Aug. 14, 2006
GULF SHORES----Auburn rising junior Patton Kizzire was 2-down through 11 holes but came back to win the 6th Alabama State Match Play Championship 1-up over University of Illinois junior Mark Ogren of Daphne at Kiva Dunes Saturday.
Kizzire then won three-straight holes with a pars at Nos. 12 and
13 and a birdie at the par-5 14th to turn the two-hole deficit to go 1-up through 14 holes. He bogeyed the 15th hole as the match was squared for the fifth different time but regained his lead with a par at No. 16.
Both golfers made par on the final two holes. Ogren, a native of Daphne, has had a successful summer winning a pair of prestigious tournaments, the Eastern Amateur and the Cotton States Amateur and was a runner-up at the Alabama State Amateur.
"It feels good to win and get some momentum heading into the school year," Kizzire said. "I am looking forward to the fall season.
In all of the matches, I would win two, three or four in a row. I was 2-down, but I knew I was about to win several in a row. I just knew it was coming and was confident and then won three straight. I won No. 16 to go 1-up and was coasting from there."
The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native reached the championship match by defeating Robbie Cotton of Brewton 3-and-2 in the morning match. With the match all square through 11 holes, Kizzire made par at the 12th hole to go 1-up, and then had consecutive birdies at a pair of par 5s, No. 14 and No. 15, to close out Cotton.