In the Clutch
Gazzolo rallies to win the 2018 Biggs Golf Classic
Golfer shot 6-under-par during final round
By Malcolm Shields
Sunday, May 27, 2018
HERTFORD — For those who were witness to David Gazzolo’s tee shot on the 18th green during the final round of the 2018 Biggs Golf Classic, some might say it ranks as one the best shots in the tournament’s five-year history on The Sound Golf Links at Albemarle Plantation.
Gazzolo’s tee shot on the par-4 hole that measures 343 yards maneuvered past the Albemarle Sound to the right and came to a stop on the green within a few feet of the hole.
All Gazzolo had remaining was a manageable eagle putt to cap an improbable third and final round for the Riverside, California native.
Gazzolo shot 6-under-par 65 during the final round to win the Biggs Classic at 14-under-par.
He edged out second-round leader Drew Weaver who completed the tournament at 13-under-par.
Gazzolo, who began the final round at 8-under par and three shots behind Weaver, shot under par during all three rounds of the Classic.
“I was driving the ball well,” Gazzolo said. “My ball strike was pretty good. Putting was a lot better [Saturday] than the last two days. I got pretty hot with my putter. I just managed the course pretty well.”
He added that he was aggressive on the holes that he wanted to be aggressive on and laid back on others.
Gazzolo held a one-shot lead over Weaver at 13-under after completing the 15th. He ran into some trouble on the next two holes.
On the 16th, which is a par-4, Gazzolo bogeyed and on 17, his tee shot was left of the fairway past the cart path and in the rough.
Gazzolo punched it over the green and eventually had to settle for par on the par-5 hole.
When Gazzolo arrived to the 18th tee, he decided to go for it.
“I just played aggressive,” he said.
The result of his approach went beyond what he expected.
“That was a great shot,” he said with a laugh. “I can’t deny that.”
Along with collecting $12,000 by winning the tournament, which was affiliated with the G Pro Tour, Gazzolo also earned a sponsorship exemption to play in the REX Hospital Open in Raleigh next week at TPC Wakefield Plantation.
The tournament in Raleigh is part of the Web.com Tour, which is the second tier tour just behind the PGA Tour.
“It’s huge,” Gazzolo said of the exemption. “The last couple of weeks, I have been playing well. I’ve played in a couple of Web events last year so I’m use to it and excited to play.”
Emmanuel Kountakis finished the tournament in third place at 10-under-par, Ryan McCormick and Sam Love were tied for fourth place at 9-under-par, while last year’s Biggs Classic champion Chad McCann finished tied for sixth place with Adam Ball at 8-under-par.
Charley Hines, a senior at Perquimans County High School, was honored after the tournament as being selected to receive the Biggs scholarship.
She was awarded $5,000.
The scholarship, which was awarded for the third time, is given to a standout student at Perquimans that plans to attend East Carolina University.
Hines plans to study nursing at ECU.