Golf Roundup

Brame loses truck, wins N.C. Amateur

Observer News ServicesJune 17, 2013 

Steven Brame’s truck was crushed by a fallen tree during a thunderstorm on Thursday, but that didn’t crush his spirit Sunday.

Brame, of Henderson, won the N.C. Amateur Championship at Forsyth Country Club. He carded a final-round 69 to finish at 11-under 273 and one shot ahead of Trevor Cone of Concord and Bailey Patrick, Jr. of Charlotte.

“The tournament helped me get over it,” Brame said about the accident, which occurred in the Forsyth Country Club parking lot. “When I went around the corner of the clubhouse and saw the truck, my heart hit the ground. I was upset for a while but I realized there was nothing I could do about it.”

Defending champion Matthew Crenshaw of Burlington finished at 276 in a tie for fourth place with Victor Wiggins of Gastonia.

Elsewhere Tour: Scott Parel won the Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan., to become the fourth-oldest winner in Tour history, closing with a 7-under 64 for a three-stroke victory.

Parel, 48, finished at 18-under 266 at Crestview Country Club after opening with rounds of 69, 66 and 67. He earned $117,000 to jump from 153rd to 14th on the money list with $124,808. Alex Aragon was second after a 65.

Parel won for the first time in 161 starts on the tour. He eagled the par-4 14th for the second straight day and had six birdies and a bogey.

Kirk Triplett is the oldest Tour champion, winning the 2011 News Sentinel Open at 49.

European Tour: Simon Thornton of Ireland beat Tjaart Van der Walt on the first hole of a playoff at the Najeti Hotels Open in Saint-Omer, France, to win his first European Tour title.

Both shot 1-under 70 in the final round, with pars on the last six holes to finish at 5-under 279.

In the playoff, Van der Walt had a bogey on No. 18 and Thornton made a short par putt to clinch the victory. Seve Benson of England shot 70 to finish third, one stroke back.

NGA Tour: In Windsor, Rhein Gibson shot a 4-under 68 in the third round and a 6-under 66 in the final round to earn his first NGA Tour victory. Gibson, an Australian who lives in Edmond, Okla., finished with an 8-under 280 total, two shots ahead of Jeff Corr.

S.C. Amateur Match Play: Adam Goins of Gaffney, S.C., took a 2&1 victory over Duke senior Austin Cody of Charleston to claim the title.

Goins, who will be a USC-Upstate senior in the fall, finished second in the event in 2011.

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