Ben Kohles wins Dogwood Invitational
ATLANTA, Ga., (June 30, 2012)-- The Dogwood Invitational came down to the final shots to determine the 2012 champion. Ben Kohles, a University of Virginia graduate, finished the final round at 17 under with a score of 67 securing his title as champion of the 46th annual Dogwood Invitational by 2 shots.
In second was Michael Kim, a student at the University of California who fired a 68 on the final day, but was one shot short of Kohles. Third place went to University of Virginia graduate Bruce Woodall, who had started the day in first place, falling behind the torrid pace with a 71. Both Michael Kim and Bruce Woodall finished the final round 15 under.
Local standouts, and crowd favorites, including returning players Georgia Tech’s Anders Albertson and Oliver Schniederjans and University of Georgia’s T.J. Mitchell as well as recent Sunnehanna Amateur champion Bobby Wyatt, made a good showing, falling just short of the eventual champion. The low round for the day, 67, was shot by Joey Garber and Oliver Schniederjans, tying for 6th.
“It’s been another great week of exciting amateur play here at Druid Hills,” said Edward Toledano – chairman of the Dogwood Invitational. “With a talented field full of aspiring PGA- professionals, it’s exciting to watch sensational golf on our home course and know that we are not only enjoying the best of golf, but we are also sending our 25th Reynolds scholar to Clemson. The Dogwood thrives because it’s the best of everything: volunteerism, competition, philanthropy, values and America’s greatest game – golf.”
Under intense heat, to add to the intense pressure of the finalist field, the top 40 teed off in a double tee start at the first and tenth holes; enabling play to complete the 18-hole final round before the afternoon temperature high. The top 10 players were as follows:
ABOUT THE The Dogwood Invitational
The first Dogwood Invitational, held in April 1941,
validated Druid Hills Golf Club as a challenging venue
for amateur golf tournaments. The Club has hosted
eight Georgia State Amateur Championships over the
years, and the tournament continues as a staple on
the major amateur golf circuit. The Dogwood was
discontinued in 1973 and did not return until 1994
when a new tournament format was introduced. The
new format included entrance into the tournament by
invitation only and added an 18-hole qualifier for five
to eight open spots prior to the tournament start. A
Senior Division was added in 2005.Participation in The
Dogwood Invitational is by invitation from the
Dogwood Tournament Committee. The tournament is
72 holes of stroke play with a 54 hole cut to low 40
and ties for final round. Players are required to walk
during tournament play and may carry their golf bag
themselves or take a caddie. 8-spot Qualifier is held
Monday of tournament week, prior to the event.
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