PALATKA, Fla. (March 17, 2013) -- Talk about a flair for the dramatic.
Needing an eagle on the 18th hole of Sunday's final round to have a chance to force a playoff, Osten Waite holed out from 90 yards to seemingly pull off the miraculous comeback to force extra holes. Cyril Suk, however, had other plans.
Suk, a Jacksonville University freshman, buried an eight-foot birdie putt to keep his distance and clinch the tournament by one shot on a wild day at Palatka Golf Club.
The two were tied entering the final round of play, having shot 69-68 throughout the first two rounds of play. They battled throughout Sunday’s final round only to have it all come down to a miraculous finish.
Tyler Hock was alone in third place to a spectacular closing 65. One shot behind hock was Kevin Jorden.
First-round leader Logan Stauffer finished tied for 14th.
A Golfweek/amateurgolf.com rankings event, the Florida Azalea Invitational first began in 1958 as a two-man team tournament. Throughout its history, the field has included numerous players who went on to success at the game’s highest level, including Tommy Aaron, the 1973 Masters champion, and Bob Murphy, an 11-time PGA Tour winner. Peter Uihlein won the event in 2008.
The host course is a Donald Ross design dating back to 1925. It only checks in at 6,000 yards from the tips but proves to challenge the ever-improving field with its well-placed bunkers and small and fast greens.