ATLANTA, GA (July 2, 2016) -- Rising Penn State sophomore Charles Huntzinger fired a closing 4-under 68 and finished 17-under to win the Dogwood Invitational. A trio of golfers finished 16-under and tied for second place at Druid Hills Golf Club.
Huntzinger began the day 13-under and one shot off the lead held by top Australian golfer Anthony Quayle. It wasn't a smooth start to the final round for Huntzinger as he bogeyed the 3rd hole, but he was then able to turn things around with birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 9. The run brought him to 15-under with nine holes remaining.
On the back nine Huntzinger rolled in two more birdies on holes 15 and 16 to reach 17-under. However, by parring the final two holes the Penn State golfer had left the door slightly ajar.
54-hole leader Anthony Quayle reached 16-under with a birdie on the 14th hole and had four chances to tie the lead but he parred to the house. Quayle put together a 2-under 70 on Saturday with four birdies and two bogeys.
Raul Pereda, a junior at Jacksonville State, started the day in third place before making his final round move with a bogey-free 4-under 68 to reach 16-under. Pereda, who finished in a tie for second, birdied holes 4, 7, 9 and 14 but couldn't find the birdie he needed on the closing stretch to force a playoff.
The biggest move of the day came from defending champion Dawson Armstrong as he fired a 7-under 65. Armstong, heading into his junior year at Lipscomb, bogeyed two of his first three holes to fall to 7-under for the week and at that point was seemingly out of the picture. That quickly changed as Armstrong responded with birdies on 4, 7, 8 and 9 to reach 11-under.
On the closing nine the torrid pace continued with a bird on the 12th setting the stage for four consecutive birdies from holes 14-17. The birdie on No. 17 gave Armstrong nine for the day. However, a closing hole par left Armstrong one-stroke short of a potential playoff.
LSU sophomore Luis Gagne made a run as well, putting together a bogey-free 5-under 67 as he reached 15-under. His run came to end following his final birdie on No. 14 and Gagne ended up finishing alone in fifth place.