The Dogwood: Ashton Van Horne and Shad Tuten fire 64 for early lead
Ashton Van Horne
(Belmont U. Athletics photo)
ATLANTA, Georgia (July 1, 2015) -- Ashton Van Horne and Shad Tuten went to "work" (if you can call it that) at the Dogwood Invitational today. Between the two of them, they recorded 16 birdies and not a single bogey at Druid Hills Golf Club.
Van Horne, from Georgetown, Kentucky, did what you might expect on a course of 6860 yards -- he birdied all four of the par 5s, kind of the way a Tour player picks the course apart. Once you've knocked down those four holes, (including the longest one, the 579-yard 18th) the other four birdies don't seem so impossible. The Belmont University (Nashville) junior also birdied three in a row, Nos. 12-14.
Tuten, who resides in Elberton, Georgia and plays for Savannah's Armstrong State, "only" birdied two of the par 5s, but he made up for it with four birdies on the par 4s and a couple of tweets on the par 3s.
As low as their numbers are, the pair is chased by an amazing 34 players who shot 3-under 69 or better. So they better keep the birdies coming.
At 65, just a shot back of the lead, are Matthew Perrine and Zack Jaworksi.
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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