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Digby’s Creighton captures Rice Planters Amateur golf championship in S.C.

Myles Creighton, a member of Ashburn Golf Club who just completed his junior season at Radford University in Virginia, was victorious in a one-hole playoff Saturday at the rain-shortened Rice Planters Amateur championship at the Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

by: Glenn MacDonald
Published with the express permission of the Localxpress
Golfer Myles Creighton has just completed his junior season at Radford University in Virginia. (RADFORD UNIVERSITY / File)

Before he heads home to Nova Scotia, Digby’s Myles Creighton added another amateur golf victory in the United States.

Creighton, a member of Ashburn Golf Club who just completed his junior season at Radford University in Virginia, was victorious in a one-hole playoff Saturday at the rain-shortened Rice Planters Amateur championship at the Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Creighton used a final-round 2-under-par 70 to tie College of Charleston’s Michael Sass of Louisville, Ky., at 213, and then won the playoff with a two-putt par.

“I didn’t think what I shot (Saturday) was going to be good enough,” Creighton said in a news release. “This is awesome. I don’t know what to say.”

“I had a terrible practice round. Wednesday (the scheduled opening round that was delayed by heavy rains) I was 2-over after three holes. But then they stopped play and when I came back Thursday to complete the round, I scored well.”

Creighton started the final round three shots off the lead. He made the turn at 2-under 34 and played the back nine even-par with a birdie on the par-5 13th and an eagle-3 on 16.

The Rice Planters Amateur is considered as one of the top amateur events in the U.S.

On Friday, Creighton was named to the VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors) all-state university second team.

Creighton capped off his season in the Big South championship tied for fourth individually with a six-under 210 last month. The fourth place finish earned him a spot on the Big South all-championship team. He was the only Radford player named to the Big South all-conference team for his play all season.

He finished in the top 10 in every spring tournament he played in this season, including two victories.

Creighton was also a member of the Big South all-academic team and was the first Highlander named Big South scholar athlete of the year.

The 2014 Nova Scotia junior boys’ champion, Creighton has entered into next week’s Nova Scotia amateur championship at Oakfield Golf & Country Club.

Notable past champions of the Rice Planters Invitational include: Brooks Koepka (2009), Stewart Cink (1993), Tom Lehman (1982), Hal Sutton (1979).