Cunning wins City of Aiken tournament for fifth time

Patrick Cunning (right) won the City of Aiken Amateur for the fifth time. Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon presented him the trophy. JOHN BOYETTE/STAFF

AIKEN — No matter the format or conditions, Patrick Cunning always seems to come up a winner in the City of Aiken Amateur Championship.


Cunning, 32, won the tournament for the fifth time in its eight-year history Sunday with a final round of even-par 70 at Aiken Golf Club.

The first round of the 36-hole event was played at Cedar Creek Golf Club for the first time this year. And conditions were different as wind gusts from the approaching hurricane sent scores soaring.

Neither bothered Cunning, a lefty who played at the University of South Carolina.

Trailing first-round leader Brian Quackenbush by one, Cunning struggled on the front nine at Aiken Golf Club. But he knew he would have chances on the incoming nine.

“I usually like the back nine because you’ve got a bunch of opportunities for birdies,” he said.

Cunning rattled off birdies at Nos. 10, 12 and 13 to hold off Chad Carter, who shot 1-over 71, by three shots. Quackenbush shot 78 and finished third.

“It was a grind today,” Cunning said. “I felt like even was a pretty good score after where I was on the front nine.”

Cunning won three of the first four City of Aiken Amateurs and now has won two in a row. Making his record even more impressive is the fact he didn’t play one year, so he has won five out of seven times he has teed it up in the event.

Carter, a senior at Fox Creek High School, shot 2-over on the first nine. He finished strong with two birdies and one bogey coming in.

“I got off to a slow start, so I needed to make a move on the back,” Carter said.

With his parents following the action coming in, Cunning played bogey-free golf on his final nine holes. Even though he doesn’t play much competitive golf now, he said the city championship is special to him.

“I always look forward to playing because I was born and raised here,” he said. “I always have this one marked on the calendar.”

Reach John Boyette at (706) 823-3337



Aiken Golf Club

Par 70, 5,795 yards

Championship Flight

Patrick Cunning/76-70-146

Chad Carter/78-71-149

Brian Quackenbush/75-78-153

Bo McCullough/79-75-154

Russell Kanagy/78-77-155

Dylan Murray/78-77-155

Greg Priest/81-76-157

Drew Greene/81-82-163

Todd Fields/81-WD-WD

First Flight

Dan Skiff/82-74-156

Will Durrett/82-76-158

Nick Barnett/88-75-163

Jay McDermott/85-82-167

Jeremy Greene/88-80-168

Nick Busby/87-84-171

Dominio Strom/88-91-179

Travis Brown/88-WD-WD

Second Flight

Jordan Salley/89-76-165

Bo Crenshaw/92-79-171

Jeremy Wilmoth/91-83-174

Eddie Willing/91-84-175

Jason Patchett/93-88-181

Kyle Coffey/95-87-182

Roger Martin/99-86-185

Andrew Patterson/104-94-198

Seniors Flight

Billy Rangos/75-76-151

Glen Hurt/81-78-159

David Jett/85-77-162

Bill Dallis/84-78-162

Dave Postma/78-84-162

Fulton Ray/86-79-165

Glenn Balba/82-83-165

Stanley Perry/85-88-173

Rodney Ready/82-92-174

Seniors First Flight

Douglas Hudock/87-85-172

Jim Price/92-81-173

Mark Kranjc/87-86-173

William Ater/90-89-179

Bill Padgett/90-90-180

William Lewis/95-86-181

Ron Benoit/93-90-183

Mark Turner/95-95-190

Bill Chaney/102-95-197

Cliff Binion/87-WD-WD

Super Seniors Flight

Bob Pedley/76-71-147

Bill Beck/78-74-152

Mike Jackson Sr./73-79-152

Jared Long/79-74-153

Mike McCarthy/76-78-154

Tom Watt/79-77-156

James H. Morrow/78-79-157

Scott Petit/81-79-160

Korzen Dick/81-WD-WD

Super Seniors First Flight

Ken Parkinson/83 81 164 1st

Peter Srednicki/83 82 165 2nd

Ken Radivoy/82 86 168

Randy Strautmann/82 90 172

Paul King/90 88 178

Ron Bartholomew/95 97 192

David Cairns/99 98 197

Tom Lucas/102 99 201

Charles Beam/118 114 232

Smith Art/83-WD-WD

Ladies Flight

Kadi Meldrum/91-78-169

Rissa Jarrett/91-92-183

Terry Shallack/126-102-228

Kathy Crist/123-132-255