Evan Bowser captures Horton Smith Championship
Evan Bowser was victorious by three at the 2016 Horton Smith Championship <br>(Detroit Golf Club Photo)</br>
Evan Bowser was victorious by three at the 2016 Horton Smith Championship
(Detroit Golf Club Photo)

DETROIT, MI (May 7, 2016) - Recent Oakland University graduate Evan Bowser went wire-to-wire and won the Horton Smith Championship by three-strokes at Detroit Golf Club. The Horton Smith Championship was played over the course of three days with 36-holes being played on Thursday and then 18 more on both Friday and Saturday.

Bowser of Dearborn, MI opened up a 36-hole lead on Thursday with rounds of 73-67 to post 140 and lead by one. By leading at the midway point Bowser also captured the Peter Green Award, given each year to the 36-hole tournament leader.

On the weekend Bowser, a three-time first team All-Horizon League player, continued his strong play shooting scores of 74-65 to finish with a 72-hole total of 279. Bowser led by one-stroke heading into Saturday's final round but he was able to pull away during the final round and win by three.

Nick Park finished in second place, Josh Heinze was four off the lead in third while Jimmy Chestnut was fourth and a quartet of players were tied for fifth.

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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