Matt Gourgeot wins Spirit of America in a playoff
Matt Gourgeot <br>(Alabama Golf Association Photo)</br>
Matt Gourgeot
(Alabama Golf Association Photo)
DECATUR, AL (July 10, 2016) -- It took four holes but in the end Matt Gourgeot was able to outlast Neil Gannaway in a four hole playoff and win the Spirit of America at Burningtree Country Club. Both players finished even-par for the week.

Gourgeot, the 36-hole leader, reached the playoff after rounds of 71-74-70-69. On the final day Gourgeot started slowly and was 3-over for the day after 12 holes, 4-over for the tournament before turning his around over the course of the last six holes.

Gourgeot got things going with a birdie on No. 14 and then followed that up with an eagle on the par-5 16th. With two holes remaining Gourgeot birdied the 17th to reach even-par for the week and conclude a 4-under in four hole stretch.

Neil Gannaway who recently finished his collegiate career at Tennessee Tech where he played golf and football carded rounds of 73-69-72-70 during the week. Gannaway tallied four birdies and two bogeys during his 2-under final round.

Will Thrash (Huntingdon) was third at 1-over, 54-hole leader Michael Peter (North Alabama) faltered on the final day before finishing fourth at 3-over while Blake Messer (Auburn) rounded out the top-5 by totaling a 4-over score.

Results For Spirit of America Golf Classic
Place  PtsScores
1ALMatt GourgeotDecatur, AL30073-69-72-70=284*
2ALNeil GannawayBirmingham, AL20073-69-72-70=284
3ALWill ThrashPrattville, AL10077-71-67-70=285
4ALMichael PeterFlorence, AL10073-72-66-76=287
5ALBlake MesserHampton Cove, AL10074-69-72-73=288

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