Corey Carlson shoots 63 on Sunday to win Florida Azalea
(Photo by Tom Burnett Golf)
PALATKA, Fla. — While Andreas Halvorsen was in position, and had his sights set on repeating at the Florida Azalea Amateur on Sunday with his two-shot lead entering the final round, University of Georgia commit Corey Carlson had other ideas.
He stormed from five back to with a Sunday 63 to push ahead of Halvorsen and win the tournament by two shots.
Halvorsen, a class-of-2015 junior golfer from Norway, opened the tournament with rounds of 65 and 67, and still played well shooting 69 on Sunday, but Carlson's seven-under 63 was just too good.
Carlson, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., has committed to play for the Bulldogs in the fall of 2015. His future team finished second at the Linger Longer Invitational this weekend, two shots back of Texas, while junior Lee McCoy took home individual honors.
Tim Colanta and Blake Dyer tied for third place at six-under par 204 while a trio of players wrapped up the top-five at 205, including 2014 St. Augustine Amateur winner Edward Richardson of England.
ABOUT THE Florida Azalea
The Florida Azalea was started in 1958 as a two-
team tourney. The field has, over the years,
boasted players who have gone on to greatness at
the professional level. Tommy Aaron, who teamed
with Dan Sykes for the 1960 Florida Azalea team
title, went on to win the 1973 Masters. And Bob
Murphy, winner of back-to-back Florida Azalea titles
while playing for the University of Florida golf team
in 1965-66, was an 11-time winner on the PGA
More recently, there is the 1997 champ
Ryuji Imada of Japan.
The 220-man Azalea field competes in one of six
flights. The first flight is Championship, with a cut
after 36-holes. The next five flights are Net.
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