Lanto Griffin Captures Houston Open PDF Print E-mail


Lanto Griffin celebrates after winning the Houston Open

Houstn, Texas - Lanto Griffin took a 54 hole lead into Sunday and gave zero

indication that he was in uncharted territory. An untimely stumble at the fourth

gave brief cause for concern, but he righted the ship with birdie at the fifth and

another at the eighth to turn in 33.


The 31 year-old Korn Ferry graduate stumbled again at the eleventh, but made

a lengthy putt at the sixteenth. A routine two-putt par at the seventeenth put

him in position for glory coming down the final hole. His lag from nearly 60 feet

was aggressive, finishing six feet past. He canned the comebacker to complete

his final round 69 (14 under par total) to capture a narrow one-stroke win over

Mark Hubbard and Scott Harrington.


For Lanto Griffin things didn't come easy, his father and golf mentor Michael passed

away from a brain tumor when Lanto was just 12. Lanto's coach Steven Prater stepped

up and got Lanto a membership at Blacksburg Country Club. After struggling to make

it as a touring professional, Griffin nearly quit the game. At the Golf Club of Houston

on Sunday, he realized his dream and now will get into so many select events in 2020

- including Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. It wasn't lost on him afterwards,

"I get to go to Hawaii for two weeks now!?" Griffin said. It's mind boggling."