(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 Dogwood Invitational
Tournament week is June 6-11 at Druid Hills Golf
Atlanta, Georgia. The entry fee includes breakfast
tournament days as
as special events.
The history of this prestigious event extends back to
1941, when legendary amateur Tommy Barnes
captured his first of five Dogwood titles. Evolving
the times, the modern Dogwood has produced fine
champions like Webb Simpson (’07), Brian Harman
(’09), Dawson Armstrong (’15), and in 2019 Brandon
seen also in our course renovations and set-up, our
relaxed tournament atmosphere, and our spirit of
Players are required to walk during tournament play
and may carry their golf bag themselves (push
allowed) or take a caddie. Caddies may be requested
in advance during registration, or players may
one on their own.
Player housing is provided on an as available basis to
, caddies and traveling
companions are not
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