Dogwood Invitational: An incredible finish for Hie

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 28, 2008)--Now that is how you finish a tournament.

USC rising junior Rory Hie fired a tournament record-tying 10-under-par 62 at the Druid Hills Golf Club to win The Dogwood Invitational by three strokes over 54-hole leader Jonathan Hodge.

Hie finished at 21-under-par 267 over 72 holes.

Hodge, a member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golf team, was the runner-up at 270, followed by Hudson Swafford, Harris English, Carlton Forrester and Mark Strickland at 273.

Despite firing three straight rounds in the 60's, Hie found himself tied for 5th, five strokes behind Hodge heading into the final day. His finishing kick was even more impressive considering he overtook seven golfers by finishing with 6 straight birdies and a back nine score of 29.

Hie's career low before the round was 66, which he carded at the Pac-10 Championship in 2007. He recently finished T-13 at the NCAA D-I Championship where the Trojans fell one stroke short of crosstown rivals UCLA for the title.

In the senior division, Johnny Dennis went wire-to-wire, including a final-round 69 to take the victory.

He finished at 212, two strokes better than runner-up Dick Van Leuvan.

Full results from the 6850-yard, par-72 Druid Hills Golf Club follow:

Pos Name Score
1 Rory Hie 68-68-69-62--267
2 Jonathan Hodge 67-66-67-70--270
T3 Harris English 67-71-69-66--273
  Hudson Swafford 73-69-64-67--273
  Carlton Forrester 68-68-69-68--273
  Mark Strickland 70-67-70-66--273
T7 Jon Curran 64-70-71-69--274
  Danny Lee 63-73-67-71--274
  Tim Schaetzel 65-66-71-72--274
10 Jeff Knox 69-66-70-70--275
11 Brent Witcher 68-67-68-74--277
T12 Matthew Giles 73-68-68-69--278
  John-Tyler Griffin 74-72-65-67--278
  David May 71-70-69-68--278
T15 Russell Henley 72-67-69-71--279
  Glenn Northcutt 69-71-67-72--279
  Will Wilcox 66-73-67-73--279
T18 Michael Green 71-71-71-67--280
  Matthew Griffin 74-69-67-70--280
  Derek Chang 68-71-70-71--280
  Matt Jager 68-72-68-72--280
T22 David Dragoo 69-71-73-68--281
  Tanner Ervin 77-62-74-68--281
  Patton Kizzire 72-66-70-73--281
  Daniel Woltman 74-67-68-72--281
  Josh Younger 70-71-69-71--281
  Josh Oller 71-69-71-70--281
T28 Mark Anderson 71-68-69-74--282
  Taylor Hall 69-69-71-73--282
  Ben Martin 71-71-71-69--282
  Tim Stewart 63-72-73-74--282
T32 Matt Hughes 69-68-71-75--283
  Will Kropp 68-73-68-74--283
  Jason Scrivener 71-70-71-71--283
  William Mitchell 72-71-70-70--283
36 Ryan Thornton 72-73-68-71--284
37 Matthew Galloway 69-71-69-76--285
T38 Michael Morrison 71-69-72-74--286
  Jude Eustaquio 70-71-72-73--286
40 Ji Moon 67-72-72-77--288
41 Luke Hopkins 76-67-67-80--290
42 Jonathan Fly 70-72-71-78--291
43 Jeremy Evans 67-77-69-81--294


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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