The 51st edition of the Goslings Invitational had drama, tournament records and a player shooting an elusive sub 60 round. Danny King on the opening round of the tournament at Belmont Hills GC, fired an incredible 58 to take a four shot lead over playing partner David Wetlauffer. Day Two had Wetlauffer continue his solid play firing a 66. King who the day before had a career round would blow up shooting a 78. That wasn’t the worst of it, he realized he signed an incorrect score card and withdraw from the tournament. A wild 24 hours to say the least.
Past winner and veteran of the Gosling’s Invitational Kirk Hanefeld stalked Wetlauffer when the tournament went across island to Port Royal Golf Course. Wetlauffer found some trouble on round 3 while Hanefeld made his move to close within 3 shots for the final day. Goslings Invitational newcomer Zach Byrd scratched his way back to even and six shots back on the final day.
The winds picked up as the final day went on and Zach Byrd made a charge on the front nine with three under par. He was tied with Hanefeld. But the tournament came down to the difficult wind swept par four 15 th . Byrd would lose two balls and take a 9 on the hole while Hanefeld would double bogey. Wetlauffer only needed to play for bogey on the final three holes to ensure victory and that’s what he did. Congratulations to Canadian David Wetlauffer, the 2016 Goslings Invitational Champion!