Nate McCoy closes with 65, grabs Dogwood title

Sunday, July 3, 2011

ATLANTA - Nate McCoy birdied four consecutive holes just before the turn in a final-round 7-under 65 that lifted him to the Dogwood Invitational title July 2 at Druid Hills Golf Club.

McCoy, a senior at Iowa State and the son of top amateur player Mike McCoy, finished with a 22-under 266 total, two shots better than Alabama sophomore Bobby Wyatt, who also had a final-round 65. Illinois senior Luke Guthrie (72) finished third at 16 under.

McCoy birdied the par-3 eighth, and Guthrie made bogey for a two-shot swing that put McCoy in the lead. McCoy then notched consecutive birdies on Nos. 14-16 to hold off Wyatt, who made his own charge with four birdies and an eagle on the back nine.

Guthrie – coming off a breakout All-American season during which he posted four victories, including the Big Ten Championship and an NCAA regional title – took the lead with a second-round 65 but had trouble with his putting in the final two rounds.

“It was a frustrating day for me,” Guthrie said. “The last two days, I couldn’t get any putts to go in.” readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.