Spartanburg, S.C. – USC Upstate standout men's golfer and Gaffney native Adam Goins ended his successful run at the Carolina Golf Association's South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship by claiming the title 2&1 over Duke's Austin Cody Sunday afternoon at Musgrove Mill Country Club in Clinton, S.C.
Goins, who was a finalist for the championship in 2011, came through on Sunday to win his first S.C. Amateur Match Play Championship. He defeated Cody, a rising senior at Duke and from Charleston, 2&1 after taking a 1-up lead early in the back nine and never relinquished the lead.
Goins, a rising senior at Upstate, rattled off three straight birdies on holes 8, 9 and 10 to build his confidence going into the back nine. The birdie on No. 10 gave him a 1-up lead. He went 2-up after winning the 12th hole and looked to put the match away with just six holes remaining. However, Cody birdied the 14th to get back to 1-down. Goins, though, quickly regained the momentum by winning the 15th to go 2-up and matched Cody's birdie on the 17th to close out the match, 2&1.
"The birdies on 8 & 9 really got me going," said Goins after winning the championship. "The birdie on 15 got the momentum back and that was big going into 16, I could kind of feel it then."
Goins shot rounds of 75 and 72 in the stroke play portion of the championship to advance to the match play portion. His 147 stroke play total was tied for eighth in the field. He opened the Round of 32 with a 4&2 victory over Justin Wiley (Hilton Head Island) and defeated Abbeville's Casey Smith in the Round of 16.
Goins claimed a 1-up victory over Blythewood's Bryce Howell in the quarterfinals, setting up a match against Sumter's Dalton Ward in the semifinals. In the semis, Goins was strong and closed out the match 4&2 to advance to his second championship appearance in three years. This time, he delivered with the 2&1 victory to win his first CGA championship.