Dogwood Invitational: 11-under from Ben Griffin highlights hot start
26 Jun 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

see also: Druid Hills Golf Club, Ben Griffin Rankings

Benjamin Griffin
Benjamin Griffin
ATLANTA, Ga. (June 26, 2013) -- As a high school sophomore, Ben Griffin of Chapel Hill, N.C. challenged a group of golfers from the University of North Carolina golf team to a match.

He beat two of them but fell to the Tarheels' then-No. 1 golfer. While two-out-of-three 'ain't' bad, he was complete in his efforts Wednesday.

Griffin, Golfweek's 14th-ranked junior who'll enter his senior year of high school in the fall, fired a red-hot 11-under 61 to lead all players after the first round of action at the 2013 Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club.

Griffin verbally committed to the Tarheels last winter and he's getting practice against the nation's best collegians this week. Thursday, he'll sit atop the leaderboard by two shots.

In second place is Georgia Tech's Oliver Schniederjans, who broke out for a 9-under 63 to begin play. Davin White and Michael Johnson are at 8-under while Alabama's Tom Lovelady, Anthony Maccaglia and Thomas Sutton are four back at 7-under and tied for fifth.

They're all chasing Griffin, who simply went off today. He went out in 31 thanks to three birdies and an eagle three on the par-5 ninth hole. On the back, he birdied six of the last seven holes for a 30.

The Dogwood Invitational began in 1941 and is a 72-hole event featuring a cut to the low 40 and ties after 54 holes.

The field annually features some of the top collegians and rising juniors from across the country. Notable scores from the first round include: No. 5 junior Brad Dalke (3-under, T18), Porter Cup winner Richy Werenski of Georgia Tech (3-under, T18), Texas A&M signee Mickey Werenski (2-under, T23), No. 1 junior and Alabama commit Robby Shelton (2-under, T23), Big East Champion Chase Koepka (1-under, T33), North & South champion Peter Williamson (1-under, T33).

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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Results For The Dogwood Invitational Golf Tournament
Place  PtsScores
1ALMichael JohnsonBirmingham, AL100064-69-63-64--260
2GAOliver SchniederjansPowder Springs, GA70063-69-67-68--267
3CanadaBen GriffinCanada50061-73-69-69--272
4GADavin WhiteAtlanta, GA50064-70-68-71--273
T5COWyndham ClarkGreenwood Village, CO50072-71-65-66--274

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