GREENSBORO, N.C. --- East Carolina rising senior Harold Varner rallied from a four shot deficit on the final 18 holes to become the first male African-American to win the North Carolina Amateur Championship at the Greensboro Country Club's Farm Course Sunday afternoon.
Varner carded a six-under 66 Sunday and finished 14-under 274 (71-67-70-66), three shots ahead of trio of second-place finishers including Adam Stephenson, also a rising senior at ECU.
The Gastonia native fired a 34 on the front nine, but seized control of the lead with an eagle on the par-5 13th. He followed with birdies at 14 and 17 and completed the back nine in 32 strokes.
“That eagle on 13 really got me thinking” admitted Varner. I was able to birdie 14 and 17 to follow that eagle and then wait and watch the other come in.
“This is a blessing to actually win the state amateur. It is really cool."
The Pirates' Conner Sock and David Watkins finished tied for 27th at two-under 286.