McCoy, Morris tied for New Years Invitational lead
Blake Morris
Blake Morris

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2013) -- Lee McCoy and Blake Morris both fired first-round 69s and lead at the 2013 New Year's Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club.

Morris and McCoy lead a pair of golfers, Patrick Grahek and Joshua White, by one shot ahead of second-round action on Friday.

Richard Donegan, Michael Johnson and Brandon Ng are two shots back.

All told, there are 12 players within three shots of the lead at one of the offseason's top events.

The event features many of the country's top NCAA and upcoming elite amateur golfers. Stanford-bound Jim Liu, No. 20 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com U.S. Player Rankings is five shots back after a first-round 74.

In the mid-am division, Matt Giovanelli and Andrew Kennedy are tied for the lead after shooting identical 73s.

Stuart Sierra leads the Senior Division by two shots after an even-par 72 to open play on Thursday.

Results For New Year's Invitational Golf Tournament
1FinlandToni HakulaFinland70073-65-70-68--276
2EnglandJoshua WhiteEngland50070-73-70-67--280
T3NYMike MillerBrewster, NY40073-69-70-70--282
T3TXDavid LeeHouston, TX40073-69-69-71--282
5GALee McCoyClarkesville, GA40069-70-71-73--283

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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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