Three share New Year's Invitational lead entering final round
Sam Horsfield
Sam Horsfield

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2015) — There will be quite the final group teeing off Sunday morning at St. Petersburg Country Club for the final round of the New Year's Invitational.

Sharing the 54-hole lead are defending champion Sam Horsfield, reigning U.S. Amateur winner Gunn Yang, and recent University of North Carolina graduate Michael McGowan. Together they hold a one-stroke advantage over LSU sophomore Brandon Pierce.

Horsfield, a soon-to-be freshman at the University of Florida, and Yang, a sophomore at San Diego State, began Saturday in a tie for sixth place three shots back. But both players will find themselves in the final pairing after rounds of four-under 68 jumped them to the top.

McGowan carded 70 on Saturday after being a stroke behind at the tournament's halfway point. He'll join Horsfield and Yang for a special last group Sunday afternoon.

Horsfield won last year's event by four shots over Philippe Schweizer thanks to a second-round 65. He needed just 71-70 over the weekend to cruise to victory.

Second-round leader Chris Selfridge, a native of Northern Ireland who plays collegiately for the University of Todelo, shot 75 in the third round and will need a four-shot comeback to get back into contention.

Results For New Year's Invitational Golf Tournament
1EnglandSam HorsfieldEngland70072-71-68-69=280
2LABrandon PierceCovington, LA50071-70-71-69=281
T3KoreaGunn YangKorea40074-69-68-72=283
T3NCMichael McGowanSouthern Pines, NC40072-69-70-72=283
T5GADrew CzuchryAuburn, GA40073-72-70-70=285

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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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