Toni Hakula captures New Year's Invitational
Toni Hakula
Toni Hakula

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2013) -- Toni Hakula fired a final-round 68 and took home the top prize at the 2013 New Year's Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club by four shots.

Hakula, a junior at the University of Texas and a native of Espoo, Finland, took the lead on Friday with a second-round 65 and never looked back.

Joshua White rallied with a final-round 67, which was good enough to propel him into second place. But in the end, it wasn't enough to upend the winner, Hakula.

Michael Miller and David Lee were tied for third place while first-round co-leader Lee McCoy finished fifth. McCoy was in the lead after first-round play alongside Blake Morris, who tied for sixth with Michael McGowan and Shotaro Ban.

The event featured many of the country's top NCAA and upcoming elite amateur golfers.

Joe Alfieri prevalied in a two-horse race to win the Mid-Am division. Alfieri entered the final round tied with Matt Giovanelli but shot a final-round 72 to win by four shots.

Kenny Cook was third.

In the Senior division, Tom Hyland shot a final-round 68 to win by an impressive 10 shots. Stuart Sierra was second.

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

View full results for New Year's Invitational Golf Tournament

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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