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Dogwood Invitational: Simpson breaks through

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 30, 2007)-- After being turned away from the trophy twice in consecutive years, Wake Forest's Webb Simpson finally overcame the last hurdle, winning the 41st Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Course in Atlanta, the same golf course where earlier in the week, he shot a course record 60 during a practice round.

After two runner up performances in previous Dogwood's, Webb Simpson shot his second straight 63 to finnish 19 under par, four clear of New Zealands Danny Lee. Lee shot a final round 69 finnishing 15 under for runner-up honors. Luke Hopkins closed with a one under 70 for third place.

Simpson was on his game all week, with greens at the Druid Hills Golf Club course rolling 13.7 on the stimpmeter. He started the roll with a course record 60 in the Wayne Reynolds Am-Am Tournament held on Tuesday. His tournament score of 19-under is the lowest since the course was renovated by Bob Cupp in 2003.

"When I got to 18-under after 13 holes and the leaders weren't making any birdies," said Simpson, who realized his opportunity to win the Dogwood Invitational. "It made me feel better, so I just had to play smart coming in."

The favorites and Georgia natives going into the final round, Georgia Bulldogs' All-American Chris Kirk (Woodstock, Ga.) and Brian Harman (Savannah, Ga.), had trouble all day and fell off the lead. Kirk finished fourth at 12-under par after carding a 74, while Harman finished one shot back at 11-under 273.

New Zealand Amateur Champion Danny Lee, a 16-year-old sensation playing in the final group of the day, nearly completed his goal of carding 20-under-par for the tournament finishing in second place at 15-under 269.

Other notable players finishing in the top-20 include 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion Dave Womack (McDonough, Ga.), who finished in seventh place going four-under on the day and completing the tournament at nine-under as well as Northeast Amateur Champion Dustin Johnson, who carded a 5-under 279 to finish tied at 13.

Full results follow:

 

  Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Tot.
1 Simpson, Webb 69 70 63 63 265
2 Lee, Danny 66 65 69 69 269
3 Hopkins, Luke 67 67 67 70 271
4 Kirk, Chris 68 64 66 74 272
5 Harman, Brian 63 70 67 73 273
6 Hadley, Chesson 70 70 68 66 274
7 Womack, Dave 66 74 68 67 275
8 Hybl, Ryan 69 72 67 68 276
9 Hie, Rory 71 75 67 64 277
T10 Thompson, Michael 72 68 67 71 278
T10 Martin, Ben 67 69 70 72 278
T10 Henley, Russell 69 69 69 71 278
T13 Isban, Cole 70 71 73 65 279
T13 Osborn, Garrett 71 74 67 67 279
T13 Johnson, Dustin 69 70 69 71 279
T16 Morrison, Michael 73 69 69 69 280
T16 Green, Michael 70 68 67 75 280
T18 Todd, Gator 71 72 70 68 281
T18 Georgiou, Andrew 72 72 68 69 281
T18 Ledford, Bryce 72 67 72 70 281
T18 Curran, Jon 68 69 69 75 281
T22 Todd, Brendon 70 74 70 68 282
T22 Pettitt, Philip 71 70 73 68 282
T24 Mitchell, Adam 73 72 68 70 283
T24 Knost, Colt 66 73 71 73 283
T26 Reed, Patrick 67 77 70 70 284
T26 Thomas, Lowry 74 71 69 70 284
T26 Chappell, Kevin 71 73 69 71 284
T26 Hodge, Jonathon 71 72 70 71 284
T26 Arnold, Jamie 68 76 68 72 284
31 Beaufils IV, Ray 74 73 67 71 285
32 Whalen, Billy 73 70 67 76 286
T33 Gunn, James 76 69 69 73 287
T33 Northcutt, Glenn 70 72 71 74 287
35 Gallichan, Richie 72 68 72 77 289
T36 Alexander, Tyson 73 70 71 79 293
T36 Can, Tarik 68 69 76 80 293

 

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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