Former Auburn All-American Dominic Bozzelli wins 1st Tour title

PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ( – Former Auburn All-American Dominic Bozzelli won the inaugural Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, his first career Tour win, on Sunday. The win vaults him into sixth on the money list.

The Rochester, N.Y., native, who was a two-time All-America selection in 2012 and 2013, fired a 4-under 6 for a 24-under total, four shots ahead of a trio of golfers in Roberto Diaz, Sam Ryder and Blake Adams. Bozzelli’s other three rounds were 69-63-64.

“This is a big relief,” said Bozzelli. “I really wanted to win this year. I think I’m pretty close to locking up that card. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m going to enjoy this one for sure, but I’d like to try and get another one.

“The goal was to get onto the PGA Tour. Getting this win changes things. The win will help my confidence. I think the sky’s the limit from here.”

Bozzelli, who is in his first full season on the Tour after playing 10 events last season and five in 2014, earned $112,500 to jump from 37th to sixth on the money list with $163,288. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn PGA Tour cards.

A mainstay at his college events at Auburn and on hand to witness his first career Tour win were his family, including father, Dominic, mother, Susan, and sister, Bianca. Former Auburn golfer Andrew Medley is Bozzelli’s caddy.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for their support,” said Bozzelli. “To have them here to see that first one was really special. It’s definitely a week we won’t forget.”

Bozzelli had a then career-best t-4th at the Rex Hospital Open two tournaments ago on May 15. He was in the final group after rounds of 68-66-67 and was just one shot off the lead entering the final round, but shot a 73.  It was much different this Sunday.

Last season, Bozzelli tied for 13th at the News Sentinel Open where he closed with a 63 and tied for 16th at the Nova Scotia Open. He was the 2014 NGA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, winning four times, after turning pro in 2013.

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