Harwell, Pool claim Carlton Woods titles

Doug Pool

Colby Harwell charged from the back of the pack with the low round of the final day to claim the eighth annual Carlton Woods Invitational at The Woodlands, Texas, in a playoff over second-round leader Randy Lance.

Harwell shot 2-under 70 to come from three shots down on the back nine. Lance lipped out the potential winning putt on the final hole. Robert Funk and Nicolas Cristea just missed the playoff when both players made bogey on the last hole.

In the senior division, Mike Booker opened the final round looking for his third consecutive championship, but Doug Pool had one too many answers for him.

Pool carded three birdies on the back nine to surge into the lead, but a bogey on No. 18 dropped him into a playoff with Booker.

After one playoff hole wasn’t enough, the two players headed back to the tee again. Booker just missed the green to the right and was not able to get up and down, while Pool hit two solid shots and tapped in for par to win his first Carlton Woods title.

The inaugural Hullender Trophy, named after legendary senior amateur Bob Hullender, was raised high for the first time by Pool.

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Wardle/Matagrano Win AmateurGolf.com Two-Man Links Title

A perfect week of golf at the amateurgolf.com Two-Man Links Title came down to some final-hole dramatics at Bandon Dunes.

Greg Wardle and Andrew Matagrano were on fire, but Ben Hargis and partner Trey Coker were hanging on. With Wardle -- after hitting driver off the deck onto the green in two -- in position for his third straight birdie, Hargis holed a 40 foot birdie putt, then ran around the green like Hale Irwin at the 1990 U.S. Open at Medinah.

Wardle two-putted.

The teams headed to No. 10, where Matagrano made a 10-foot birdie as Hargis' shorter birdie attempt slid by.

Sherman Haggerty and Ben Whipple took their third senior title while longtime participants Dieter Dammeier and Chris Lawton won the net division.

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Dixie Amateur Announces 2013 Dates, Improved Format

The 83rd annual Dixie Amateur Championship will be played Dec. 19-22 in South Florida. The tournament guarantees all participants four competitive rounds.

On top of the four rounds, the Dixie's tournament committe is making an effort to simplify the tournament experience as well as making it more economical for participants by introducing an all-inclusive package.

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Saladino Wins Havemeyer Invitational

Joe Saladino prevailed over Ryan Barnett, 5 and 4, in the championship match of the 2013 Havemeyer Invitational at Southward Ho.

Saladino, the No. 2 seed after stroke-play qualifying, defeated Mark Reilly, 2 and 1, to reach the final match.

Barnett moved on when top-seeded Hal Berman withdrew.

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Wes Gates Wins Horton Smith Invitational

Wes Gates fired a final-round 63 to win by six shots at the 2013 Horton Smith Invitational at Detroit Golf Club.

Gates shot rounds of 72-65-70-63 and was an easy winner over runner-up Michael Ignasiak, who shot rounds of 69-65-74-68.

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