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Florida Azalea Amateur: Kocolowski Prevails
23 Mar 2009
see also: Florida Azalea Amateur Golf Tournament, Palatka Golf Club

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PALATKA, Fla. (March 22, 2009)--Playing in the second-to-last group on the final day, Matt Kocolowski (Apopka, FL) and Julian Suri (St. Augustine, FL) turned the 52nd Florida Azalea Amateur into a two-man duel that didn't end until the 21st hole of the day. In the end, Kocolowski prevailed on the 3rd extra playoff hole to give the high school senior his first win in a big amateur golf event.

Going into the final round, there was a three-way tie for the lead at 3-under among Max McKay (St. Augustine, FL), Shun Yat Hak (St. Mary, FL) and Tom Sykes (Palatka, FL). But on a windy day when only five players in the field broke the par of 70, the lead group struggled and allowed Kocolowski and Suri to surge ahead with rounds of 66 and 67. Only McKay stayed within three shots of the eventual winning score, closing with a 72 finish at 1-under 209.

Final results of the Florida Azalea Amateur, played March 20-22, 2009 at the Palatka Golf Club in Palatka, FL:

1 Matt Kocolowski, Apopka FL 73-67-66-206
2 Julian Suri, St. Augustine FL 72-67-67-206
3 Max McKay, St. Augustine FL 69-68-72-209
4 Shun Yat Hak, Lake Mary FL 68-69-74-211
4 Michael Hebert, Orlando FL 70-70-71-211
4 Tommy Mou, Bradenton FL 70-70-71-211
4 Tom Sykes, Palatka FL 69-68-74-211
8 Eric Beatty, Memphis TN 71-70-71-212
8 Christian Blanchet, Gainesville FL 74-66-72-212
8 Jed Dirksen, Orlando FL 67-73-72-212
8 Nick Mullhaupt, Bradenton FL 69-74-69-212
8 Tom Murray, Ponte Vedra Bch FL 69-69-74-212
13 David Palm, Jacksonville FL 75-66-72-213
14 James Fox, Dublin, Ireland 73-70-74-214
14 Kevin Grabeman, Columbus OH 76-69-69-214
16 Duke Butler, Ponte Vedra Bch FL 69-72-74-215
16 Chun Hung Chan, Bradenton FL 72-71-72-215
16 Tyler Hock, Ocala FL 71-71-73-215
16 Chris Mullhaupt, Bradenton FL 72-68-75-215
20 Billy Mitchell, Roswell GA 72-73-72-217
21 Chris Burke, Jacksonville FL 74-70-74-218
21 Samuel Chavez, Hillsborough CA 72-71-75-218
21 Paul Park, Wayne NJ 69-72-77-218
21 Doug Snoap, Apopka FL  72-70-76-218
25 Jackson Beindorf, Vero Beach FL 69-75-75-219
25 Gavin Cambre, Jacksonville FL 72-72-75-219
25 John Fritz, Charlotte NC 75-76-73-219
28 Christian Martin, Jacksonville FL 74-70-76-220
28 Brad Schneider, Valrico FL 74-73-73-220
28 Devin Spies, Orlando FL 73-72-75-220
28 Tanner Tipton, Palatka FL 77-74-69-220
32 Ryan Smith, Ardmore OK 78-70-73-221
33 Brain Mulvin, Tallahassee FL 78-69-75-222
33 Kevin Phelan, St. Augustine FL 74-74-74-222
33 Jim Ross, Fernandina Beach FL 75-74-73-222
33 Patrik Sterner, Bradenton FL 73-72-77-222
37 Nate Mosby, Jacksonville FL 77-70-76-223
37 Will Sprague, Jacksonville FL 77-73-73-223
39 Peter Sterner, Bradenton FL 72-75-77-224
40 Seth Parmer, Bowden GA 74-76-75-225
40 Roscoe Staples, Jacksonville FL 76-76-73-225
40 Robbie Van Riper, Tallahassee FL 80-70-75-225
43 Will Beard, Bowling Green KY 77-68-81-226
43 Johnny DelPrete, Palm City FL 76-76-74-226
43 Kevin Kinsella, Jacksonville FL 72-79-75-226
43 Matt ParzialeBrockton MA 76-72-78-226
47 Carlos Ferraez, Miami Beach FL 74-78-75-227
47 Jason Gandy, Knoxville TN 76-73-78-227
47 Tommy Kayworth, St Augustine FL  76-75-76-227
47 Joshua Lee, Orange Park FL 80-74-73-227
47 Nick Lerner, Playa del Rey CA 75-75-77-227
47 Butler Melnyk, St Simons Island GA 76-77-74-227
47 John Milton, Jacksonville FL 77-73-77-227
54 Zeyu He, Bradenton FL 78-74-76-228
54 Brendan Iler, Gainesville FL 76-78-74-228
54 Michael Knight, Calgary Alberta Can.  77-74-77-228
54 Joe Latkowski, Port St Lucie FL 80-76-72-228
54 Jamey Salmon, Jacksonville FL 71-80-77-228
54 Chad Wade, Jacksonville FL 77-79-72-228
54 Copeland West, Palatka FL 76-71-81-228
61 Thomas Stewart, St. Augustine FL 74-73-82-229
61 Brock Wilson, Beaumont TX 78-78-73-229
63 Chandler Gruenemeier, Jacksonville FL  72-76-82-230
63 Michael Hirsch, Orlando FL 78-75-77-230
63 Ronnie Tumlin, St. Augustine FL 71-76-83-230
63 Warren Wilhite, Palatka 78-77-75-230
67 Will Flynn, Atlantic Beach FL 78-78-75-231
67 Jay Jennison, St. Augustine FL 72-75-84-231
67 Scott Jones, Orange Park FL 77-75-79-231
67 Brendan Sheehan, Ft. Myers FL 76-78-77-231
71 Eduardo Chavez, Hillsborough CA 79-77-76-232
71 Jim Murray, Ponte Vedra Beach FL 77-79-76-232
71 Brad Stainsby, Lakeland FL 76-74-82-232
74 Jan Vincent Jaro, Jacksonville 79-75-79-233
75 Doug Parigian, Lowell MA 80-82-72-234
76 Jim Keeley, Palatka FL 79-81-78-238
77 Thomas Brennan, Jacksonville FL 83-73-84-240
78 Andrew Kayworth, St. Augustine FL 82-79-80-241
79 Drew Bell, Roswell GA 83-77-82-242
79 Nicholas Szem, Wall NJ 78-77-87-242
81 Tony John Parkerhurst,Jacksonville FL 79-79-85-243
82 Patrick Commins, Fairfax Station VA 82-79-83-244
83 D.A. Riggins, Middleburg FL 82-81-82-245
84 Michael Harrison, Fernandina Beach FL 83-77-86-246
84 Rashad Wright, Orlando FL 79-82-85-246
86 James Kelley, Port Orange FL 78-89-82-249
86 Bill Osmun, Fernandina Beach FL 84-80-85-249
88 Rhett Mobley, St. Augustine FL 84-83-84-251
88 Joseph Moseley, Palatka FL 77-88-86-251
90 Kyle DeVries, Jacksonville FL 90-82-81-253
91 Austin Bacon, Palatka FL 85-91-89-255
92 Brendan McKinney, Parkville MD 78-73-WD
93 Brent Everson, Palatka FL 72-80-WD
94 Ed Waller, Ponte Vedra Beach FL 80-WD
95 Chris Douglass, Ponte Vedra Beach FL 84-WD
ABOUT THE Florida Azalea

The Florida Azalea was started in 1958 as a two-man 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 Tour.

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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