Morris leads New Years Invitational
Blake Morris
Blake Morris

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2014) -- Connecticut native and Ole Miss junior Blake Morris shot a red-hot 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the 2014 New Years Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club.

Morris, currently ranked No. 39 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com U.S. Player Rankings, he seems to like the layout as he finished tied for sixth at last year's event.

Morris holds a one-shot lead over Adam Schenk of Indiana. The Purdue senior and 45th-ranked player in the U.S., most recently took third place at the amateurgolf.com San Diego County Amateur presented by Callaway but turned in top-15 performance at last year's NYI.

Hans Reimers, who plays collegiately at Mercer University, rounds out the Top 3 after three rounds. Reimer's ranked No. 69 in our U.S. Rankings.

A handful of talented players are within striking distance entering the second of four rounds in St. Petersburg.

Florida junior and State Amateur winner Sam Horsfield leads a group of three players at 3-under 69 while defending champion Toni Hakula sits seven back at 2-over.

In the Mid-Amateur division, Eddie Brescher and Matt Giovannelli share teh lead at 1-over 73.

Tom Hyland paces the field in the Senior Division after an even-par 72.

For a full rundown of scores, use the link below.

Results For New Year's Invitational Golf Tournament
1EnglandSam HorsfieldEngland70069-65-71-70--275
2SwitzerlandPhilippe SchwiezerSwitzerland50069-68-69-73--279
3NCMichael McGowanSouthern Pines, NC40069-67-74-72--282
4INAdam SchenkVincennes, IN40067-74-70-72--283
T5CABen DoyleLa Jolla, CA40070-70-74-70--284

View full results for New Year's Invitational Golf Tournament

ABOUT THE New Year's Invitational

Historic invitational golf tournament that originated on the Lakewood golf course in 1927. This same amateur invitational tournament -- which attracts top Florida amateurs and a strong group of out-of- state players as well -- continues, unbroken, each year although the club name was later changed to St. Petersburg Country Club.

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