Jimmy Chestnut wins playoff at Horton Smith Invitational
Horton Smith winner Jimmy Chestnut <br>(Detroit Golf Club Photo)
Horton Smith winner Jimmy Chestnut
(Detroit Golf Club Photo)

DETROIT, MI (May 13, 2017) - Former Michigan State golfer Jimmy Chestnut needed to go to overtime but in the end he was able to claim the 2017 playing of the Horton Smith Invitational hosted by Detroit Golf Club.

Chestnut carried a one shot lead into the final round but after a closing 70 that put him at 277 following 72-holes he found himself in a three-way tie for the lead. So to a playoff the proceedings went and it wasn't until the fourth hole did Chestnut finally capture the title.

Brad Bastion (75 67-73-62--277) ended up in second place after tearing apart the course during regulation with a final round 62 to reach the playoff while the third member of the playoff, Connor Jones (76-65-68-68--277) finished third.

In fourth place it was Joe Montpas (72-67-75-66--280) and in fifth it was Alexander Dombrowski (72-67-73-69--281); James Piot (75-68-72-66--281).


Jimmy Chestnut will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Horton Smith Invitational hosted by Detroit Golf Club.

Thus far Chestnut, the 1999 Michigan Mr. Golf winner, has combined rounds of 70-66-71 and he will carry a 207 tally into Saturday's final round.

Connor Jones (76-65-68--209) will begin the final round one shot behind in second place, Alexander Dombrowski (72-67-73--212) is in third place, Joe Montpas (72-67-75--214) sits in fourth while Brad Bastion (75-67-73--215), James Piot (75-68-72--215) and Tom Werkmeister (74-67-74--215) are sharing 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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