Gate Invitational: Gross overcomes younger field

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2007)-- Most of the strong collegiate field at the Gate Invitational could hit the ball far longer than 44-year-old Tom Gross, but the Charles Schwab consultant made his mark on the part of the course where strength doesn't matter, the greens.

Gross finished with four-straight one-putts, including a 15-foot birdie putt that propelled him past North Florida freshman Major Forbess in the first playoff hole.

Each golfer finished at 1-under-par 213.

Top finishers from the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club's Ocean Course follow:

Name Score
Tom Gross 213
Major Forbess 213
Preston Brown 215
Ken Moody 219
Jeff Dennis 221
David Palm 221
Erik Downs 223
Michael O'Neal 223
Justin Jones 223
Chad Wade 223
Duke Butler 224
Anthony David 224
John Lobb 224
Ken Arsenault 224


ABOUT THE Gate Invitational

This elite event is north Florida's only tournament featuring the area's best amateur golfers playing alongside the area's best club professionals. Gate Petroleum of Jacksonville has been the title sponsor since the tournament's inaugural year in 1985. The qualifying field is limited to (120) entries with the actual field size reduced to (50) Northern Chapter PGA Professionals and (36) amateurs. This three- day, 54-hole gross stroke play event is conducted on both the Ocean Course and the Lagoon Course.

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