NINETY SIX -- Jon Lewis Parker picked the perfect place to snag his first amateur win.
The Patriot at Grand Harbor might as well be considered a home course for Parker, a rising sophomore at Lander who graduated from Greenwood High School in 2016.
And on Sunday, he played it like he knew it, shooting under par both rounds to win the Festival of Flowers Men's Amateur Tournament at 4-under 140.
Parker had won junior amateur tournaments before this weekend, but he took the junior title after graduating high school.
"It was cool. I was pumped," Parker said. "Coming down the stretch, I thought I was right behind a couple guys. I knew I had to finish strong. I ended up birdie, birdie, so I was elated to hear that I won."
Parker was chasing Michael McKee down the back nine, but that's when he zeroed in. He knocked down a 25-foot birdie on hole No. 14, then converted an 8-foot birdie on 17.
He capped the day with a birdie on the par four 18, finishing a stroke ahead of Michael McKee, who shot 3-under 141.
Parker started the day in a three-person tie for first place at 3-under 69. He played even before the turn Sunday.
"The front nine was a bit up and down," Parker said. "I shot even par, but it was a little shaky. I had one bogey and one birdie, so it was pretty consistent but not something I’d be super proud of."
Using the momentum from a solid freshman season at Lander, in addition to Sunday's win, Parker feels confident heading into the summer.
"If I can keep my form going, that'd be awesome. I'm stoked for it."
Thomas Todd had the low round with a second-round 65, but it wasn't enough to overcome Saturday's 4-over 76.
Walter Todd won the senior tournament, shooting a 10-under 134. He fired a 65 in the first round, then paired that with a 3-under 69.
Jimmie Barber had the highest club score, finishing even both days for total of 144.
Ninety Six graduate James May responded with a 2-under 70 after a sluggish first round to finish the tournament at 1-over 145. Former Emerald standout Cal Brock shot 1-over to end the tournament with an even 144.