Union’s Ogletree ties course record in NYBy ROBBIE ROBERTSON,
Wed, 07/05/2017 - 2:28pm
Former Union High standout and five-time Class 2A state champion Andy Ogletree got his summer off to a good start, finishing tied for seventh in the 2017 Monroe Invitational Championship at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York last week.
Ogletree, a rising sophomore at Georgia Tech finished with a 1-over-par score of 277, three shots off the lead of Virginia’s Derek Bard. But the big news of the tournament was Ogletree’ s final round score of seven-under-par 62, which tied for the course record. Ogletree opened up the four-day event with a 72 and followed up with a two-under par 67. But Ogletree struggled in the third round with a seven-over-par 76. His final-day 62 was 14 shots better than the previous day.
“I was in like 36th place after the third day and was pretty frustrated,” Ogletree said. “I just regrouped and made up my mind that I was going to have to go low in the final round. I just played a little more aggressive and started to fire at the pins.”
Ogletree’s Georgia Tech teammate, Chris Petefish, finished in a five-way tie for second with a 1-under-par 275.
Ogletree said it was his second time to shoot a 62 in a tournament. His first was at the Bobby Chapman in Spartanburg, S.C. But Ogletree thought his most recent 62 was his best.
“The course in New York was longer and had some pretty long rough,” Ogletree said. “This was bent grass instead of bermuda like I’m used to playing on. When I shot the 62 as a junior, the course was pretty short and a lot easier. The course in New York was a lot tougher.”
The Monroe Invitational is one of the oldest amateur events in the country and hosts many of collegiate golf’s top players. The Monroe Invitational was first played in 1937. The tournament has been the springboard for many amateurs who have gone on to play professional golf. Some notable past champions include Jeff Sluman, Chris DiMarco, Erik Compton, D.J. Trahan, Dustin Johnson and Thomas Peters.
Ogletree said he will continue his summer playing in Atlanta at Druid Hills Country Club in Atlanta, just five miles from his new apartment. The club hosts the Dogwood Invitational, widely considered a top 10 amateur tournament golf tournament.