PITTSFORD, NY (June 15, 2019) - A familiar face was crowned the 2019 Monroe Invitational champion on Saturday as Georgia Tech’s Andy Ogletree launched an even-par 70 to win in his fourth attempt. Ogletree tied for third place in 2018, finished solo seventh in 2017, and earned a tie for 60th place in his first appearance back in 2016.
Throughout his golfing life, Ogletree has been regarded as a long hitter but midway through this past college season, he and Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler met for lunch and talked about Ogletree's short game. "He basically told me he thinks I hit the ball good enough to play the game for a long time," Ogletree said...
PITTSFORD, NY (June 14, 2019) - Georgia Tech senior Andy Ogletree drained a 20-foot, right-to-left breaking putt on the 18th hole Friday at the Monroe Invitational to secure the lone round under par for the day and the outright 54-hole lead. It was a remarkable performance considering the downright brutal wind conditions on the course throughout the day.
PITTSFORD, NY (June 13, 2019) - Wind and rain throughout second-round action of the Monroe Invitational was a test for the majority of the field on Thursday – but that didn’t seem to bother Texas University sophomore Parker Coody who shot the low round of the day with a 65 (-5). He moved into a tie for second place at -2 with Charlie Nikitas, a junior at Miami (OH.), who launched a 68 on the par-70 Donald Ross course.
Parker Coody said he’s been working with Scott Foster along with Texas head coach John Fields and assistant Jean-Paul Hebert to enhance his course-management skills. "Yesterday I was kind of ignorant and threw it to the side and I wasn’t paying too much attention," he said. "Over this last year I’ve become more mature and a more reasonable player versus just firing at pins..."
PITTSFORD, NY (June 12, 2019) - Agustin Segundo Oliva Pinto stayed true to his course plan on Wednesday in the opening round of the Monroe Invitational, surging his way atop the leaderboard after carding a 64 (-6). The Cordoba, Argentina native opened with five birdies on the back nine to send a message to the field, before finishing the front -1.
PITTSFORD, NY (June 12, 2019) - Agustin Segundo Oliva Pinto made quite an impression on Wednesday in his debut at the Monroe Invitational. Oliva Pinto, who recently completed his freshman season at North Carolina Wilmington, fired a 6-under 64 at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y., to grab a three-shot lead after the opening round.
PITTSFORD, NY (June 16, 2018) - Kevin O’Connell likes the venues that amateur golf makes available. While it’s hard to beat the competition level of the mini-tours, the 29-year-old explains, mid-amateur life brings a whole new level of enjoyment to the game.
O’Connell, a North Carolina graduate, gave PGA Tour Qualifying School three tries from 2011-13. When he didn’t make it on tour, he applied to regain his amateur status, began work with a wealth management firm in Chapel Hill, N.C., and dove into competitive golf once again.
PITTSFORD, NY (June 15, 2018) - Upon winning the Dogwood Invitational a week ago, Ashton Poole admitted to feeling his legs turn to spaghetti on the first tee. With that title under his belt, though, Poole may feel a little less shaky as he looks to add a Monroe Invitational victory to his resume.
Poole’s third round was relatively uneventful Friday at the par-70 Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, N.Y. He opened with a birdie, then rattled off par after par. A birdie at No. 12 moved him into a share of the lead. He had good looks at birdie at Nos. 17 and 18 but couldn’t convert them. Poole’s third-round 1-under 69 moved him to 2 over for the tournament and he leads Mason Greenberg and Kevin O’Connell by one shot. >>Read the rest of the story | Round 3 Photo Album
PITTSFORD, NY (June 14, 2018) - The small town of Pittsford, N.Y., is roughly seven and a half hours northwest of Long Island, where the game’s best flocked this week for the U.S. Open. But for a window into the conditions that elite amateurs at the Monroe Invitational faced Thursday, picture the howling winds that also plagued Shinnecock for the first round of the Open.
Monroe Golf Club, a par-70 track designed by Donald Ross, did not yield one round under par on the second day of the 72-hole event as wind gusts reached 30 mph. Leader Kevin O’Connell claimed the low score of the day with a 1-over 71. >>Read the rest of the story | Round 2 Photo Album
PITTSFORD, NY (June 13, 2018) - It was hardly a postcard day in Pittsford, N.Y., but Jake Carter didn’t let that bother him. The South Carolina native kept the big numbers off his card despite inclement weather and was one of only eight players to get under par in the first round of the Monroe Invitational. He has a one-shot lead on Ryan Gerard.
Carter, entering his junior year at Florida State, was in the third group off No. 1 tee Wednesday morning and opened with birdie. He added three more birdies on the front plus two bogeys to turn in 33. >>Read the rest of the story | Round 1 Photo Album