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New Year's Invitational: Ledford by a stroke

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2008)-- Bryce Ledford overtook Bud Cauley in a back-and-forth battle by matching his scores over the final two days at the New Year's Invitational to take a one-stroke victory at the St. Petersburg Country Club, finishing at 6-under-par 281.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior opened the tournament with an even-par 72, and was in the red for the next three rounds.

The final round saw Ledford open the day trailing Vanderbilt's Hudson Johnson by a stroke, followed by Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, two strokes back.

Cauley started steady with 11 straight pars, drawing even with Johnson, while Ledford made three bogeys on the front nine.

Momentum shifted at the 15th hole when Ledford's tee shot narrowly avoided the water, landing just inside the hazard marker. His approach landed on the back fringe, where he rolled a long birdie putt into the hole to take a share of the lead with Cauley, who had made bogey..

Ledford was on in two on the par-5 16th, and ended up rolling in a four-foot eagle putt to take the lead as Cauley birdied and Johnson parred.

Ledford gave back the lead on the next hole with a birdie, setting the scene for a dramatic finish.

Once again, the long-hitting Ledford was on in two on the finishing par-5, but his eagle attempt was well short, allowing Cauley to pitch up inside his ball. Cauley's birdie attempt lipped out, however, and Ledford rolled in an eight-foot birdie for the victory.

In the mid-am division, Jonathan Mathias won with a score of 3-over 291.

In the senior flight, Doug Root held a sizable lead from the point he carded a second-round 72 until the tourney was complete. He finished at 7-over 295, 13 strokes better than his nearest competition, Jim Holbrook.

Full results from the 6718-yard, par-72 St. Petersburg Country Club follow:

  Name   Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Tot.
1 Ledford Bryce 72 70 68 71 281
2 Cauley Bud 74 69 68 71 282
3 Strickler Will 70 75 69 69 283
3 Johnson Hudson 70 72 67 74 283
5 Uihlein Peter 73 73 70 68 284
6 Hale Stephen 72 74 68 71 285
7 Curran Jon 72 73 72 69 286
8 Barlow Zach 75 76 71 67 289
8 Holmes David 72 72 77 68 289
8 Kennedy Chris 72 73 72 72 289
8 Von Borsig Conrad 72 73 71 73 289
12 Fuchigami Takeshi 74 73 71 72 290
12 Pettitt Philip 72 73 72 73 290
14 Mathias Jonathan 73 76 70 72 291
14 Winings Andy 73 73 72 73 291
14 Ford Charlie 75 69 69 78 291
17 Dennis Jeff 76 79 70 67 292
17 Brandon Seth 72 76 71 73 292
17 Mount Jonathan 74 70 75 73 292
17 Coconis Bo 74 74 70 74 292
17 Hoffman Matt 71 75 72 74 292
22 Bunn Brandon 75 75 75 68 293
22 Jensen Michael 73 77 71 72 293
24 Butler Duke 81 71 72 71 295
24 Wilson Peter 73 72 74 76 295
24 Martin Alex 74 74 70 77 295
24 Smith Wills 71 75 71 78 295
28 Whalen Billy 75 75 71 75 296
28 Cole Spencer 80 72 67 77 296
30 McAndrew David 75 75 76 71 297
30 McConnell Miles 73 75 77 72 297
30 Mindirgasov Andrey 72 77 75 73 297
30 Barr Cale 72 73 76 76 297
30 Brown Tyler 71 74 75 77 297
34 Main Gregor 77 77 70 74 298
34 Yamane Kent 73 76 74 75 298
36 Smith Thomas 75 77 74 73 299
37 Belden Brian 77 76 74 73 300
37 Cosat Ross 76 72 76 76 300
37 Barbosa Mike 75 74 74 77 300
37 Mathiassen Thomas 75 74 73 78 300
41 Fox John 76 81 77 67 301
41 Rhodes Andrew 79 76 71 75 301
41 Smith Craig 77 71 77 76 301
44 Coontz Thad 76 81 75 70 302
44 Parker Tommy 78 74 75 75 302
44 Duthie John 74 76 73 79 302
47 Gleixner Robert 81 74 73 75 303
47 Reardon William 78 74 73 78 303
47 May Justin 76 74 73 80 303
50 Leppo Josh 78 76 77 73 304
50 Kania James 77 77 74 76 304
50 Galloway Matthew 81 76 70 77 304
50 Mullhaupt Nick 78 75 72 79 304
50 Schmidt David 75 74 75 80 304
55 Fowler David 77 78 75 75 305
55 Meier Justin 79 75 72 79 305
57 Blann Jordan 82 75 73 76 306
57 Ralph Travis 78 76 76 76 306
57 Nix Morgan 78 75 76 77 306
57 Smith Nicholas 84 70 72 80 306
60 Gandy Jason 81 79 73 74 307
60 Beehler John 81 79 73 74 307
60 Coxe Travis 78 77 72 80 307
64 Keane Jonathan 77 79 75 77 308
65 Mullhaupt Chris 79 78 78 74 309
65 Ebert John 82 74 78 75 309
65 Troy Donnie 80 76 75 78 309
65 Yow Scott 78 81 70 80 309
65 Yow Scott 78 81 70 80 309
65 Downs Eric 71 80 76 82 309
71 Stough Kyle 78 81 74 77 310
72 Brant Mark 79 75 78 79 311
73 Thorson Erick 78 84 72 78 312
73 Kerper Richard 78 78 74 82 312
75 Pike Brandon 85 77 78 74 314
75 Volpenhein Alex 77 81 80 76 314
75 Robinson Zach 79 86 72 77 314
75 Bellville Ben 79 80 76 79 314
75 Baldwin Spencer 77 79 78 80 314
75 Shaw Brent 84 76 73 81 314
81 McMahon Conor 87 83 71 74 315
81 Eggimann Bobby 78 78 81 78 315
81 Boggini Andy 79 78 78 80 315
84 Sierra Stewart 84 78 79 75 316
84 Imura Kazuki 81 77 80 78 316
84 Fiedler Trevor 80 78 78 80 316
87 Young Michael 84 76 75 83 318
89 White Lee 85 77 76 81 319
90 Davis Amory 81 79 82 78 320
90 Clark Calvin 85 75 81 79 320
92 Dumala Daniel 87 78 82 74 321
93 Barker Kirk 88 78 79 77 322
93 Fuqua Ben 87 78 78 79 322
95 Hare Ransom 82 86 76 79 323
96 Merrell Kodi 79 87 80 78 324
96 Jensen Chris 81 83 79 81 324
98 Ruel Daniel 82 86 80 77 325
98 Wolfe Freddy 80 82 81 82 325
99 Park Paul 94 76 75 81 326
101 Weaver Ross 83 85 78 81 327
102 Cuitino Ryan 76 87 85 83 331
103 Sweany Michael 85 81 86 80 332
104 Powell Phil 81 85 87 81 334
105 Ford Phil 83 77 87 93 340
106 Patwari Abe 95 78 86 83 342
107 Quintessenza Jim 90 88 87 92 357
108 Martino Rich 102 90 95 101 388
109 Billings Greg 98 94 97 100 389
WD Lewis Sam 77 79 77 WD WD
WD Holmes Michael 83 93 82 WD WD
WD Kennedy John 88 92 89 WD WD
WD Mesagno Bruce 87 86 92 WD WD
WD Byrd James 86 75 WD WD WD
WD Lorenzano Joe 94 WD WD WD WD
WD Freeman Hagen 112 101 WD WD WD
WD Melnyk Dalton 80 WD WD WD WD
               
               
  SENIOR            
  Name   Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Tot
1 Root Doug 78 72 73 72 295
2 Holbrook Jim 79 77 77 75 308
3 Dollenberg Eric 81 77 79 75 312
4 McBride Sandy 79 79 78 82 318
5 Goff Daley 86 84 82 77 329
6 Williams Dennis 86 84 79 81 330
7 Douglass Bob 86 84 82 82 334
8 DeMott Ken 88 85 80 83 336
9 Hess Bruce 90 85 85 82 342
10 Roark Earl 87 83 86 87 343
11 Gerometta Paul 85 92 82 85 344
12 Lucente Vinny 91 91 82 86 350
13 Bartoszek Don 91 88 85 92 356
14 Wharton Bob 94 89 89 94 366
WD Hope Richard 80 77 77 WD WD

 

Mid-Am            
Name   Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Tot.
Mathias Jonathan 73 76 70 72 291
Butler Duke 81 71 72 71 295
McConnell Miles 73 75 77 72 297
Coontz Thad 76 81 75 70 302
Schmidt David 75 74 75 80 304
Beehler John 81 79 73 74 307
Yow Scott 78 81 70 80 309
Kerper Richard 78 78 74 82 312
Shaw Brent 84 76 73 81 314
Eggimann Bobby 78 78 81 78 315
Boggini Andy 79 78 78 80 315
Sierra Stewart 84 78 79 75 316
Barker Kirk 88 78 79 77 322
Weaver Ross 83 85 78 81 327
Sweany Michael 85 81 86 80 332
Powell Phil 81 85 87 81 334
Ford Phil 83 77 87 93 340
Quintessenza Jim 90 88 87 92 357
Martino Rich 102 90 95 101 388
Billings Greg 98 94 97 100 389

 

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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