Carter Goodwin cruises to victory at Spirit of America Classic
29 Jun 2024
by Justin Golba of AmateurGolf.com

see also: View results for Spirit of America, Burningtree Country Club, Carter Goodwin Rankings

Carter Goodwin (Submitted Photo)
Carter Goodwin (Submitted Photo)

Carter Goodwin shot an impressive 15-under to win the Spirit of America Golf Classic at Burningtree Country Club in Decatur, Ala., by four shots over Jackson Mitchell and Paul Bruce, who finished T2 at 11-under.

Goodwin, a native of Birmingham, Ala., shot rounds of 67-65-70-67 to get to 15-under. He was 10-under through the opening two rounds to hold an eight-shot lead.

"The first two days were really nice. I putted really well," Goodwin said. "Going into the last two days, even though I did have a lead, I was still extremely nervous, but I was still able to stay really patient."

Goodwin added, "I stayed patient and was able to get it going on the back nine, which is what I was most proud of mentally sticking in it."

He was able to separate on the back nine, shooting 31 and 32 on the back nine in the first two rounds with seven birdies, one eagle, and no bogeys.

"There are a lot more birdie opportunities," Goodwin said about the back nine. "The two par-5s on the back nine are the easiest holes on the course."

Goodwin emphasized patience multiple times, especially once he gained an eight-shot lead through two rounds.

"This week, my goal was to play toward the fat sides of greens, be patient, see a few putts go in, and take advantage of opportunities when they are presented," Goodwin said. "With the lead I had, I just wanted to stay really patient and give myself those opportunities." 

Mitchell and Bruce finished T2 at 11-under, Ryley Heath finished in solo fourth place at 9-under, and Phillip Darst finished in solo fifth place at 8-under to round out the top five.





Results: Spirit of America
1ALCarter GoodwinHoover, AL30067-65-70-67=269
T2ALJackson MitchellAthens, AL20071-69-70-63=273
T2ALPaul BruceGuntersville, AL20070-69-68-66=273
4ALRyley HeathDecatur, AL10066-74-68-67=275
5ALPhillip DarstMobile, AL10070-71-69-66=276

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ABOUT THE Spirit of America

The Spirit of America Golf Classic is Burningtree Country Club's long-running, fundraising tournament held annually in conjunction with Decatur’s Spirit of America Festival, which itself is one of the largest, free Fourth of July festivals in the south. Established in 1967, this unique "college team and individual" format event has been home to collegiate players and top amateur players from across the nation. The format is 72-holes of stroke play, with a 54-hole collegiate team division. The "Spirit" tournament boasts many top graduates, like 1995 Champion-turned-PGA tour player Heath Slocum, and 1989 Junior Champion-turned-PGA tour player Stewart Cink.

Starting in 2020 the golf tournament will be a coed event. The plan is to have 30 two-woman teams and 30 two- man teams. The women’s teams will be invited and not have to pay an entry fee.

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