Matthew Gourgeot, from Decatur, won the 85th Selma Country Club Invitational over the weekend with a 3-day total of 208.  Gourgeot, who played collegiate golf at the University of North Alabama, had never played the Selma Country Club course until he teed off for the first round Friday morning.  Over the three days, Gourgeot shot a lower round each and every day, finishing Sunday with a round of 68. -- Tim Reeves
Matthew Gourgeot, from Decatur, won the 85th Selma Country Club Invitational over the weekend with a 3-day total of 208. Gourgeot, who played collegiate golf at the University of North Alabama, had never played the Selma Country Club course until he teed off for the first round Friday morning. Over the three days, Gourgeot shot a lower round each and every day, finishing Sunday with a round of 68. -- Tim Reeves

Decatur’s Gourgeot wins 85th Invitational by 3 strokes

Published 7:10pm Monday, May 13, 2013

For the golfers who have found themselves fighting for every stroke on the sometimes tricky Selma Country Club Golf Course, the results posted by Decatur’s Matt Gourgeot will only cause more heartburn.

After having never played the course, Gourgeot went out this past weekend and claimed the title of the 85th Selma Country Club Invitational; posting all three rounds at or below par.

“It was a great course, a fun course,” Gourgeot said. “I had hoped to get away from work early Thursday so I could come down an play a practice round. Unfortunately, all I was able to do was drive around and see a few of the holes Thursday evening.”

Gourgeot, who played golf at the University of North Alabama, shot an even par 71 on Friday, before posting a 2-under 69 on Saturday and a 3-under 68 on Sunday.

“There were a few holes that I let some shots slip away, but I feel like I really played well this weekend,” he said. “Needless to say, thanks to everyone here in Selma, at the club and with this tournament, I will definitely be back next year.”

In fact, with Gorgeout’s 3-shot win over second place Jake Greer, from Birmingham, many of those who traveled with Gourgeot chanted “get used to it” when Gourgeot’s name was announced as the winner.

Behind Gourgeot and Greer was Decatur’s Bryan Askew, who was only the third golfer to finish the weekend overall.

Askew finished at 1-under for the tournament after posting an opening round of 75, before charging back with Saturday and Sunday rounds that were both below par.

Birmingham’s Taylor Jones finished fourth overall at 1-over par.

Andy Stewart was the top Selma-area finisher in the championship flight, posting a 4-over for the tournament, nine shots back of Gourgeot. David Cothran (+6), Bart Barnes (+7), Dr. Don Blanton (+8), Ford Manderson (+9) and Paul Ellis (+11) were the other Selma area golfers placing in the championship flight.

Past Invitational champion Jimmy Reist, of Hartseelle, finished in a tie for 10th overall.

Trey Edgil, from Decatur, claimed the championship flight B-division title with an even par 71 Sunday. In the second flight, Kevin Terrell from Brewton, Steve Hudson from Birmingham and Will Thompson from Selma, tied for first in the second flight A division.

In the second flight B division, Greenville’s Drew Bass won first place.

Prattville’s Thomas Porter took first in the third flight A division over Selma’s Beau Boyd, while Web Manderson of Selma won first place in the third flight B division.

Parker Cheatham from Tyler won the fourth flight A division, with Joe Hagood III and Kory Taylor tying for the top spot in the fourth flight B division.

Dave Syalors of Selma won first place in the fifth flight A division and Brennan Nedley of Selma won the fifth flight B division.

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