VIDEO: Armstrong is 36-hole leader at Dogwood Invitational
Middle Brother: Dawson Armstrong with older brother Dowling (right) <br>and younger brother Davis (left)
Middle Brother: Dawson Armstrong with older brother Dowling (right)
and younger brother Davis (left)

by Yianni Gogonas

ATLANTA, Georgia (June 29, 2017) -- Play continued today in Atlanta, after a preemptive move in which Thursday’s tee times were pushed up due to impending rain. (And that rain came in sheets, albeit a little late, as anyone in Atlanta knows.)

Related: Dogwood Invitational Daily Video Coverage Lipscomb University golfer Dawson Armstrong was able to move into the top spot heading into Friday's third round. Armstrong, now 13-under-par for the tournament followed his 5-under 68 on Wednesday with a 7-under-par 65 in today’s second round, rallying to post a bogey-free 31 on the back nine.

The 2015 Dogwood champion has previously mentioned Druid Hills to be "his" course, and when asked what he meant by it, Armstrong said, “I guess it fits my game really well. I am confident in my game, and I know how much I have grown since then, and to have won it two years ago gives me confidence moving forward.”

The rain also forced tournament officials to starting half of the field off the 10th tee. Chandler Eaton was one of the first to leave the 10th this morning. He caught fire quickly, posting a 6-under 30 in which only one of his six birdies required a putt over 10 feet (on the 15th).

The Duke freshman would find himself alone in first at 10-under-par for the tournament after beginning the day in a tie for thirteenth. Eaton made three birdies and two bogeys on his back nine to finish with a 7-under 65. He is currently two-back, in a three-way tie for second place with Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer and Andy Ogletree of Georgia Tech at 11-under-par.

Ogletree shot the lowest round of the tournament thus far, a bogey free 64, including a 6-under 30 on the back side. He was still critical of his round, as most golfers will be.

“I played well, he said. "I feel like I got off to a better start than my scorecard -- I didn’t make a birdie till the 7th hole. I missed a lot of short putts starting out, but I knew, 'keep hitting it, and they’ll eventually go in.'"

One shot back of Ogletree is Argentinian, and possibly "the most interesting man in the field" Gaston Bertinotti, whose 4-under-par 68 today is keeping him in the mix.

“The course is playing tough (for me) because it doesn’t fit my eye very well. But there are a lot of birdie opportunities out there, and if you hit a couple good shots, you can make a couple birdies,” said Bertinotti.

He has reiterated on both Wednesday and Thursday that the golf course is not a good fit for his play, however, his two-day 10-under-par performance hasn’t seemed to expose any weaknesses yet.

Bertinotti is in a tie with Missouri signee, Austin Fulton, and 2016 Big East Player of the Year, Lloyd Jefferson Go, for the fifth position moving into Friday. Fulton and Go have both posted 5-under-par 67s in their first two rounds of play.

Final Groupings:

8:30 AM ET: Dawson Armstrong, Andy Ogletree, Bryson Nimmer
8:20 AM ET: Chandler Eaton, Gaston Bertinotti, Lloyd Jefferson Go
8:10 AM ET: Austin Fulton, Benjamin Shipp, Steven Fisk

Results: Dogwood Invitational
1PhilippinesLloyd Jefferson GoPhilippines100067-67-67-66=267
2GALuke SchniederjansAlpharetta, GA70067-68-67-66=268
T3GAAustin FultonVilla Rica, GA50067-67-71-67=272
T3GASteven FiskStockbridge, GA50068-67-70-67=272
T3TNDawson ArmstrongBrentwood, TN50066-65-70-71=272

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ABOUT THE Dogwood Invitational

The first Dogwood Invitational, held in April 1941, validated Druid Hills Golf Club as a challenging venue for amateur golf tournaments. The Club has hosted over 94 total Championships over the years, and the Dogwood tournament continues as a staple on the major amateur golf circuit. The Dogwood was discontinued in 1973 and did not return until 1994 when a new tournament format was introduced. The new format included entrance into the tournament by invitation only and added an 18-hole qualifier for eight open playing spots.

Participation in The Dogwood Invitational is by Invitation from the Dogwood Tournament Committee. The tournament is 72 holes of stroke play with a 54 hole cut to low 40 and ties for the final round. Entry fee is $325.00 US.

Players are required to walk during tournament play and may carry their golf bag themselves (push carts are allowed) or take a caddie. Caddies may be requested in advance during registration, or players may select one on their own.

Player housing is provided on an as available basis to players only, caddies and travelling companions are not provided housing.

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