Fifth and final in a series of daily first-person stories from the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
By Tony Leodora
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – For the fifth consecutive day spectacular weather greeted the golfers in the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach.
Well, not all of the golfers.
Just those who were skilled enough (or lucky enough) to win their respective flights advanced to the Championship Round of the world’s largest golf tournament. That meant about 70 players went toe-to-toe with each other … and the Dye Course at Barefoot Resort.
When the dust cleared, a true champion emerged … sort of.
Rich Brennan, a 66-year-old from Toledo, Ohio who was playing in his sixth championship, fired an impressive 83. Factoring in his 21 handicap, that put him at 10-under-par net 62 … one shot better than two other players.
But he was only able to raise the trophy after Otto Susec, a 45-year-old doctor from Evansville, Indiana had his 14-under-par, net-58 removed from the scoreboard. After a long deliberation, the tournament committee decided that there were inconsistencies in his handicap history that led to the disqualification.
To his credit, a bitterly disappointed Susec took the news in gentlemanly fashion. Ironically, Susec worked for seven years as an Emergency Room Doctor at the hospital in Myrtle Beach and was a member at the Dye Club, before moving to Indiana.
For Brennan it was a case of redemption. A few years ago he also qualified for the Championship Round and was near the top of the leaderboard before he made a disastrous 19 on the 13th hole at the TPC course.
“I learned from that disaster and it helped me today,” said Brennan. “That was, by far, the worst day of my golf life. Now I am celebrating the best one.”