Tournament News


Dobbelaar survives long final day to win the Dogwood Invitational

The 54th Dogwood Invitational champion has been crowned, with Louis Dobbelaar of Australia holding off the field to win by two strokes with an 18-under total score.

It’s the second major win for Dobbelaar in 2021, having won the Australian Amateur earlier this year in comeback fashion. Before that, he served notice of his potential by winning the New Zealand Amateur as a 15-year-old in 2016.

The final day of the Dogwood was a marathon day of golf for the field as they started with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun to finish out the rain-delayed third round.
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Channeling Bobby Jones, Georgia amateurs shine at the Dogwood

The 2021 Dogwood Invitational included a pair of thunderstorms the last two days that caused long weather delays at Druid Hills Golf Club.

But the prestigious tournament, which is known to produce low scores from those contending for the big winner’s trophy, saw a golfer transferring to Georgia Tech and a current University of Georgia player start and finish this edition of the event with rounds that legendary amateur Bobby Jones, who has ties to this storied private course in suburban Atlanta, would have enjoyed witnessing with his own eyes.
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Manuel Lozada’s long journey to the Dogwood

Manuel Lozada’s second experience at the Dogwood Invitational this week is going way better than his first one two years ago.

The 19-year-old from Argentina who just completed a stellar freshman season at Arkansas is near the top of the leaderboard going into Saturday at Druid Hills Golf Club in suburban Atlanta with 29 holes still to play.
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Summer major amateur season begins at the Dogwood Invitational

Perhaps it only makes sense that the major amateur summer schedule begins in the state of Georgia, since the professional major season traditionally opens in the Peach State as well.

While the Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club is the first professional major each year, the Dogwood Invitational at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta kicks off a busy summer at the amateur level just a week following the completion of the college season.

“In my opinion, yeah. That makes it even more exciting,” said Brandon Mancheno, who will be defending his title this week.
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Worth the wait: Mancheno stays cool for Dogwood title

ATLANTA – Before Brandon Mancheno could claim his Dogwood trophy, he had to stand around and think about it for half an hour. Some players may not do very well with that, but to Mancheno, that’s what teammates are for.

Including Mancheno, there were four Auburn players in the Dogwood Invitational field. When the horn blew Friday afternoon to call players in for lightning, Mancheno had just hit his tee shot on the par-3 17th. He was playing in the final group, and he was tied for the lead with Isaiah Jackson, who had just signed for a final-round 63 when the storm hit.
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Dogwood Invitational: Poole Gets Biggest Win, Validation

Ashton Poole, Chandler Eaton, and S.M. LeeAshton Poole might not have been in the position to win the 52nd Dogwood Invitational if it hadn’t been for an old friend back in Charlottesville, Va.

Poole got a little nudge to get in the field a year ago from former U.S. Amateur and British Amateur champion Vinny Giles, who had been a two-time winner of the Dogwood.

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Lloyd Jefferson Go Breaks Through at The Dogwood Invitational

Lloyd Jefferson GoAfter weeks of threatening leaderboards, Seton Hall’s Lloyd Jefferson Go from the Philippines was able to put the pieces together and break through with a win on Saturday in Atlanta. The newest Dogwood Champion fell behind early but made a furious charge that would be just enough to edge ahead of the field, winning by one shot over Georgia Tech golfer Luke Schniederjans.

Go would begin the day in a three-way tie for the lead, shared with former champion Dawson Armstrong, who has had plenty of experience at Druid Hills, winning The Dogwood in 2015 and finishing in a tie for second in last year’s championship; and Campbell’s Gaston Bertinotti from Argentina who was hoping to cap off an impressive 66-68-67 performance with a big win. >>Read the rest of the story