Rain didn’t dampen Hunter Stewart’s day. Instead, inclement weather helped put him on the podium.
Stewart, a rising junior golfer at Vanderbilt, claimed the Players Amateur championship Sunday at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C. Though the final round was washed out due to rain, Stewart led after 54 holes — edging out California senior Michael Weaver by one stroke.
Stewart had in fact increased his lead two strokes after five holes on Sunday before the rain came down and he was declared champion. The final results reverted to the 54-hole scores.
He finished at 14-under par, 202 after three rounds. He was six strokes ahead of South Florida’s Chase Koepka and seven in front of Alabama pair Bobby Wyatt and Tom Lovelady.
Weaver and Wyatt were both first team All-Americans this year and were named to the Palmer Cup, an annual competition between the best American and European college players.
With the win, Stewart, a native of Lexington, Ky., earns a spot in next year’s RBC Heritage. The PGA Tour tournament takes place in Hilton Head, S.C. Stewart will play in the Southern Amateur next week in The Woodlands, Texas.
As a sophomore for Vanderbilt this past year, Stewart finished with a team-best 72.97 stroke average. He also claimed the individual championship at the Samford Intercollegiate.