“Afternoon” Alex Ross could have spotted “morning” Alex Ross nearly a stroke a hole in the prestigious Dogwood Invitational amateur golf tournament at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.
After a respectable 73 in the second round on Thursday, the rising junior at Davidson College posted a score that came out of nowhere in the afternoon third round. Ross shot 57 on the par-72 course in a round that included 13 birdies and an eagle.
Starting on the back nine, Ross ran off birdies on holes 10-13 before making eagle on the par-5 14th. His only par came on the short 17th, and his only “4” on the back was a birdie on the par-5 18th. Seven “3s,” a “2” and a “4” added up to a 27 on the inward nine.
By comparison, the front side yielded a more modest 30, featuring six birdies and three pars. The 57 total beat Ross’ previous best competitive round by 10 shots—a 67 in the 2019 Irish Creek Invitational In Kannapolis, N.C.
An Atlanta native who attended Pace Academy, Ross was Atlantic 10 Conference rookie of the year in his 2017-2018 freshman season. This year, he was a first-team all-A10 selection with a 73.03 scoring average.
A 57 is virgin territory, especially on a par-72 course. Jim Furyk holds the PGA Tour record at 58, set in the 2017 Travelers Championship. Shigeki Maruyama shot 58 during 2000 U.S. Open qualifying at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. Stephan Jager (Web.com Tour) and Ryo Ishikawa (Japan Tour) also have 58s to their credit.
Bobby Wyatt, who later starred at University of Alabama, shot 57 at the Country Club of Mobile in the 2010 Alabama State Junior Championship, but that was on a par-71 course that measure 6,628 yards. The par-72 Druid Hills course is playing to 6,836 yards for the Dogwood Invitational.