WEB: Fields Caputures NC Amateur Title
Jack Fields, of Southern Pines, went 8-under par over a blistering stretch of eight holes to shoot a 63 Sunday to win the 48th North Carolina Amateur Championship.
Starting Sunday's final round seven strokes back, the 18-year old rising freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made an eagle and a double eagle during his incredible run. His 72-hole score of 77-69-74-63 -- 283 was one stroke better than Zack Byrd, a rising fifth-year senior at Coastal Carolina.
Fields' final round set a course record for the Donald Ross-designed Raleigh Country Club. He also became the first golfer from Moore County to win the event.
In last month's 4-A state high school championship at Pinehurst No. 6, he shot a final round 67 to win medalist honors as Pinecrest won the state title.
With his father, Mike, carrying his bag on Father's Day, Fields began his spree with a birdie on the 403-yard fifth hole. The eagle came on the eighth where a blind shot hit with a three-wood stopped within three feet of the pin.
Fields drew even with Byrd after hitting another three-wood on the par-5, 570-yard 12th hole. His second shot from 265 yards away landed about six feet short of the pin and trickled in.
The first sign for the golfer and his dad that the shot found the cup came when a spectator near the green raised two fingers, signifying the rare double eagle.
Byrd barely missed a 40-foot birdie putt on 18 that would have sent the golfers on to extra holes. Fields, who missed his high school graduation to play in the event, passed 11 golfers in the final round on the way to the top.
In comments made to news sources afterward, Fields gave his caddy some of the credit for the victory.
"Dad kept me calm and it was nice having him on the bag on Father's Day as well," he said.
On a big day for the UNC men's golf program, five Tar Heels posted top 10 finishes. They included Robert Riesen, another former Pinecrest star, who shot rounds of 74-70-76-71-291 (tie for 10th place).
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