July 24, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio --- Former Georgia All-American Harris English won the Nationwide Tour's Children's Hospital Invitational on Sunday at the Ohio State Golf Club's Scarlet Course.
English, a recent graduate, became just the third amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour, joining former Georgia teammate Russell Henley (who won the Stadion Classic at UGA earlier this year) and Daniel Summerhays (who also won in Columbus as an amateur in 2007).
English is also the third ex-Bulldog to win on the Nationwide Tour this year, following Henley and Erik Compton in the Mexico Open.
English finished at 14-under-par 270, one shot better than Kyle Reifers and fellow amateur John Peterson. English birdied the 72nd hole to avoid a three-man playoff.
“That’s really what you dream about growing up. You want to put yourself in those positions to win. This is what you spend hours and hours practicing for as a little kid,” said Engilsh. “When I saw the ball disappear it was the greatest feeling in the world. It’s pretty unbelievable.”
“My goal was to win this week and I didn’t get it done. I guess it just wasn’t meant for me,” said Peterson, an LSU standout. “If I wasn’t going to win, I wanted him to win it.”
"I could not be prouder of Harris," Georgia coach Chris Haack said "He was such a great member of our program, both on and off the golf course, and it's great to see him enjoy this success. He works so hard at what he does, so he deserves this."
Earlier this month, English won the prestigious Southern Amateur in Palm Harbor, Fla. He also recently was chosen as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for the second straight year by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Since English has maintained his amateur status the $144,000 first-place prize went to Reifers.
English's father, Ben, a former Georgia basketball player, caddied for him in the event.