Nicholas Mullhaupt upsets Scott Harvey at Gasparilla Invitational
TAMPA, Florida (Feb. 27, 2016) -- Don't tell Nicholas Mullhaupt he was facing the top ranked Mid-Amateur in the world.

He wasn't hearing any of it on Saturday at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, a gorgeous track that's almost the polar opposite of the Tour/Resort course you see them playing at the Honda Classic this weekend. With old growth trees dripping with moss, and a classic layout, Palma Ceia is no pushover, but it doesn't have a "Bear Trap." No island green either. Opened for play in 1916, it is Tampa's oldest golf club.

Mullhaupt made his presence known by posting the tournament's lowest score, a 3-under 67 on the par-70 layout. The back nine was where the Palm Desert, California resident really turned it on, posting 3-under 32 after a 35 on the front.

Mullhaupt waited for the final group to come in. (36-hole leader Bob Royak of Georgia, Derek Meinhart of Illinois, and Harvey.)

Harvey -- the defending champ and No. 1 player in the AmateurGolf.com Mid-Am Rankings -- was 2 shots clear of him at the beginning of the day. He put up a 1-under 69 that was good enough for a tie. And here's the thing -- Harvey had just birdied the 483-yard 18th hole in regulation to get into the playoff.

Alas, Harvey was out of gas as they went back to play it again, and Mullhaupt won it with a par after Harvey, facing a right-to-left wind, pulled his tee shot out of bounds.

"The O.B. is just five yards off the fairway on No. 18," said Mullhaupt. "He just started his ball a little too far left."

Mullhaupt credited his accuracy on winning the event.

"Any time you go 54-holes [at Palma Ceia] without losing a ball, it's pretty good."

Billy Mitchell of Roswell Georgia had a solid finish, taking solo third at 6-over 216. Bob Royak, the 36- hole leader, was right in contention before being done in by a triple bogey six on the 201-yard par 3 16th hole. He took 4th place at 7-over 217. Jack Hall, a local legend in Savannah, Georgia, was the low senior (and T5th overall with Derek Meinhart), at 8-over 218.

Results For Gasparilla Invitational Golf Tournament
1CANick MullhauptPalm Desert, CA30073-72-67=212*
2NCScott HarveyKernersville, NC20069-74-69=212
3GAWilliam MitchellRoswell, GA10073-70-73=216
4GABob RoyakAlpharetta, GA10074-68-75=217
T5GAJack HallSavannah, GA10072-74-72=218

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54 holes stroke play. Good mix of Florida players and national competitors looking for an early season tune up. Played on a traditional, tree lined golf course that isn't very long but has small, undulating greens.

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