Harold Varner Wins N.C. Amateur Title
June 19, 2011
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, N.C. 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," said 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."