The Goodwin: Georgia uses impressive final round to secure narrow win
30 Mar 2024
by Justin Golba of

see also: View results for The Goodwin, TPC Harding Park Golf Course, Braxton Watts Rankings

Georgia Men's Golf Team (Georgia Athletics Photo)
Georgia Men's Golf Team (Georgia Athletics Photo)

Georgia shot a final round 5-under 275 to turn a one-shot deficit into a one-shot win at the 2024 Goodwin Intercollegiate at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. The Bulldogs finished the tournament 1-under as a team.

The Bulldogs were tied for the lead after the first round with Tennessee and host school Stanford but fell back to second place after Utah shot a second round 6-under to take the 36-hole lead by one shot. 

In the final round, Georgia outscored Utah by two shots to win by one shot. Utah finished in solo second place at even par. 

The Bulldogs shot rounds of 279-285-275 to secure the win.

Host school Stanford, who has won the Goodwin 16 times in its history, finished in solo third place at 4-over, Tennessee finished in solo fourth place at 5-over, and Georgia Tech finished in solo fifth place at 6-over.

BYU finished in solo sixth place at 8-over, San Francisco finished in solo seventh place at 9-over, and Pepperdine finished in solo eighth place at 11-over.

In the individual competition, Braxton Watts of Utah finished at 5-under and one shot better than the field. Watts carded rounds 71-66-68 en route to the win. 

Braxton Watts

Watts, the native of Farmington, Ut., adds this win to his growing resume. He won the 2023 Saguaro Amateur and is currently ranked No. 261 in the Golfweek/ U.S. Rankings.

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Michael Thorbjornsen of Stanford, who is ranked No. 3 in the Golfweek/ World Rankings, continues his solid play after returning from a six-month hiatus after injury. Thorbjornsen won the 2024 Cabo Collegiate.

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He finished in solo second place at 4-under and one shot back of Watts. The talented Stanford senior shot rounds of 70-69-67, and his final round 3-under 67 consisted of no bogeys. 

36-hole leader Ben Van Wyk of Georgia finished T3 at 3-under after a final round 1-over 73. He was 7-under total through 12 holes, but four bogeys on the last six holes, including No. 18, saw the win slip from his grasp.

Jakob Melin of San Francisco and Jonathan Nielsen of Clemson joined Van Wyk at 3-under and T3.

Sampson Zheng of California, William Walsh of Pepperdine, Pablo Ereno of UCLA, and Kristoffer Kuvaas of Pepperdine all finished T6 at 2-under.

Results: The Goodwin
1UTBraxton WattsFarmington, UT70071-66-68=205
2MAMichael ThorbjornsenWellesley, MA50070-69-67=206
T3DenmarkJonathan NielsenDenmark40066-74-67=207
T3SwedenJakob MelinSweden40069-70-68=207
T3South AfricaBen Van WykSouth Africa40069-67-71=207

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54 hole men's college tournament hosted by Stanford University. Team (best four scores out of five players each round) and individual competitions.

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