Savannah Country Day’s Reed Lotter acquired a likelihood to tee it up with the pros for the very first time in March, when he played in the Korn Ferry Tour’s Club Automobile Championship at The Landings Club.
The increasing senior missed the slice playing on The Landing’s Club Deer Creek Training course, but acquired a lot about his activity in two rounds from some of the finest gamers in the state.
Lotter place those people lessons to get the job done this week at the Sam Burns Basic at The Landings Club — successful the event with a 9-below par, 3-working day whole of 207 to defeat Jack Usner of Texas by two strokes. Campbell Kennedy of Eco-friendly Cove Springs, Fla., was 3rd at 210.
Reed shot 68-69-70 above 3 days on the par 72, 6,978-yard Deer Creek format — coming out on top rated of a area of 54 golfers from all over the country.
The 16-year-old was satisfied with the victory, which arrived with something substantially much more crucial than a trophy — an exemption into the Korn Ferry Tour’s Club Car Championship upcoming March.
“This is my first AJGA (American Junior Golfing Association) win, and it truly is the greatest get I have ever had by considerably,” Lotter said in a cell phone interview following the last round Thursday. “I was seriously solid with my driving this week, and my placing was seriously good — I feel that is what obtained me the get.”
Lotter set the class file at Deer Creek with a 63 when he was just 14 many years previous. Julian Etulain, a expert from Argentina, shot a system report 62 in the 2020 Savannah Golfing Championship (which turned the Club Motor vehicle Championship in 2021).
But Lotter tied the pro’s rating two week’s in the past with a career-most effective 62 of his very own at Deer Creek.
Lotter was the Savannah Morning News boys golfer of the calendar year following ending 2nd in the Course A Personal point out event in the spring.
“I really like playing my home system and I experienced a great deal of admirers from the island out there supporting me this 7 days,” claimed Lotter, who has a range of Division I faculty gives and mentioned he will make his faculty determination in the next handful of weeks. “And what a wonderful way to get into next year’s Club Car match. It truly is so tricky to get in to that celebration. You both need to get in by way of Monday qualifying, or get an exemption. I was really psyched when I read the AJGA experienced an exemption with this party.”
In the girls’ party, Savannah’s Kate Barber concluded next at 2-beneath par, a few strokes driving winner Julie Shin of Brambleton, Virginia. Mary Miller, a climbing sophomore at Savannah Christian, concluded in seventh at 2-above par.
Women Golfer of the Calendar year:Mary Miller, Savannah Christian
Lotter stated he felt a minor stress coming in on the back nine with a direct in the biggest tourney he has at any time gained.
“I was pondering I just needed pars on the previous a few, and I bogeyed No. 16 and No. 17,” Lotter said. “On 16, I took a club that I thought I could not strike in excess of the green, but my adrenaline must have been pumping since I just flushed it and hit it ideal above the pin. On (the par-3) 17, I just experienced a undesirable swing off the tee, and experienced a rough up and down.
“I have had a great deal of good finishes in tournaments these days, but haven’t received a large one particular in a even though. It really is a unique sensation when you might be heading for the get — and I am just content I was equipped to close it out.”
Dennis Knight covers sports for the Savannah Early morning News. Make contact with him at [email protected] Twitter: @DennisKnightSMN