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New Year's Invitational: McKenney leads early

ST. PETERSBURT, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2009) -- University of Florida's Tim McKenney, a decorated junior golfer from Scottsdale, fired a 6-under-66 at the New Years Invitational to take the first-round lead at the St. Petersburg Country Club.

McKenney, who was a three-time AJGA Rolex All-American, 2004 FCWT Player of the Year and advanced to the quarterfinals at both the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur Championships is still within striking distance of a slew of golfers.

Mike Barbosa, John Joseph and Peter Uihlein all carded 68's, while Tommy Parker and Jake Shepherd checked in at 69.

In all, 21 golfers were at or below par on Thursday.

Play continues Friday, with the final round of the 72-hole event on Sunday.

Championship Flight LAST FIRST RD 1 Tim McKenney 66 Mike Barbosa 68 John Joseph 68 Peter Uihlein 68 Tommy Parker 69 Jake Shepherd 69 Takeshi Fuchigami 70 Lanto Griffin 70 Kent Yamane 70 Daniell Blair 71 Jamie Core 71 Eric Downs 71 David Johnson 71 Toby Ragland 71 Jonathan Randolph 71 Arnond Vongvanij 71 Tom Carlson 72 Mark Hoffman 72 George Letson 72 Alex Martin 72 Jacob Repokis 72 Eric Skillman 72 Eddie Brescher 73 David Doing 73 Darryl Donovan 73 David Gersztein 73 Kazuki Imura 73 Sam Lewis 73 Matthew Linde 73 Miles McConnell 73 Nathaniel McCoy 73 Vincent Nadeau 73 Brad Schneider 73 Will Strickler 73 George Gandranata 74 Pete Kellermann 74 Justin May 74 David McAndrew 74 Gus Myers 74 Gator Todd 74 Chase Wright 74 Spencer Baldwin 75 Doug Gordon 75 Ren Han 75 Tommy Mou 75 Peter Wilson 75 Charlie Winegardner 75 Brent Witcher 75 Zach Barlow 76 A.J. Broderick 76 Duke IV Butler 76 David Erdy 76 Andrew Frandsen 76 Brent Shaw 76 Gabriel Costa 77 Bobby Eggimann 77 Nuno Henriques 77 Joe Kinney 77 Anthony Machi 77 Justin Meier 77 Leighton Peavler 77 Cory Siegfried 77 Zac Treash 77 Frank Wrenn 77 John Beehler 78 Fielding Brewbaker 78 Thad Coontz 78 Ross Cosat 78 Greyson Painter 78 Trevor Sahn 78 Kris Shane 78 Hunter Spitler 78 Ross Weaver 78 Spencer Cole 79 Henry Plager 79 Travis Ralph 79 Kodi Merrell 80 Nick Quintessenza 80 Ryan Thornton 80 Kirk Barker 81 Morgan Nix 81 Todd Obergoenner 81 Brandon Pike 81 Kevin Curtin 82 Thomas Mathiassen 82 Michael Murray 82 Ville Vaisanen 82 Matt Baker 84 Ben Bellville 84 Mike Sweany 84 Brandon Baker 85 Matt Hoffman 85 Ryan Gillen 86 Jeffrey Wolniewicz DQ Binnari Kim WD Mid-Am Flight RD 1 Mike Barbosa 68 David Doing 73 Darryl Donovan 73 Sam Lewis 73 Miles McConnell 73 Duke IV Butler 76 Brent Shaw 76 Bobby Eggimann 77 Justin Meier 77 John Beehler 78 Thad Coontz 78 Ross Weaver 78 Kirk Barker 81 Morgan Nix 81 Mike Sweany 84 Senior Flight RD 1 Richard Hope 76 Charlie Hodges 77 Jim Holbrook 77 Stuart Sierra 78 Bob Douglass 79 Blair Campbell 80 Kevin Drury 80 Phil Powell 80 Earl Roark 80 Scott Hatch 81 Tom Sutton 81 Bruce Hess 82 JIm Quintessenza 82 Vinny Lucente 83 Lee Robinson 83 Greg Billings 84 Daley Goff 85 Phil Apple 87 Dean Bramlet 87 Rich Martino 88 Irv Bernheim 89 Don Bartoszek 90 Charlie Canerday 90 Sandy McBride 90 Dennis Williams 91 Bob Byelick 93 Bob Wharton 94 Greg Thornton 95 Hagan Freeman 98

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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