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Weekend Primer: Fla. Azalea, NCAA & more
15 Mar 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

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We're still a month from seeing the azaleas blooming at Augusta National for The Masters but they'll be out once again this weekend at the Florida Azalea Amateur.

The growing event leads our list of what to watch for this weekend in the world of amateur golf.

Boasting a history that dates back to 1958 as a two-man tournament with winners including 1973 Masters champion Tommy Aaron and former Collegiate star and NBC golf analyst Bob Murphy and current professional and the world's former top-ranked amateur Peter Uihlein, the Florida Azalea is now a 180-man stroke-play championship with a growing field of rising NCAA and junior golfers.

Last year's event was won by Jacksonville University's Cyril Suk in thrilling fashion.

Needing an eagle on the 18th hole of Sunday's final round to have a chance to force a playoff, Osten Waite holed out from 90 yards to seemingly pull off the miraculous comeback to force extra holes. Suk, however, had other plans and birdied the 18th to keep his distance.

Is another dramatic finish in the cards for this weekend at Palatka Golf Club? Phoenix City Championship, St. Patrick's Day Invitational and how things shake out at the Western Australia Amateur.

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