The prestigious title comes as the first of any consequence in Sims young career, and that the win came over the No. 1-ranked Molder ' according to the GolfWeek/Saragin College Rankings ' it was made all the better.
I was hitting the ball well all week, and I knew he wasnt going to hit the ball any better than I was, said Sims, a 22-year-old from Southampton, Bermuda. And Ive really been working on my putting the last few weeks, and made some putts this week.
None of those putts was more key than the 10-footer for birdie that Sims holed on the last hole of regulation, the 36th, to bring the match to A/S.
Following two scores of par from each man on the first extra hole, Sims then made par at the 449-yard par-4 2nd, which proved the decider after Molder found trouble off the tee and made bogey.
I drove it so well all week that its kind of ironic that is what cost me, said a humbled Molder. I came here expecting to play a lot of golf and being in the final, but I didnt expect to play as much as I did.
Results from the final round title match of the 101st North and South Amateur Championship, played at the Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2 course:
Michael Sims def. Bryce Molder, 38 holes.
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