Stanley wins second Southern Amateur


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Kyle Stanley overcame an eight-shot deficit over the final two rounds, then birdied the first playoff hole to win his second Southern Amateur on Saturday.
The Clemson junior finished at 14 under, tied with Mike Van Sickle, but holed a 35-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole at Lake Nona Country Club.
I can hardly describe the feeling, said Stanley, who joined Bobby Jones, Lanny Wadkins and Justin Leonard among those who have won the storied tournament more than once. Thats such an honor to join that list.
Stanley, who won the Southern Amateur two years ago in Birmingham, Ala., birdied the final hole to finish off a round of 6-under 66 and set up the playoff. His birdie on the first extra hole also assured him a spot in the PGA Tours Arnold Palmer Invitational next spring.
George Bryan of South Carolina, Matt Savage of Florida State, and Australian Tim Stewart were two shots back at 12-under 276. Bryan tied the Lake Nona course record with a 9-under 63, becoming the first amateur to go that low.
Blake Trimble of San Diego had lowered the amateur mark to 64 on Friday. He finished in a tie for seventh, four off the lead.