Otto Black shoots 63 to win Horton Smith Championship
Otto Black
Otto Black

DETROIT, Mich. — University of Toledo junior Otto Black shot a final-round 63 at Detroit Golf Club to win by six shots over Tom Werkmeister at the Horton Smith Championship.

Werkmeister, a semifinalist from last year's U.S. Mid-Amateur, also shot 63 on Saturday, but started the day six shots behind Black. He tied for second place alongside John Quigley, two shots in front of Anthony Sorentino.

Black, a native of Pinckney, Mich., opened with rounds of 68 and 66 on day one to lead by three over Evan Bowser, who tied for ninth place. Black then entered the final round with a three-shot lead over eventual fifth-place finisher James Piot after posting 72 in round three.

This 72-hole championship is played over three days at the 116-year old Detroit Golf Club.

ABOUT THE Horton Smith Invitational

Detroit Golf Club plays proud host to the annual Horton Smith Invitational each Spring. The 72-hole stroke play event, founded in 1964 by Bill Michaels, began as an 18-hole invitational to honor the long time Detroit Golf Club Head Professional who had a rich playing career of his own (he was the last person to defeat Bobby Jones in competition prior to Jones' retirement in 1930)

In 1971, Detroit G.C. members Dennis Lenehan, Tom Chisholm and Phil Wigle received approval to merge the Michigan Medal Play and Horton Smith Invitational. This proved to solidify an immensely talented field of participants each year and thus, further perpetuated the memorial to Horton Smith and his golfing heritage. That heritage includes winning 32 events and being selected for five Ryder Cup teams (he was never defeated). Smith is best known as the winner of the inaugural Masters, then known as the Augusta National Invitational.

"There is no way to measure what Horton has done for golf." -- Bobby Jones

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