Grant Hirschman wins Southeastern Amateur over Shad Tuten in playoff

FROM STAFF REPORTSJune 14, 2014 

Grant Hirschman won the Southeastern Amateur Saturday afternoon on the second hole of a playoff with Shad Tuten.

Both players finished at 10-under-par 274. Hirschman, who is from Collierville, Tenn,, and has signed with Oklahoma, shot a 1-under 70 in the final round.

Tuten, who led after the first and third rounds, shot a 72. He is from Elberton, Ga., and plays for Armstrong Atlantic.

The two golfers played the par-4 18th twice in the playoff. Both made pars the first time. Hirschman made a birdie the second time for the win.

It was the second time in three years that a playoff was needed to decide the winner. Dykes Harbin won in 2012 in a playoff.

Hirschman and Tuten finished one shot ahead of a trio of golfers. David Cooke of Bolingbrook, Ill., had the day's best round with a 6-under 65. John Jonas of Jacksonville, Fla., and Cody Proveaux both shot 72.

Defending champion Seth Reeves of Duluth, Ga., finished sixth at 7 under 277 after a final-round 69. Reeves also won in 2011.

Parker Derby, a former Brookstone and current Georgia player, had the best score among local players. Derby shot a final-round 72 to finish in a tie for 15th at 3 under 281.

Hirschman, who led after the second round, played in the group ahead of Tuten.

Hirschman began the final round two shots back of Tuten, but they were tied as they made the turn. After No. 12, Tuten's lead was back to 2 shots.

Hirschman birdied Nos. 13 and 14, while Tuten bogeyed 14, giving the lead back to Hirschman.

Both made birdies on 17, but Hirschman made a bogey on the 18th, while Tuten parred it to force the playoff.

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