MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Rising sophomore Austin Cody fired an 18-under 270 to claim medalist honors at the 39th Rice Planters Amateur Tournament. Cody posted rounds of 69-69-65-67 to secure a one shot victory at Snee Farm Country Club and his second tournament title of the summer.
"I was able to really limit my mistakes this week," said Cody. "I only made two bogeys the whole week and I played the final 50 holes bogey-free. I was making a lot more putts than I have been lately which got me to 18-under and allowed me to win the event."
Cody found himself four shots off the lead at the midway point of the tournament after recording 69s in the first and second rounds. He charged into the lead with a seven-under 65 on Friday and held off several challengers with a 67 (-5) in the final round.
On Saturday, Cody posted a one-under 35 on the opening nine to fall one shot back of the lead. He came out of the turn to birdie No. 10 and No. 11 and added birdies on No. 14 and No. 16 to take a two stroke lead with two holes remaining. Cody parred out to secure the win as Ryan Heisey of UNC Greensboro and Rafael Becker of Witchita State tied for second at 17-under (271).
The North Charleston, S.C., native, also won the Santee Amateur earlier this month.
"The year of college golf has really helped me mature with my game," Cody added. "I have been putting in a lot of work and I am hoping everything will pay off this summer. This week has been great for my confidence and I can't wait to get back at it next week at the Dogwood Amateur."