Major Shake Up in the 2018 Summer Amateur Calendar
Lloyd Jefferson Go won the 2017 Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club
Lloyd Jefferson Go won the 2017 Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club
ATLANTA, GA (October 3, 2017) - The major amateur calendar will undergo a shake up in 2018, as The Dogwood Invitational will now kick off the summer’s amateur golf schedule.

The 52nd Dogwood Invitational, played at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, will be played from June 4-9, 2018, positioning it as the first major amateur event following the NCAA Championships.

The tournament had been played in late June, and though it had drawn strong fields it was during a more crowded time on the calendar. With no other major amateur tournaments to conflict with the new dates, tournament organizers expect an even better field at Druid Hills for 2018 and beyond.

“We’re excited about the move to the earlier date,” said Dogwood Invitational tournament director Edward Toledano. “We take a lot of pride in the quality of our field and the move to this earlier date may allow us to improve that even more. Our expectation is that the field will be pretty strong.”

The 2017 Dogwood Invitational was won by Lloyd Jefferson Go, a recent graduate of Seton Hall University. Go shot a final-round 66 and finished at 21-under 267.

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The Dogwood draws many of the top amateurs from the United States and around the world. Former winners include U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, multiple PGA Tour winners Brian Harman and Harris English, Georgia Golf Hall of Famer Allen Doyle and numerous Walker Cup participants.
ABOUT THE The Dogwood Invitational

The first Dogwood Invitational, held in April 1941, validated Druid Hills Golf Club as a challenging venue for amateur golf tournaments. The Club has hosted eight Georgia State Amateur Championships over the years, and the tournament continues as a staple on the major amateur golf circuit. The Dogwood was discontinued in 1973 and did not return until 1994 when a new tournament format was introduced. The new format included entrance into the tournament by invitation only and added an 18-hole qualifier for five to eight open spots prior to the tournament start. A Senior Division was added in 2005.Participation in The Dogwood Invitational is by invitation from the Dogwood Tournament Committee. The tournament is 72 holes of stroke play with a 54 hole cut to low 40 and ties for final round. Players are required to walk during tournament play and may carry their golf bag themselves or take a caddie. 8-spot Qualifier is held Monday of tournament week, prior to the event.

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