Zack Byrd finishes second, two shots back
Calabash, N.C. – November 1, 2012 – Hartsville’s Paul Brown fired a 3-under 69 in the final round of the NGA Pro Golf Tour Carolina Winter Series event on Thursday to slip past Murrells Inlet’s Zack Byrd at Brunswick Plantation and earn his fourth CWS victory.
Brown, a former College of Charleston standout, rebounded from a first-round 74 with rounds of 67 and 69 to finish with a 6-under 210 total en route to a two-stroke victory and a $5,000 winner’s check.
“I really need to thank my parents for everything they have done for me, and I also would like to thank my instructor, Mike Schroeder, for all the time he has put in with me over the past several years,” said an elated Brown. “A special ‘shout out’ needs to go to my girlfriend, Bridgette, for her love, patience and understanding; it’s easier to
compete when you know the ones you love are behind you.”
Brown would need all their support down the stretch as Byrd, a 2012 Web.com Tour member, ran off three birdies early on the backside to tie the match. Brown battled back with a birdie on No. 15 to retake the lead and, after both golfers bogeyed No. 16, carried a one-stroke lead into the final hole of regulation. However, the drama was far from over.
Both golfers found the green-side bunker on the 18th hole and faced a tucked pin with a drop off behind the hole.
“I sure didn’t want to go over the green, but I knew the only way to get it close was to fly it all the way to the top and risk it,” said Brown.
Brown was able to get up and down, while Byrd, a Coastal Carolina alumnus, didn’t, giving the former Cougar a two-shot win. Brown’s 67 in the second round and 69 in the third round were the only two rounds under 70 all week.
“I knew my ball striking was good coming in, but I worked hard on my putting,” said Brown. “These greens out here are really good and quick. Knowing that the hole locations were on the edge with these green speeds, I just had to stay patient and make the 5-6 footers that come with these conditions. I need to thank all the fine folks here at Brunswick Plantation for having course in such great shape.” Byrd finished second with rounds of 70-70-72 for a 4-under 212 total and pocketed $2,430 for the runner-up effort.
T.J. Howe of Osceloa, Pa., finished third at 2-under par. Howe carded rounds of 72-71-71 for a 2-under 214 total. Bryan Newton of Waterloo, S.C., posted three 72s and finished fourth at even-par, while Seneca’s Drew Ernst finished fifth at 1-over par.
The NGA TOUR Carolina Winter Series will return to action next week at Panthers Run in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.
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