Travis Invitational: Trio of 69s take tournament to match play phase
GARDEN CITY, NY – To paraphrase the fight song of his beloved alma mater: “Deerfield! Thy son is marching into the weekend’s match play phase of the Walter J. Travis Invitational with co-medalist honors, and though the odds maybe great, he’ll fight for victory for you, loyal though win or lose.” With a sparkling 4-under 69 Deerfield Academy and Wake Forest University’s Hans Albertsson joined Nick Gilliam and Steve White at the top of a star-studded championship bracket as a rain softened Garden City Golf Club surrendered 16 sub-par rounds in the stroke play qualifier of the 101st playing of The Grand Old Amateur.
“I had a good ball striking day, and the week of rain let us be a lot more aggressive than normal,” explained Albertsson. “You could fly the ball close to pin high and let it stop.”