COLLETON, S.C. - Former Newberry College golfer Daniel Stanley had the lead after three rounds at the S.C. Golf Association's 80th Amateur Championship, but had to settle for a second place finish. The Inman native told the Beaufort Gazette it would be his final tournament before turning professional.
A PING Division II All-American in his senior season, Stanley fought through a tough front nine, and a double bogey on hole number nine made it a 41 on the way out, but an eagle on number 11 started the bounce back.
"You can't dwell on it," Stanley told the Gazette. "You just do what you can and see if it's enough. Unfortunately, I was one short. I'm playing well, even though I didn't win. Second place is good. These are good players."
Stanley's second place finish is the highest recorded by a Newberry player at the prestigious S.C. Amateur. Click here to view the entire leaderboard.
Stanley, who also competed in the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship this summer, is a two-time All-American, as he was a second team All-American in 2011 and third team All-American in 2010.
Stanley earned all-Southeast Region honors from the GCAA in June, marking his third all-region honor. He was the South Atlantic Conference champion in 2010 and 2011 and earned all-SAC honors in all four seasons.
Stanley was Newberry College's first-ever golf All-American with his third team honor in 2010, and now becomes the Wolves' first two-time All-American. Stanley finished his senior season with 25 rounds, a 72.4 stroke average and 15 rounds at or below par. He ranks second in Newberry history with 100 career rounds and a school-record 72.8 career stroke average.
During Stanley's 100 career rounds, he played in the 2008 and 2011 NCAA Division II National Tournaments, with the Wolves earning a program- and conference-best quarterfinal finish in 2011. The Wolves qualified for the NCAA Division II Super Regional Tournament in all four seasons and earned three SAC Tournament championships. Newberry won 10 tournament titles during Stanley's time in the scarlet and gray.