A little too much juice on a 9-iron into the final hole almost cost Carson Young the chance to play in the upcoming BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX.
Young held the first round lead in the special 36-hole qualifying tournament for members of the Thornblade All-Stars.
The All-Stars are a group of aspiring pros who play and practice at the club that will host the upcoming Korn-Ferry Tour stop in the upstate.
The former Clemson golfer shot a 5-under par 66 in the opening round to hold a 3-shot lead over former FSU golfer Bennett Baker.
“I putted pretty well,” said Young. “I had some par saves and a couple of long birdies, I just putted well,” he said.
In the second round the wind kicked up and with only a couple of exceptions so did the scores.
Young gave back two shots with a pair of bogeys on the front nine.
“It seemed like all I was doing all day was lag putting,” he recalled
Retired 5-time Korn-Ferry Tour winner Kyle Thompson from Greenville closed in on Young with a second round 4-under par 67 to finish at 141 and carding the best second round.
Baker was able to stay with Young for much of the round until the 2-time SCGA Amateur champ birdied holes 15 and 16 to get back in front of the field by 3-shots.
After a par on 17 Young’s tee shot on the final hole missed the fairway leaving him with an awkward stance with his feet well above the ball.
Young airmailed the green into the pine straw where the tournament skyboxes will be set up. He was left with a lengthy pitch shot.
Young gave back 2-shots closing out his round with a double bogey on 18, but still was able to win the spot in the BMW tournament by a shot over Baker.
“I have not played in the BMW before so I’m looking forward to it,” said Young. “I’m glad I had a little cushion there at the end because I needed it,” he added.
Young shot rounds of 66-73 139, Baker shot a 2-under par 69 in the final round for a 140 total. Thompson finished 3rd after posting a 4-under par 67 for a two-day total of 141.
Young has attempted to Monday qualify into 5-Korn-Ferry Tour events without success. He played in the season opening tournament in Puerto Rico after earning the spot with his second place finish in last year’s Local iQ series
The BMW tournament may be the only event on the Korn-Ferry Tour without a Monday qualifier.
The two-day tournament won by Young actually was for a sponsor exemption.
The event has set aside one of its limited exemptions for Thornblade to give to the winner of the All-Star tournament. Other sponsor exemptions will be announced at a date closer to the tournament.
Even though Young has secured a spot in the BMW tournament he intends to see if he can get into another tournament before the BMW.
“I’m going to try to Monday qualify for Knoxville and then probably play some mini tour tournaments until the BMW begins on June 7th.
Tournament information is available at https://www.bmwgroup-werke.com/spartanburg/en/charity-golf.html/
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