Robby Ormand’s fist pump on the 18th hole was one of both triumph and relief.
Ormand drained a 15-foot birdie on No. 18, the third hole of sudden death to defeat Nick Rousey and win the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic at Mount Vintage Plantation on Sunday.
Following their finish on 18, Ormand and Rousey played the 18th hole three more times, forcing them to walk a steep hill that the green sits on.
“It’s a pretty serious hill,” Ormand said. “I guess four times today was good enough. Thank goodness that last one went in, because I didn’t want to do it again.”
Ormand, a native of Austin, Texas, shot 5-under-par 67 in the final round to earn a spot in the playoff after starting the day tied for third.
Rousey closed with 68. He had a 10-foot birdie putt on 18 in regulation to win, but it slid by the right side, giving Ormand new life.
Ormand and Rousey each parred the first two playoff holes. Rousey hit his tee shot in the middle of the fairway on all three playoff holes, but Ormand pulled his drive the third time around and left it two inches from the fairway bunker on the left.
He hit his approach shot to 15 feet from the hole, and after Rousey missed his 20-foot birdie chance, Ormand made his to win, earning a $22,000 check in the NGA Tour event.
“It was a reasonable lie and the pin was in the back, so I knew I could chase something up and hit a little 9-iron from around 141 (yards),” he said. “I was trying to land around 130 and have skip up. I pulled the shot off great and making the putt was just icing on top.”
Ormand’s week started hot as he shot 63 on Thursday, recording nine birdies. After a bogey-free 69 on Friday, he bogeyed his first and only hole of the tournament on the 15th hole on Saturday, shooting 68. He remained consistent in the final round to put himself in a position to win, including a birdie on 18 in regulation.
Rousey entered the weekend with consecutive rounds of 65. After a 69 on Saturday had him in second place, one shot back entering Sunday, he birdied six holes in the final round.
“I hit really good shots coming in but just didn’t make putts,” Rousey said. “He played really well. He just beat me.”
Ryan Spears, the leader entering the final round after rounds of 64-69-65, shot 79 to finish in a tie for sixth place.