ASHEVILLE - Austin Fisher made the decision to play baseball instead of golf about five years ago.

Two years ago, torn tendons in his pitching elbow made the decision for him to return to golf. Now he is glad he switched sports.

Fisher finished 54 holes at Asheville Golf Course on Thursday in 8-under par 208 to win the Skyview Pro/Am Golf Tournament's amateur division.

A 21-year-old former standout at East Henderson High and a rising senior at Brevard College, Fisher shot a 3-over 75 in Thursday's final round to win by one shot.

That was enough to hold off Kyle Scruggs, a 31-year-old teacher and golf coach from Gaffney, S.C. Scruggs (71-67-71-209) had a chance to force a playoff with a 3-4 foot putt on the par-3 18th hole, but he missed the par attempt.

Fisher opened with rounds of 68 and 65 the first two days and had a five-shot lead over Scruggs going into the final round.

After playing the members tees of less than 6,000 yards the first two rounds, players in the championship flight of the amateur division were moved back to the back tees of more than 6,400 yards for the final round.

"I didn't play well. Changing tees threw me me off my rhythm because I had my game tuned in to the white tees the first two days," said Fisher.

He has played golf the past two seasons at Brevard College after playing baseball for the Tornadoes his freshman year.

A standout in both sports and the quarterback of the Eagles' football team, he decided to stick with baseball and was a promising pitcher with a fastball at over 90 mph at East.

"Baseball and golf are two totally different swings," he said. "They are played in the same season in high school and I had to make a choice. I wish now I had stayed with golf the whole time."

After tearing the tendons in his pitching elbow, Fisher chose rehab instead of surgery and found out he could still play golf after the injury.

He switched sports his sophomore season and by this year he was the team's top player, with several top five finishes.

Fisher credits former Brevard College assistant golf coach Chris Fry and swing coach Hunter Brown with helping his development as a golfer.

A double major in criminal justice and business, Fisher hopes to play golf professionally after finishing school. He believes the Skyview win against a field of about 85 amateurs will be good experience.

"Tournament golf is so much different than playing with your buddies. It's a lot of pressure," he said. "Coming down the stretch against Kyle was fun, and nothing gets you ready like tournament golf."