Albertson can’t gain ground in final round
by Adam Carrington
acarrington@cherokeetribune.com
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Anders Albertson’s bid to gain on the leaders fell short Saturday, with the Etowah product shooting 70 and settling for a fourth-place finish at the Dogwood.
<Br>Staff file photo by Kelly J. Huff
Anders Albertson’s bid to gain on the leaders fell short Saturday, with the Etowah product shooting 70 and settling for a fourth-place finish at the Dogwood.
Staff file photo by Kelly J. Huff
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Anders Albertson was in contention to win the Dogwood Invitational on Saturday at Druid Hills Golf Club — he was two strokes behind the leader going into the final round — but he couldn’t hit enough birdies to gain ground.

The former Etowah High School star and current Georgia Tech player settled for a 2-under par 70 to end the tournament, which was good enough leave him fourth overall.

Mercer’s Trey Rule claimed the championship, winning on the third hole of a playoff with Winthrop’s Zach Seabolt. Tied at 21-under going into the playoff, and after equaling the first two extra holes, Rule won on No. 18, when Seabolt’s tee shot nipped an oak tree and went off course, which led to a bogey.

Rule won by keeping his shots in bounds and making par.

Clemson’s Billy Kennerly birdied the final hole of regulation to shoot 68 and finish third overall with a 20-under tournament.

The outcome may have been different had Albertson’s putting been as sharp as it was in the previous round. After three straight rounds under 70, including a bogey-free 64 Friday, Albertson couldn’t make enough birdie putts Saturday to gain ground on the leaders.

“Unfortunately, I didn’t have the putts fall my way (Saturday),” he said. “I had my chances but didn’t convert as many as I had during the week. It’s one of those days, I guess.”

Albertson got on a roll midway through Saturday’s round, when he birdied Nos. 7, 9 and 10 and was 2-under with eight more holes to go. But he needed more birdies and went on to par five straight holes before making bogey on 16 and birdie on 18.

“I had a chance to shoot a good number and didn’t get it done,” Albertson said.

Kennesaw State’s Jimmy Beck was sixth going into Saturday’s round, and his chances of coming back to win were slim. Though he didn’t win, things did end on a strong note, fifth overall at 18-under

Beck shot 68, with five birdies and a bogey on the front nine. The came on No. 1, when he missed a 6-footer for par.

Afterwards, Beck’s drives and putts were both sharp. He birdied five of his next seven holes to make the turn at 4-under, and it was the fifth hole where he made a 25-footer for birdie to put him in his rhythm.

With the field not scoring as low as it did Friday, Beck couldn’t get any more birdie putts to drop on the back nine and finished his round at 4-under.

“I was really happy with how I finished,” Beck said. “After the front nine, I was disappointed that I couldn’t keep it going. There is always a ‘woulda, shoulda, coulda,’ but I was happy that I was in contention. Even though I missed some putts, it was good to feel those nerves again.”

Western Carolina’s J.T. Coston shot 66 to jump into sixth behind Beck. Georgia State’s Davin White (72) was another shot back, while Georgia Southern’s Henry Mabbett (68), LSU’s Zach Wright (69) and Australian amateur Travis Smyth (70) rounded out the top 10.
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