Though the Kennesaw State standout didn’t win, he ended the tournament at Druid Hills Golf Club on a strong note, with a fifth-place finish.
Beck shot 4-under par 68 Saturday, with five birdies and a bogey on the front nine. The bogey came on No. 1, when he missed a 6-footer for par — the only glaring mistake he made.
Afterwards, Beck’s drives and putts were sharp, as he birdied five of his next seven holes to make the turn at 4-under. It was the fifth hole, where he made a 25-footer for birdie, that put Beck into a rhythm.
With the field not scoring as low as it did Friday, Beck couldn’t get any more birdie putts to drop on the back nine and finished his round at 4-under.
“I was really happy with how I finished,” Beck said. “After the front nine, I was disappointed that I couldn’t keep it going. There is always a ‘woulda, shoulda, coulda,’ but I was happy that I was in contention. Even though I missed some putts, it was good to feel those nerves again.”
One of Beck’s top college rivals, Mercer’s Trey Rule, won the Dogwood title on the second hole of a playoff with Winthrop’s Zach Seabolt. Both were tied at 21-under going into the playoff.
After Rule and Seabolt parred No. 1 to begin the playoff, the championship was decided on 18, where Seabolt’s tee shot nipped an oak tree and went off course, leading to a bogey. Rule won by staying in bounds and making par.
Clemson’s Billy Kennerly birdied the final hole of regulation to shoot 68 and finish third overall with a 20-under tournament.
Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson, a Woodstock native, was in contention to win Dogwood after finished second in the 2010 Dogwood. He was two strokes behind Rule going into Saturday’s round, but he couldn’t hit enough birdies to gain ground.
Albertson’s putting wasn’t as sharp as it was Friday, when he shot a bogey-free 64. He had to settle for a 2-under 70 to end the tournament fourth at 19-under.
Albertson got on a roll midway through his round, making birdie on Nos. 7, 9 and 10, and he was 2-under with eight holes to go. Albertson, however, needed more birdies and went on to par five straight holes before making bogey on 16 and birdie on 18.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t have the putts fall my way (Saturday),” Albertson said. “I had my chances but didn’t convert as many as I had during the week. It’s one of those days, I guess.”
Western Carolina’s J.T. Coston shot 66 to jump into sixth, one shot behind Beck. Georgia State’s Davin White (72) was another shot back, while Georgia Southern’s Henry Mabbett (68), LSU’s Zach Wright (69) and Australian amateur Travis Smyth (70) rounded out the top 10 at 14-under for the week.
Auburn’s Michael Johnson, the defending Dogwood champion, couldn’t dig out of the hole created by his first-round 76 and tied for 12th at 12-under.