Jags' Antcliff wins Rice Planters Am on 6th playoff hole

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Maverick Antcliff outlasted Austin Cody in a six-hole playoff Saturday afternoon and won the 41st annual Rice Planters Amateur at Snee Farm Country Club just outside of Charleston.

Antcliff, who began the final round one shot back of Cody, fired a 6-under 66 Saturday to pull even with Cody, a rising senior on the Duke University golf team and the 2011 Rice Planters’ champion. Antcliff posted a 54-hole total of 12-under 204 (68-70-66) after the first round was washed out on Wednesday.

“It was a good day and a lot of fun,” Antcliff said. “I got off to a solid start and kept it going through the back nine. The playoff was back and forth and a great experience for me. I pretty much flagged my approach for the birdie on the last playoff hole.”

A rising sophomore on the GRU Augusta men’s golf squad, Antcliff made a big splash in his first season as an active member of the program. In seven spring events, he posted a team-low 72.63 stroke average and squad-best five top-20 finishes. He tied for 16th in his collegiate debut at the Puerto Rico Classic and shot a 3-under 69 in his first round as a Jaguar. Antcliff, from Beaudesert, Australia, fired a 4-under 66 in early March to spark the Jags to the team title in the final round of the Cleveland Golf/Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, S.C. He capped his freshman campaign with a tie for 19th in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, posting a 54-hole total of 4-under 212.

The Rice Planters’ victory was the second by a member of the Jaguar Golf program. Former Augusta State standout Carter Newman captured the title in June, 2010, just weeks after the Jaguars captured the first of their back-to-back Division I National Championships.

The Rice Planters Amateur was the inspiration of Dick Horne in 1973, being contested at Snee Farm Country Club since its inception. Throughout the years, an illustrious group of golfers have made the Rice Planters Amateur part of their rite of passage. Tom Lehman, Davis Love III, Andy Bean, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton, Stewart Cink, and Scott Verplank have all competed at this prestigious world ranked amateur golf tournament. Former Rice Planters’ champions have gone on to win seven major championship and combined for 141 victories on the PGA, Champions, and Web.com Tours.

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