By Michael Smith
Adam Langford won’t have to qualify for next year’s South Carolina Amateur after all.
The Murrells Inlet golfer fired a final round 3-under par 69 Sunday to finish at 72-76-74-69—291 to finish in solo 12th place in the S.C. Golf Association Amateur Championship at Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer Course.
Langford was tied for 24th with seven other players heading into Saturday’s round, but in weekend that saw hot scoring, he moved up 12 places on the leaderboard, earning a $110 gift card.
More importantly, the Murrells Inlet player earned an exemption into the 2016 state amateur, which will be contested a little closer to home—DeBordieu Club in Georgetown.
Langford carded five birdies en route to shooting 69 on the par72, 6,819-yard Robert Trent Jones, Sr. layout. He only had one double bogey over the course of the four-day competition.
Interestingly, he bogeyed two of the Chanticleer’s four par 5s in the final round. Langford bogeyed three other par 5s in the first three rounds.
Langford was the only Grand Strand golfer in the field.
Keenan Huskey, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina, ran away from the field, shooting 68-67-68-66—269 to finish at 19-under and winning by nine shots.
Langford qualified for the state amateur after shooting a 1-over par 73 during a sectional tournament July 8 at Lack Marion Golf Club in Santee.
He was among 23 players making the 18-hole cut. It took a 2-over par 74 or better to qualify for the state amateur.