Weekend Recap: Rain-shortened Azalea & more
25 Mar 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

Austin Langdale (left) and Zach Atkinson <br>were the weekend's two biggest winners.
Austin Langdale (left) and Zach Atkinson
were the weekend's two biggest winners.

Considered the official kickoff of the amateur golf season, the Azalea Invitational took over headlines across the country this weekend as one of the year’s top fields took aim at The Country Club of Charleston.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans for the 65th playing of the prestigious event.

Torrential Saturday rain made the course unplayable as the tournament committee called the event after just two rounds. The win, however, was still meaningful for Clemson- bound junior Austin Langdale.

“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “It feels weird with the last shots hit on Friday but it’s a great feeling. To look at the names on the locker room wall and see Webb Simpson and names like that, it’s pretty cool to have my name next to last year’s U.S. Open champ.”

Langdale held the lead after the first two days of play and was declared winner on Sunday. He opened play Thursday with a 5-under 66 and shot 69 on Friday to take a two-shot lead into the weekend.

Scott Harvey, a talented mid-am from North Carolina, finished alone in second place at 5-under after his Friday 67. Will Long, another junior, finished in third place after two- straight 69s to open the event. Jim Liu, who fired a competitive course record 63 on Friday, was among a group of three players tied for fourth place. Cameron Champ and Carson Young also finished at 3- under.

Mike Miller, the highest ranked player (5th) in the event according to the Goflweek/amateu rg olf.com U.S. Player Rankings, managed a pair of 70s and finished alone in seventh place. North Carolina mid-am Matt Crenshaw and Jack Maguire, who won the 2012 St. Augustine Amateur, were one shot back in eighth place at even par. Former PGA Tour pro and 1997 Azalea Invitational champion John Engler finished tied for 12th. He shot rounds of 73-70 to finish 1-over.

Four-time U.S Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith was tied for 20th at 3-over, one shot better than fellow Walker Cup hopeful Todd White.

ATKINSON WINS TEXAS NORTH MID-AM: Zach Atkinson, former golfer at the University of North Texas and the 2004 Texas State Amateur winner, took home the top spot at the Texas North Mid-Amateur Championship at the Trophy Club.

Atkinson fired a second-round 67 that proved to be the difference maker as his 75 on a chilly Sunday was just enough to maintain his lead.

Brandon Scott tried to keep pace with Atkinson, firing a second-round 68 but finished alone in second place.

Colby Harwell was third with consecutive 73s while amateurgolf.com member and Player Staff Representative Jay Csipkes took fourth.

WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN FOR WOULFE/ANDERSON : Stephen Anderson and Rick Woulfe combined to shoot a rounds of 65-69 to win the Florida Mid- Am/Senior Four Ball at Santa Lucia River Club in Port St.Lucie. Woulfe, of course, has a long history of notable amateur victories. He defeated Tiger Woods to win the 1992 Dixie Amateur and has been a mainstay in Florida events for more than 10 years.

The winners were three shots better than Matt Bianchini and Owen Joyner, who went 69-68. Pete Williams and Steve Earsley tied for third alongside Jeff Neugebauer.

AGC’S CY WHITNEY WINS SUN COUNTRY SPRING STROKE PLAY: Amateurgolf.com member and Player Staff representative Cyrus Whitney won easily at the 2013 Sun Country Amateur Golf Association Spring Stroke Play Championship held at Picacho Hills Country Club in Las Cruces, N. Mex.

Whitney, who won the senior division at the 2013 amateurgolf.com San Diego County Amateur, led after a Round 1 73 and cruised to a two- shot victory.

Patrick Beyhan shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday but couldn’t quite knock off Whitney, finishing tied for second place with Sam Saunders, who shot 70 on Sunday.

Whitney also won the senior division, rolling past runner-up Jim Collins by an impressive nine shots.

BERNSON, RESSEGUIE PREVAIL AT GEORGIA FOUR- BALL: Gery Bernson and Scott Resseguie combined to post rounds of 70- 68-70, finishing atop the leaderboard at the 2013 Georgia Four-Ball at Doublegate Country Club in Albany.

Bernson and Resseguie led after 36 holes and never looked back with a sound 70 to close at the 25th playing of the event. They were one shot better than David Matthews and Doug Rayford, who finished alone in second place.

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