Young Camel wins 38th Brick Capital Classic

Jun. 29, 2014 @ 07:53 PM

Sanford Golf Course PGA pro David Von Canon and many of the course's members who love playing in the Brick Capital Classic each summer call the Classic, "Sanford's little U.S. Open" - and they have long before the 2014 edition played Saturday and Sunday at Sanford Golf Course.

Campbell University golfer Gaston Bertinotti in effect called it his Sanford North and South Amateur and he hopes it'll prove good preparation for him. Bertinotti, a rising sophomore on the Camel golf team and a native of Cordoba, Argentina, shot 3-under par on the back nine Sunday holding off David Wicker and Jack Radley for a two-shot victory in his first time playing in the Brick Capital Classic.

"Some friends invited me to play because I'm playing in a big tournament next week," Bertinotti said.

Bertinotti heads right down the road to Pinehurst as the 113th Men's North and South Amateur Championship begins with practice rounds Monday and the first round Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 8.

He held the lead throughout the back nine, but had to remain aggressive all the way in.

"It was really good competition. There were a lot of guys under par," he said. "I had to keep my concentration and continue making birdies."

Bertinotti was 3-under overall and got word he was leading as he started his last nine. He said knowledge of a slim lead made him more aggressive. He made birdie threes on No. 10 and No. 12.

"(The birdies) helped me a lot with my confidence," he said.

Wicker, the four-time champion of the Classic, shot the best round of Sunday with a 5-under 66. Playing a couple groups ahead of Bertinotti, who himself was in the next-to-last foursome, Wicker posted a score which surprised Bertinotti - who was 5-under coming down No. 18 and didn't know about Wicker's 4-under final until getting up to the green.

Bertinotti hit the par-five green in two and made birdie, not coming close to falling into a playoff.

Radley, a Sanford amateur who was the defending champion, was the only golfer besides Bertinotti to break 70 both days.

Sherrill Britt, the first-round leader after a 5-under 66, shot 75 Sunday.

Deane Hundley, with a 69 and a 76, and Dale Bryant, with a 72 and a 73, shared the Senior First Flight title.

In his first season with Campbell, Bertinotti tied for second in the Big South Conference championship at The Patriot at Grand Harbor (S.C.) in April shooting 70, 70 and 74.

38th Annual Brick Capital Classic

at Sanford Golf Course

Saturday-Sunday

Flight leaders

Championship Flight

Gaston Bertinotti 69-67 136 (-6)

Jack Radley 69-69 138

Sherrill Britt 66-75 141

Robin Perkins 69-73 142

Micah Lawrence 69-74 143

Tony Bloedorn 69-75 144

First Flight

David Wicker 72-66 138

James Harris 72-68 140

Craig Sturdivant 72-71 143

Second Flight

Kent Johnson 75-72 147

Matthew Rhodes 76-71 147

Brad Wicker 75-74 149

Jimmy Kerns 75-74 149

Steve Lassiter 75-74 149

Third Flight

Jonathan Hockaday 78-73 151

Kyle Wicker 77-75 152

Alex Palme 78-77 155

Brian Brice 78-77 155

Fourth Flight

Ron Hockensmith 79-75 154

Tim Kennedy 80-74 154

Jim McDougald 79-75 154

Dale Ring 80-76 156

Fifth Flight

Bo Crooks 84-73 157

Jonathan Blackard 82-76 158

Noah Britt 82-77 159

Sixth Flight

Gary Morgan 85-76 161

Matthew Honeycutt 85-79 164

Andy Hamilton 84-82 166

Jim Wilson 86-80 166

Seventh Flight

Merritt Foushee 88-86 174

Chris Palme 89-89 178

Preston Gaster 90-88 178

Eighth Flight

Harold Spivey 94-91 185

Brooks Gaster 95-94 189

Scott Bullard 103-87 190

Senior First Flight

Deane Hundley 69-76 145

Dale Bryant 72-73 145

Mike Hendley 71-77 148

Chuck Daley 72-78 150

Senior Second Flight

Fred Hollinger 77-74 151

Dick Wilson 79-79 158

Jade Wicker 83-76 159

Senior Third Flight

Ron Randolph 84-83 167

Rick Walton 86-85 171

Mike Hubbard 89-84 173