Spirit of America: Cincinnati's O'Toole takes title
06 Jul 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Spirit of America Golf Classic, Burningtree Country Club

DECATUR, Ala. (July 6, 2014) -- John Michael O'Toole fired a final-round 70 to keep pace with his contenders and win the 2014 Spirit of America title at Burningtree Country Club.

O'Toole, who plays at the University of Cincinnati, shot rounds of 71-68-65-70 to close out a three-shot victory over Forrest Gamble of Ole Miss and Matt Gourgeot, who tied for second place.

Both Gamble and Gourgeot shot closing 70s but weren't able to close the gap made by O'Toole's impressive middle rounds.

Gamble held the first-round lead alongside Spencer Olson of West Florida. In Round 2, though, O'Toole turned it on.

Woodie Eubanks and Ben Wood, who plays at Mississippi State, tied for fourth, finishing four shots behind the leading pace set by O'Toole.

Defending champion Alex Mahlik took 10th place, shooting rounds of 69-71-71-71.

Results For Spirit of America Golf Classic
1ALJohn Michael O'ToolePinson, AL30071-68-65-70=274
T2ALForrest GambleBirmingham, AL20068-72-67-70=277
T2ALMatt GourgeotDecatur, AL20070-69-68-70=277
T4ALWoodie EubanksTrussville, AL10073-70-69-66=278
T4ALBen WoodFlorence, AL10072-70-67-69=278

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ABOUT THE Spirit of America

The Spirit of America Golf Classic is Burningtree Country Club's long-running, fundraising tournament held annually in conjunction with Decatur’s Spirit of America Festival, which itself is one of the largest, free Fourth of July festivals in the south. Established in 1967, this unique "college team and individual" format event has been home to collegiate players and top amateur players from across the nation. The format is 72-holes of stroke play, with a 54-hole collegiate team division. The "Spirit" tournament boasts many top graduates, like 1995 Champion-turned-PGA tour player Heath Slocum, and 1989 Junior Champion-turned-PGA tour player Stewart Cink.

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