The Dogwood: Shortened to 54-holes with Armstrong, Dalke on top
Brad Dalke, 17, has verbally committed to OU at age 12
Brad Dalke, 17, has verbally committed to OU at age 12

FRIDAY NOTE: Today's third round play has been cancelled due to heavy rain. The tournament will be played at 54-holes, with the final round starting Saturday at 12:00 noon and the leaders playing at 2:30.

ATLANTA, Georgia (July 2, 2015) -- At Druid Hills, there was a changing of the guard as the early leaders struggled to break par. Sometimes it's hard to back up a low round, especially the 8-under 64s that both Chad Tuten and Ashton Van Horne fired on Weds.

While Tuten struggled today and posted 76, to fall out of the top 10, Van Horne managed to stay within close range of new leader Dawson Armstrong, despite faltering to a 4-over 40 on his back nine. That's because he was tearing Druid Hills apart prior to that.

Starting on the 10th hole, Van Horne birdied, then holed out for eagle on the 352-yard par 4 12th, and made three more birdies and a bogey to get to 13- under after just 27 holes of play. Alas, that back nine eliminated the prospect of a 36-hole tournament record, but did not ruin Van Horne's chances for the weekend.

The new leader, a former top ranked junior golfer from Tennessee who now plays for Lipscomb University, is Dawson Armstrong. He played bogey free golf today, adding a 6-under 66 to his first round 67 to stand at 11-under at the tournament's halfway point. That positions him directly in front of future Oklahoma player Brad Dalke, who made 9 birdies today and posted the low round of 65.

Brad Dalke Arm Wrestling with Rory McIlroy 

Dalke, from Edmond, Oklahoma, has quite a backstory. At 12 years old, he verbally committed to attend Oklahoma, where his dad was a linebacker. His game has steadily improved and he's finishing the tail end of his junior career and head for OU this fall. In April, those linebacker genes were put into good use in an arm wrestling match against Rory McIlroy at the Sage Valley Junior Invitational, which he won.

“His bicep balled up so I think he was trying,” Dalke told Golfweek at the time. “I took all my anger out from my 85"

“Working out and having good linebacker genetics is the secret… But he was a great guy. Pretty cool way to end my career at Sage Valley.”

As for a coach recruiting a 12 year old player back in 2010? At the time, Dalke was ranked below 500th in the Golfweek/Sagarin junior rankings. Now, he's in the top 5. And apparently ready to compete at the college level.

Results For The Dogwood Invitational 2018 Golf Tournament
1TNDawson ArmstrongBrentwood, TN100067-66-67=200
2KYAshton Van HorneGeorgetown, KY70064-71-67=202
T3South AfricaPaul BoshoffSouth Africa50069-69-65=203
T3TXBrad DalkeMcKinney, TX50069-65-69=203
T5GAZach HealyPeachtree Corners, GA50066-71-68=205

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ABOUT THE The Dogwood Invitational

2018 Dogwood Invitational Field

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 over 94 total Championships over the years, and the Dogwood 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 eight open playing spots.

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 the final round. Entry fee is $325.00 US.

Players are required to walk during tournament play and may carry their golf bag themselves (push carts are allowed) or take a caddie. Caddies may be requested in advance during registration, or players may select one on their own.

Player housing is provided on an as available basis to players only, caddies and travelling companions are not provided housing.

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