NAPLES, Fla. (April 6, 2014) -- When Davis
Riley hit his 7-iron on the 182-yard
par 3 third hole, he thought he'd struck gold.
"I saw it land and saw it rolling and it went
just past the edge to about 2 feet
past the hole," Riley said. "It kind of got me
there, thinking I had a hole-in-one."
That was the story of the weekend for Riley at
the Terra Cotta Invitational in
Naples, Fla. – not missed opportunities, but
greens in regulation.
Riley, the No. 10 junior in the
Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, cited his
the key to a one-stroke victory at the par-72,
7,068-yard Naples National Golf
Club. He joined the likes of Matt Kuchar, Peter
Uihlein and Justin Thomas by
winning the tournament.
"I'm really hitting the ball well and giving
myself a lot of birdie opportunities,"
Riley said. "I'm putting the ball well this week.
I was getting them up there to
10, 12 or 15 feet and hitting a lot of those."
Riley, a resident of Hattiesburg, Miss., shot a
1-under 71 on Sunday to finish at
4 under for the tournament. Haden Wood and
Brad Dalke finished at 3 under.
Riley started the tournament with a 3-under
69, setting the stage for a strong
"It was more of a ballstriker's golf course,
which fit my game really well," Riley
said. "It feels good and gives me a lot of
confidence going into future
tournaments knowing I can play with the
Things got close near the end for the Alabama
commit. Riley bogeyed two of his
final four holes, nearly squandering a three-
shot lead. Wood, who was paired
with Riley and Dalke, birdied two of his final
four holes, but was not able to
catch the champ.
Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 junior in
Golfweek's rankings, took fourth place at 1
under and Andreas Halvorsen of Norway
finished fifth at even par.
Riley said that he does not have a lot of
experience at amateur events but he
approaches them in the same way as a junior
event. He plans on playing more
amateur events this summer.
Notable finishes include: Sam Horsfield (T-8),
Cameron Champ (10th), Trey
Valentine (T-14), Sam Burns (T-20), Edward
Figueroa (T-24), Zachary Bauchou
(T-33), Ben Griffin (T-49), Adam Wood (T-55),
George Cunningham (T-59) and
Andy Zhang (61th).
ABOUT THE Terra Cotta Invitational
Former match play event was changed in
2006 to a 54-hole stroke play event. A national-
level invitational with a Local Qualifier also
held before the event. Interested players can
submit a request for invitation via the website.
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