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VIDEO: Low Scores at Dogwood Invitational as Nimmer Leads
28 Jun 2017
by Yianni Gogonas of AmateurGolf.com

see also: The Dogwood Invitational 2019, Druid Hills Golf Club, Bryson Nimmer Rankings

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Bryson Nimmer (65) has takent he first round lead at Druid Hills
Bryson Nimmer (65) has takent he first round lead at Druid Hills

By Yianni Gogonas for AmateurGolf.com

ATLANTA, GA (June 28, 2017) - Play at the Dogwood Invitational began on Wednesday and low scoring seems to be the theme for this week. Over eight inches of rain fell in the Atlanta area over the last few weeks, inciting worry over the condition of the host track, Druid Hills. Thankfully for our players, a subsequent streak of good weather early this week has given the course some time to drain and dry out, creating a perfect balance of playability and generosity, with very receptive greens and fairways. The effect of these scoring conditions is shown on the leaderboard, with over half the field shooting even-par or better in Wednesday’s round.

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Lipcomb’s Dawson Armstrong seemed to navigate a marshy Druid Hills track with ease, carding six birdies before his only bogey would come on the par-4 15th. Dawson cleaned up his mistake by following with a birdie on the 16th, then proceeding to finish up with two pars to post 6-under-par for the day.

“From the beginning of the round, it was a little surreal being able to play with my two brothers, and I really had to learn how to get into my own zone, instead of worrying about other players,” offered Dawson to AmateurGolf.com reporter Kevin Cassidy of his unique pairing this morning, in which he was able to tee it up with his brothers, Dowling and Davis, who are also in the field this week in Atlanta.

ROUND 1 HIGHLIGHTS


Tied for second with Armstrong is Georgia native Ben Shipp and Argentinian Gaston Bertinotti, who got off to hot starts on Wednesday, firing 6-under-par rounds of their own.

Shipp, the NC State freshman also managed to make a total of seven birdies, with his lone bogey coming on the par-3 8th hole.

“Same as today,” replied Bertinotti of his plans going into Thursday. “Think the golf course is going to play tough and make as many birdies as I can, and less mistakes.” Bertinotti didn’t make too many mistakes to begin with in his afternoon round, only bogeying the 6th and the 10th holes. His highlight came with an eagle on the 9th, that propelled him to 5-under-par after his first nine holes.

Our current leader, Clemson sophomore Bryson Nimmer played one shot better than Shipp and Dawson on Wednesday, posting a bogey free 65. Nimmer started his round with back-to-back birdies on the 1st and 2nd. Pars came on 3, 4, and 5, followed by another birdie on the 6th. The All-ACC selection began his back-nine at 3-under-par and by the 18th, he had carded four more birdies to post the round of the tournament thus far.

Seventeen players are within three shots of our leader, and with rain as a possibility for Thursday’s round, anything should be expected from a talented field here in Atlanta.

Results: Dogwood Invitational
1PhilippinesLloyd Jefferson GoPhilippines100067-67-67-66=267
2GALuke SchniederjansAlpharetta, GA70067-68-67-66=268
T3GAAustin FultonVilla Rica, GA50067-67-71-67=272
T3GASteven FiskStockbridge, GA50068-67-70-67=272
T3TNDawson ArmstrongBrentwood, TN50066-65-70-71=272

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ABOUT THE Dogwood Invitational

Tournament week is June 3-8 at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia. The entry fee is $350.00 US and includes breakfast and lunch tournament days as well as special events.

The history of this prestigious event extends back to 1941, when legendary amateur Tommy Barnes captured his first of five Dogwood titles. Evolving with the times, the modern Dogwood has produced fine champions like Webb Simpson (’07), Brian Harman (’09), Dawson Armstrong (’15), Charles Huntzinger (’16) and in 2018 Ashton Poole. This evolution can be seen also in our course renovations and set-up, our relaxed tournament atmosphere, and our spirit of social responsibility.

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 traveling companions are not provided housing.

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