University of Alabama alum, Dru Love earned his 1st professional win on Saturday at Oxmoor Country Club in convincing fashion. After firing a course record 10-under 62 on Friday which included 2 bogies and 2 eagles, Love entered the final round with a 2 shot lead over Ryan Troyer and JB Williams. Love got off to a good start after making birdie on 10 (first hole of the day), and following that up with 4 consecutive pars. Love then added a birdies on 15 and 17, making the turn at 3 under. After making the turn, Love made a bogey on the short par 4 1st but bounced back with birdies on 2, 4, and 5. Love then rolled in a 10 foot birdie putt on 8 to increase his lead to 4, which would be the winning margin.
To celebrate his course record, Oxmoor Country Club awarded a custom engraved bottle of Woodford Reserve to Love, along with a custom Louisville Slugger baseball bat trophy for his win.
Finishing in solo 2nd was Ryan Troyer. Troyer entered the final round 2 shots behind Love. He got his final round started with 2 par’s before making his first birdie on par 4 12th. Troyer then made 2 more par’s before making back to back bogies on 15 and 16, but he bounced back with an eagle on 17 to make the turn at 1-under. Troyer then proceeded to make birdies on 2,5, and 6 to end his day at 4-under, and 16-under total for the tournament. This is Troyer’s 2nd finish inside the top 2 this season, along with his victory at Gates Four in April.
The round of the day when to Ryan Sullivan. Sullivan who started the day in 5th, got his day started with 5 consecutive birdies on 10-14. He made a bogey on 15, but bounced back with a birdie on 17 to make the turn at 5 under. Sullivan made a bogey on 1, and made par’s on 2 and 3 before making back-to-back eagles on 4 and 5. Sullivan holed out from the fairway on 4 for his 1st eagle, then reached the par 5 5th in 2 for his 2nd eagle in as many holes. He added another birdie on the par 3 8th, but a double bogey on 9 dropped him into a tie for 3rd. With this finish, Sullivan has finished in the Top 5, in all 5 of his starts on the SwingThought TOUR this season.
Also finishing in a tie for 3rd was JB Williams. Williams played his final round with Love, but wasn’t able to get things going. He made his only birdie of the day on 11 (his 2nd hole) but followed by a bogey on 12. Williams then proceeded to make 6 consecutive par’s to close out his opening 9 holes. Williams drove the short par 4 1st hole, and converted the 15 foot eagle putt to move to 2-under on the day, but he couldn’t keep the momentum up as he made 8 straight par’s to end his round.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Daniel Claytor. Claytor who is no stranger to SwingThought TOUR leaderboards found himself 5 shots behind entering the final round. He got his final round started with 3 straight par’s before making a bogey on the difficult par 3 13th. Claytor added back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 to make the turn at 1-under. He add 2 more birdies on 2 and 5 to post a final round 3-under 69 to finish the week at 12-under par. This is Claytor’s 7th Top 5 finish of the 2018 season.
The SwingThought TOUR would like to give a major thank you to the members at Oxmoor Country Club for housing some of our players, and coming out to support the event. We would also like to thank Jamie Dekeuster and his entire staff for providing all the support our staff could have ever needed. Jamie and his staff went out of their way to make sure all of our players needs were met. Jamie was also behind the custom engraved Woodford Reserve bottle presented to Dru Love for his course record. We would also like to thank Superintendent Mike Coy and his staff for the countless hours they put in to get the course in amazing shape. A major thank you is also in order for the food and beverage manager Lorenzo Burzimati. Lorenzo was at the club for a total of 6 days before we arrived, but managed to provide 2 dinners for our players on Wednesday and Thursday night. Last but not least we would like to say thank you to David Ernst for all the help he provided throughout the week. Ernst set players up in host housing, and was a liaison for the members to the TOUR. He also help coordinate the dinners and volunteers for the event also. Without the help from everyone listed above, and the countless number of volunteers, we would not have been able to put on such a quality event.
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