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Azalea Invitational: Sucher unseats Simpson

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 30, 2008)--Zach Sucher's third-round score of 3-under-par 68 was the third-best round of the entire Azalea Invitational tournament, vaulting him into the lead over defending champion Webb Simpson heading into the final round. Sucher, a junior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, held on for the victory, finishing at even-par 284, two strokes clear of Simpson, who carded a final-round 70, but was derailed by his third-round 75.

It was Sucher's second amateur major victory, the first coming last year at the Cardinal Amateur.

Oklahoma State's Trent Leon, fresh off a medalist finish at the U.S. Collegiate Championship, took third at 292 along with Kevin Tway.

Peter Uihlein, last seen winning the Florida Azalea Amateur, rounded out the top-5 at 293.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made the cut and finished tied for 34th at 19-over 303, highlighting his tournament with a third-round 69. That score was one-stroke better than last year's Walker Cup captain Buddy Marucci.

Final results from the 6,600-yard, par-71 Country Club of Charleston follow:

Name Score
1. Zach Sucher 72-71-68-73--284
2. Webb Simpson 70-71-75-70--286
3. Trent Leon 69-74-79-70--292
3. Kevin Tway 72-72-75-73--292
5. Peter Uihlein 72-70-76-75--293
6. Bud Cauley 69-73-75-77--294
7. Walter Todd 75-70-77-73--295
7. Michael Barbosa 73-76-70-76--295
7. John Pitt 74-71-73-77--295
10. Nathan T. Smith 72-75-73-76--296
10. Patrick Reed 73-78-72-73--296
10. Tim Jackson 74-72-74-76--296
13. Jeff Knox 73-71-76-77--297
13. Warren Thomas 75-79-71-72--297
15. Mike Cobb 74-70-75-79--298
15. Trip Kuehne 72-74-77-75--298
17. Jon McLean 74-74-74-77--299
17. Rocky Manning 72-73-77-77--299
17. Austin Cody 72-74-71-82--299
17. Stephen Sear 77-70-75-77--299
21. Lee Bedford 70-76-77-77--300
21. Spencer Cole 76-81-70-73--300
21. Michael Green 74-73-78-75--300
21. Rick Cloninger 80-77-67-76--300
21. Brady Exber 77-74-76-73--300
21. Gregor Main 82-73-72-73--300
27. Steven Liebler 69-74-81-77--301
27. Hunter Hamrick 78-74-74-75--301
27. Michael Muscatell 81-75-67-78--301
30. Jack Hall 72-77-77-76--302
30. Jamie Miller 75-70-76-81--302
30. Jack Larkin 76-78-76-72--302
30. Brennen King 78-72-79-73--302
34. Brent Roof 71-75-79-78--303
34. Will Kropp 69-76-81-77--303
34. Kyle Dickey 79-77-69-78--303
34. Greg Earnhardt 76-75-79-73--303
34. Tony Romo 73-80-69-81--303
39. Buddy Marucci 77-74-74-79--304
39. Dayton Rose 76-74-78-76--304
39. Gene Elliott 76-78-73-77--304
39. Jacob Burger 79-72-76-77--304
43. Tre Sheppard 80-72-77-76--305
44. Kyle Ellis 81-74-73-78--306
44. Bert Atkinson 81-76-69-80--306
44. Michael Morrison 78-74-75-79--306
44. Jon Schram 81-71-78-76--306
44. John Finster 79-73-76-78--306
49. Buzz Peel 79-71-77-80--307
50. Brad Wilder 78-74-73-83--308
50. Andres Echavarria 73-77-79-79--308
50. Jim Lehman 78-77-75-78--308
53. David McCrary 76-75-73-85--309
54. Vance Welch 74-76-78-82--310
54. Matt Sughrue 78-76-74-82--310
56. Billy Mitchell 80-72-78-81--311
57. Keith Waters 83-73-74-82--312
58. Kevin Driggers 74-77-78-85--314
   
**** Missed cut ****  
61. John Finnin 81-71-79--231
61. John Wright 72-79-80--231
61. Randy Teegardin 78-78-75--231
61. Mark Johnson 76-80-75--231
61. Brad Marek 75-80-76--231
61. Tim Tang 72-82-77--231
61. Robert Dargan 76-79-76--231
61. Justin Schulte 73-79-79--231
61. Erin McDonald 77-77-77--231
70. Dan Crockett 78-80-74--232
70. Harold Wyatt 77-80-75--232
70. Bill Williamson 74-82-76--232
70. Bob Burton 79-79-74--232
70. Charles Buddin 76-80-76--232
70. Wesley Bryan 76-73-83--232
70. Whitten Meares 80-77-75--232
70. Ben Dangerfield 78-78-76--232
70. Rob Wilson 78-76-78--232
79. Robert Gerwin 80-79-74--233
79. Phillip Weaver 74-80-79--233
79. Charlie Harrison 78-80-75--233
79. Minghao Wang 79-77-77--233
79. Hunter Slatton 75-76-82--233
84. Steve Slayden 81-80-73--234
84. Joe Palmer 85-76-73--234
84. Rion Moore 80-80-74--234
84. Jim Burgess 80-78-76--234
84. Wesley Graham 81-77-76--234
84. Kevin Quinn 81-74-79--234
90. Matt Wood 74-84-77--235
90. Justin Hare 79-83-73--235
90. Chris Corn 78-78-79--235
90. David Nelson 78-76-81--235
94. Gus Sylvan 78-75-83--236
94. Jack Kelly 79-78-79--236
96. Frank Ford 83-73-81--237
96. Walker Taylor 81-82-74--237
96. Alan Fadel 83-80-74--237
99. Cordes Ford 78-84-81--243
100. Austin Parks 88-77-79--244
101. Michael Atkeison 87-85-73--245
102. Cory Crump 87-81-78--246
WD. Kyle Simmons 80-83-WD
WD. Dean Channell 77-81-WD
WD. Danny Green 78-72-79-WD
WD. Morgan Hoffmann 72-73-78-WD

 

ABOUT THE Azalea Invitational

72 hole stroke play with a 54 hole cut on a 1925 Seth Raynor design. Good mix of college players and mid amateurs. 7 spots available in a qualifier. Impressive list of past champions at this traditional event. The Country Club of Charleston underwent a major renovation in 2006 (the tournament took at one year hiatus) and was ready for play for the 2007 Azalea.

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