Florida Azalea Amateur: Russell Bowie Leads Way
Palatka Golf Club
(Palatka Golf Club Photo)
PALATKA, FL (March 19, 2016)--Russell Bowie (-5) has taken the lead at the Florida Azalea Amateur being contested at Palatka Golf Club. He will take a one stroke lead into tomorrow's final round.
Bowie (Mississauga, Ont.) who finished tied for 22nd in last year's Canadian Men's Amateur Championship followed an opening round 69 up with a second day 4-under par 66.
Daniel Brennan (Shannon, Ireland) will start one back at 4-under. First round leader Jackson Stoup (Naples, FL) starts one further back in third place at 3-under par after a 2-over day.
Former Augusta University golfer Jackson Stroup leads the Florida Azalea Amateur after a first round 65 (5-under) .
Stroup (Naples, Fla.) will take a two-shot lead into the 2nd round over a trio of players at 3-under including Daniel Brennan (Ireland), Spencer Schindler (Jacksonville, FL), and Austin Evans (St. Augustine, FL). Overall, twelve players are under-par and within four shots heading into the 36-hole weekend.
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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