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Johnson wins Horton Smith title with help from final-round 66
11 May 2019
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: Horton Smith Invitational, Detroit Golf Club

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For the first time this year, the Horton Smith Invitational has the distinction of being an amateur event that shares a venue with a PGA Tour event. The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be played at Detroit Golf Club in June.

After four days at the event honoring Horton Smith, the long-running professional at Detroit Golf Club and the man who won the inaugural Masters Tournament in 1934, Ryan Johnson came out ahead. Johnson had rounds of 73-70-72-66 after alternating between the North and South courses this week.

Johnson’s final-round 66 on the south course tied the lowest score of the final round. It also was the final-round boost he needed to leapfrog runner-up Michael Busse, who had a share of the 54-hole lead with Will Anderson. Johnson was three shots back starting the final day.

Nick Gunthorpe finished third, a shot behind Busse, after getting a big boost from a final-round 67. Ben Smith was solo fourth another shot behind that.

ABOUT THE Horton Smith Invitational

Detroit Golf Club plays proud host to the annual Horton Smith Invitational each Spring. The 72-hole stroke play event, founded in 1964 by Bill Michaels, began as an 18-hole invitational to honor the long time Detroit Golf Club Head Professional who had a rich playing career of his own (he was the last person to defeat Bobby Jones in competition prior to Jones' retirement in 1930)

In 1971, Detroit G.C. members Dennis Lenehan, Tom Chisholm and Phil Wigle received approval to merge the Michigan Medal Play and Horton Smith Invitational. This proved to solidify an immensely talented field of participants each year and thus, further perpetuated the memorial to Horton Smith and his golfing heritage. That heritage includes winning 32 events and being selected for five Ryder Cup teams (he was never defeated). Smith is best known as the winner of the inaugural Masters, then known as the Augusta National Invitational.

"There is no way to measure what Horton has done for golf." -- Bobby Jones

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