MT. PLEASANT, S.C. -- Duke rising senior Austin Cody fired rounds of 71-66-67 to finish tied for first before falling to Maverick Antcliff on the sixth playoff hole in the Rice Planters Amateur Tournament at Snee Farm Country Club (6,975 yards, par 72). Cody fell just short of his second championship at the event, while Duke teammate Turner Southey-Gordon finished tied for 14th.
Cody started the tournament with a one-under 71 on Thursday and was off to a slow start in the second round before turning things around. The North Charleston, S.C., native was one-over through seven holes Friday before carding seven birdies over his next eight holes of play. Cody closed out the round with three straight pars for a 66 (-6). He entered Saturday's final round with a one-shot lead over Antcliff.
Cody, the 2011 Rice Planters Amateur champion, credited a hot putter as well as some terrific reads on the greens from caddy and former Pinewood Prep teammate Kamito Hirai for his solid second round.
“Everything started rolling in,” said Cody. “It was a good solid round that got me back in the tournament.”
Cody posted a five-under 67 Saturday to close the event with a 12-under 204. After a front-nine 35, he birdied No. 10, No. 12 and No. 14. He trailed Antcliff by one shot heading into the par 3 17th before hitting a seven iron to one foot to draw even with one hole remaining. Both players parred No. 18 in regulation and proceeded to par it five more times in the playoff. On the sixth try on No. 18 in the playoff, both players hit their approaches to 10-feet. Cody saw his putt slide by the cup, while Antcliff's attempt fell for birdie and the win.
Antcliff posted a six-under 66 in the final round of play to match Cody's 12-under 204.
Cody played the entire 24 holes Saturday without a bogey, finishing the round, including the playoff, with five birdies and 19 pars.
“No bogeys in 24 holes. You can’t ask for more than that,” Cody said. “I’m disappointed, but it was a good tournament.”
Southey-Gordon recorded rounds of 70-73-69 for a four-under 212. The Toronto, Ontario, Canada, native posted eight birdies and eight pars in the final round, but had his day tarnished by a double-bogey and a triple-bogey.
The first round of the scheduled 72-hole event was wiped out from storms passing through the area Wednesday. Tournament officials decided to begin play Thursday and make it a 54-hole event.
About the Rice Planters Amateur
The Rice Planters Amateur Golf Tournament was the inspiration of amateur golfer Dick Horne. During his first Porter Cup at the Niagara Falls Country Club in 1973, Horne befriended cup chairman Dick Harvey. Harvey encouraged a receptive Horne to develop his own southern tournament and, consequently, along with other Porter Cup officials, shared enough useful information to get Horne started in the South.
Throughout the 41-year history of the event, an illustrious group of golfers have made the Rice Planters Amateur part of their rite of passage. Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, Andy Bean, Stewart Cink, Scott Verplank, Duffy Waldorf, Brian Watts, Scott Hoch, Hal Sutton, Jeff Sluman, Steve Jones, Mark O’Meara, Brian Gay and others have all competed at the Rice Planters.
Among the Rice Planters’ champions there are seven major championship winners and 141 combined victories on the Web.com, PGA, and Champions tours.