Charles Huntzinger wins the Dogwood Invitational
(Dogwood Invitational Photo)
ATLANTA, GA (July 2, 2016) -- Rising Penn State sophomore Charles Huntzinger fired a closing 4-under 68 and finished 17-under to win the Dogwood Invitational. A trio of golfers finished 16-under and tied for second place at Druid Hills Golf Club.
Huntzinger began the day 13-under and one shot off the lead held by top Australian golfer Anthony Quayle. It wasn't a smooth start to the final round for Huntzinger as he bogeyed the 3rd hole, but he was then able to turn things around with birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 9. The run brought him to 15-under with nine holes remaining.
On the back nine Huntzinger rolled in two more birdies on holes 15 and 16 to reach 17-under. However, by parring the final two holes the Penn State golfer had left the door slightly ajar.
54-hole leader Anthony Quayle reached 16-under with a birdie on the 14th hole and had four chances to tie the lead but he parred to the house. Quayle put together a 2-under 70 on Saturday with four birdies and two bogeys.
Raul Pereda, a junior at Jacksonville State, started the day in third place before making his final round move with a bogey-free 4-under 68 to reach 16-under. Pereda, who finished in a tie for second, birdied holes 4, 7, 9 and 14 but couldn't find the birdie he needed on the closing stretch to force a playoff.
The biggest move of the day came from defending champion Dawson Armstrong as he fired a 7-under 65. Armstong, heading into his junior year at Lipscomb, bogeyed two of his first three holes to fall to 7-under for the week and at that point was seemingly out of the picture. That quickly changed as Armstrong responded with birdies on 4, 7, 8 and 9 to reach 11-under.
On the closing nine the torrid pace continued with a bird on the 12th setting the stage for four consecutive birdies from holes 14-17. The birdie on No. 17 gave Armstrong nine for the day. However, a closing hole par left Armstrong one-stroke short of a potential playoff.
LSU sophomore Luis Gagne made a run as well, putting together a bogey-free 5-under 67 as he reached 15-under. His run came to end following his final birdie on No. 14 and Gagne ended up finishing alone in fifth place.
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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