And he did exactly that, shooting a 1-over-par 73 at Everett Golf and Country Club to tie Arlington's Anthony Allen for first place through 18 holes of regulation, and then winning with a long par-saving putt on the first playoff hole.
"I really wanted to win," said Cornett, a senior who tied for fourth at last year's Dolan Invitational. "This is like the only tournament I hadn't won, so I'm very pleased with that."
The playoff victory salvaged a round that was steady, though less than spectacular for Cornett. He finished with three birdies and four bogeys, and two of those bogeys came on the final three holes of regulation, leaving him "a little frustrated after my round," he said.
And victory was anything but certain in the playoff when Cornett pushed his tee shot on Everett G&CC's No. 1 hole into the right rough. The ball ended up in a muddy patch and he thought he might get relief from casual water, but head pro Brent Webber ruled "there was no water coming up, so I had to hit from the muddy area," Cornett said.
His second shot was also less than stellar -- "I tried cutting it and I chunked it," he said -- leaving him about 20 yards from the green and 40 yards from the pin on the par-4, 391-yard hole. He chipped on and had a 16-foot putt to save par.
Allen, meanwhile, hit his tee shot down the right side of the fairway and pitched to the fringe just short of the green. His third shot, a putt, ended up about 6 feet from the cup.
Putting first, Cornett rolled his ball slightly uphill and into the hole with a break of almost 2 feet right to left.
"It was a scrambling par, definitely," Cornett said with a grin. After three so-so shots, "it all works out with a (good) putt."
Allen followed with a try that barely missed to the right, ending the match.
Overall, the round "was kind of indifferent," said Cornett, who will play next year on the Seattle University golf team. "I didn't play very good, but I also didn't do anything terrible. ... I birdied my first hole (on Everett G&CC's No. 3 with the shotgun start) and that was nice. It's always nice to get off to a good start."
For Allen, who is also a senior, it was his second runner-up finish at the Dolan Invitational, following a tie for second two years ago.
Monday's tournament was held on a mostly ideal afternoon for golf. The field enjoyed sunshine and blue skies for most of the day, though clouds came in late and there was a brief squall as most of the golfers were wrapping up their rounds.
But the rains let up and the clouds began to part just as Cornett and Allen headed back out for the playoff.
"The weather was perfect," Allen said. "You couldn't ask for a better day. The conditions were awesome and the course was in great shape."
Sean Goldfinch of Archbishop Murphy finished third with a 2-over 74, one stroke better than Kamiak's Chris Hatch and Monroe's Owen Fenner, who tied for fourth.
Kamiak won the team title with three golfers shooting in the 70s. In addition to Hatch at 75, Chris Trent had a 77 and Steven Cabanday shot a 78 for the Knights, who finished with a 309 total. Second place went to Archbishop Murphy at 315.
The tournament honors former Everett G&CC member Tom Dolan, who died in 1981. Prior to his death, Dolan bequeathed money to the club to promote the game for young golfers.
Tom Dolan Memorial Invitational
At Everett Golf and Country Club
18 holes, par 72
Team scores: Kamiak 309, Archbishop Murphy 315, Snohomish 327, Meadowdale 333, Lake Stevens 334, Everett 335, Glacier Peak 335, Arlington 336, Monroe 343, Cascade 348, Stanwood 349, Kings 349, Edmonds-Woodway 351, Shorewood 355, Oak Harbor 359, Marysville Getchell 361, Marysville Pilchuck 367, Jackson 370, Shorecrest 371, Mountlake Terrace 375, South Whidbey 394, Mariner 434, Lynnwood DNQ.
Kyle Cornett, Jackson* 73
Anthony Allen, Arlington 73
Sean Goldfinch, Archbishop Murphy 74
Chris Hatch, Kamiak 75
Owen Fenner, Monroe 75
Chris Trent, Kamiak 77
Michael Sideruis, Snohomish 77
Keaton Yalowicki, Edmonds Woodway 77
Ben Thacker, Archbishop Murphy 77
Steven Cabanday, Kamiak 78
Matt Kornegay, Kamiak 79
Conner Denessen, Glacier Peak 78
Jamie Wright, Shorewood 78
Stuart Schachle, Shorewood 79
Chris Olson, Cascade 80
Mike Simpson, Everett 80
Brayden Webb, Lake Stevens 80
Halen Davis, Stanwood 80
Cody Sigvartson, Stanwood 80
Adam White, Everett 81
Trent Jones, Shorecrest 81
Ben Richards, Glacier Peak 81
Jack Ryan, Kings 81
Quinn Stanley, Archbishop Murphy 81
Tyler Singer, Kamiak 82
Connor Martinis, Marysville Pilchuck 82
Quinnton Wallace, Oak Harbor 82
Tanner Perry, Snohomish 82
Luke Kuna, Snohomish 82
Jacob Reiswig, Marysville Getchell 82
Nick Rothrock, Arlington 83
Joey Haughney, Meadowdale 83
Nate Glazewski, Meadowdale 83
Nick Glazewski, Meadowdale 83
Luke Bolles, Archbishop Murphy 83
Anthony Guerrero, Lake Stevens 84
Erik Lundquist, Lake Stevens 84
Trevor Frisby, Meadowdale 84
Cody McLane, Arlington 85
TJ Lewis, Everett 85
Jonathan Cisneros, Cascade 86
Nate Slater, Lake Stevens 86
Michael Fretz, Monroe 86
Austin Willis, Snohomish 86
Frank Pina, Glacier Peak 86
Drew Gradwohl, Edmonds Woodway 87
Gage St. John, Marysville Getchell 87
Chris Peterson, Monroe 88
Keegan Willis, Snohomish 88
Jack Lund, Stanwood 88
Karson Dreher, Kings 88
Jeffrey Coats, Kings 88
Cameron Metcalfe, Cascade 89
Dereck Boll, Everett 89
Tony Preston, Marysville Pilchuck 89
Wis Joemjumroon, Mariner 90
John Youn, Jackson 90
Taylor Gildersleeve, Glacier Peak 90
Weston Frisby, Meadowdale 90
RJ Eserjose, Shorecrest 91
Mac Kerfoot, Oak Harbor 92
Jerin Applegarth, Oak Harbor 92
Josh Reines, Glacier Peak 92
Drew Williams, Mountlake Terrace 92
Mike Jenson, Mountlake Terrace 92
Isaac Trosvig, Kings 92
Austin Fields, Coupeville 92
Simon Joesphson, Cascade 93
Hunter Adams, Oak Harbor 93
Marcus Lynch, Edmonds Woodway 93
Derrick Riley, South Whidbey 93
Matt Jenson, Mountlake Terrace 93
EJ Tilt, Edmonds Woodway 94
David Garrison, Monroe 94
Tony Tilt, Edmonds Woodway 94
Tyler Scarr, Lynnwood 94
Aiden McCann, Arlington 95
Brendan Borromeo, Marysville Pilchuck 95|
Ryan Clausen, Marysville Getchell 96
Tynan Vincent, Marysville Getchell 96
Andy Wilson, Cascade 97
Israel Martinez, Jackson 97
Caleb Knaack, Oak Harbor 97
Nathan Hannah, Shorecrest 97
Evan Merculief, South Whidbey 97
Sam Stapleton, Shorewood 98
Miles Allen, Mountlake Terrace 98
Rui Nakagawa, Lynnwood 98
Morgan Baylor, Shorewood 100
Daniel Caron, South Whidbey 100
Conner Lindgren, Marysville Getchell 100
Cody Boll, Everett 101
Braden Whitney, Lake Stevens 101
Austin Tande, Marysville Pilchuck 101
Zach Reynolds, Monroe 101
Jordan Lyons, Stanwood 101
Raza Khan, Mariner 102
Marco Willis, Shorecrest 102
Nico Malig, Mountlake Terrace 102
Bobby Kuo, Archbishop Murphy 102
Dylan Greene, Stanwood 104
Jordan Hoch, South Whidbey 104
Dylan Hayre, Shorecrest 105
Gordon Krippaehne, Kings 105
Brian Serwold, Shorewood 108
Marcus Blake, Jackson 110
Paul Kim, Jackson 111
Peter Chang, Mariner 111
Juan Bradford, Marysville Pilchuck 114
Timmy Cao, Lynnwood 117
Jon Rasmussen, South Whidbey 125
Nick Mayfield, Mariner 131
Tomas Villagomez, Mariner 147
Cory Taylor, Arlington NC
*Won on the 1st Playoff Hole
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