ALL EVEN AT DARK BELMONT HILLS, IslandStats.com
4 Dec 2008
Defending Amateur Champion Daniel Augustus defends his title in style, while for the first time the Gosling’s Invitational had to be decided by a playoff. However the players took the playoff into the darkness and decided to shake hands on the sixth playoff hole and sharing the first place and second place checks.
Joe Horowitz seemed very calm as always however he could not hang onto his lead and in fact had to hang on himself to force a playoff. He had one last opportunity on the 18th to win the championship but his 4 footer slid by the hole.
The playoff rotation was as follows: 1st, 9th, 10th and 11th. On the 10th hole Mike Donald hit the driver onto the left side of the green but uncharacteristically skulled his chip to the other side of the green. Meanwhile Horowitz hit an iron off of the tee and then stuck his second shot close to the hole for a tap in for birdie. Donald chips in for birdie three to tie and force them to continue.
When they reached the sixth playoff hole #9 the drama continued with Donald barely missing his birdie putt to win the championship out right. Horowitz putted his ball past the pin and onto the other side and made a dramatic putt to tie. Due to darkness the players agreed to share the money and title with Donald graciously handing Horowitz the trophy to keep. Both players finished their rounds at 1 under par 279 for the four days and collected a check for $8,000 each.
Although there was plenty of drama for the title, Canadian Danny King pulled himself into contention with a brilliant 65 to move to even for the tournament 280 and missing out on the playoff by one shot. He nearly played his way out of the tournament with a second round 77 but kept his composure and finished 69-65 for the tournament. Defending Champion Tim Conley finished in third place at 1 over 281 for the tournament.
Gosling's Invitational Final Round Top 10 Leaderboard
-1 Joe HOROWITZ
-1 Mike DONALD
E Daniel KING
+1 Tim CONLEY
+2 Kirk HANEFELD
+4 Craig MARSEILLES
+5 Keir SMITH
+5 Dwayne PEARMAN
+5 a-Daniel Augustus
+8 Delroy CAMBRIDGE
+8 Brian MCCANN
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