and even for the tournament.

When Green birdied the 11th hole he retook the lead, but 3-bogeys in his next 4-holes allowed Franks to go ahead again.

The tournament would be decided on the final hole.

Franks had a 1-shot lead over Green, his 30 foot birdie putt rolled well past the hole.

Green got out of a green side bunker and had a short putt left for his par.

“I thought he was going to make it. I was mentally preparing for a playoff,” he said.

Green’s par putt missed by inches and Franks claimed his second CGA title in as many attempts.

“It is a great championship to win and I am glad I won. It was a really fun week,” concluded the Creed Invitational champion.

Green and Adams were joined by Andrew Swanson from Bluffton and Carter Busse from Davidson in a 4-way tie for second place.

Complete scores available at https://cga.golfgenius.com/pages/2656329

 

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