GRANITEVILLE — Carson Young said his birdie on the final hole of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club was an “accident.”
He’ll take it, though, and the victory in the third annual Junior Invitational, which featured 54 of the world’s best junior golfers.
Young fired 2-under-par 70 on Sunday for a two-shot victory over four golfers, including Augusta’s Greyson Sigg. He finished with a 54-hole total of 212 at the challenging Sage Valley layout.
“It was kind of an accident,” Young said of his approach to the 18th hole, a par-4 of 452 yards. “I was going for par. I was going for the center of the green and pulled it right next to the pin. It ended up good.”
Young, who is 18, started walking almost immediately after he struck the 10-foot putt, and he pumped his fist as the ball tumbled in.
The Pendleton (S.C.) High School golfer didn’t need the birdie as the leaders faltered down the stretch, but he didn’t know it at the time.
“Right before I putted, my caddie told me that (Robby Shelton) had bogeyed 17 and I was tied for the lead,” said Young, who is committed to play at Clemson University.
Young received a “Sage Valley gold” blazer and a smaller version of the Gibbs Trophy, which was unveiled last year. The trophy features a bas-relief image in cast bronze of the first champion, Nicholas Reach, receiving the winner’s jacket from PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.
“It’s the best tournament I’ve ever played in,” Young said. “It’s so nice.”