Gasparilla Invitational: Nicholas Mullhaupt is 18-holes away from Repeating
Nicholas Mullhaupt <br>(Courtesy Photo of Ali)
Nicholas Mullhaupt
(Courtesy Photo of Ali)

TAMPA, FL (February 24, 2017) -- The last time a player won consecutive Gasparilla Invitational's was in 2009 and 2010 when five-time champion Peter Dachisen accomplished the feat for a second time. Tomorrow Nicholas Mullhaupt will look to become the sixth different player to accomplish the feat.

Starting the second round at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club within one shot of the lead Mullhaupt, who upset Scott Harvey in a playoff last year, turned in a second straight 2-under 68 to move to 4-under and two shots in front of Kyle Stiles and Mike Finster.

On Friday Mullhaupt poured in three birdies and just one bogey. The birdies for Mullhaupt came on the second, sixth and 18th holes.

Peter Dachisen 2009, 2010
Peter Dachisen 2005, 2006
Bobby Dick 1996, 1997
David Smith 1987, 1988
Jack Veghte 1965, 1966
Paul Tarnow Jr. 1957-1959

Both second place poll setters used second round best 3-under 67's to recover from day one 1-over 71's. Stiles bogeyed twice but offset the slip ups with five birdies while Finster did the same.

Overall 11 players will begin the final round within five- strokes of the lead, including a group of three at 1- under and sharing fourth. That group is comprised of low senior Bob Royak, Brendon Ehlers and Cameron Tennant.

First round leader Matthew Latham struggled on Friday and fell to 1-over and into a tie for eighth.

Results: Gasparilla Invitational
1CANick MullhauptPalm Desert, CA30068-68-73=209
2FLMike FinsterSt. Petersburg, FL20071-67-72=210
T3FLBrian ArmstrongTampa, FL10074-67-71=212
T3GAKyle StilesAthens, GA10071-67-74=212
T5FLKevin DutkowskyTampa, FL10073-69-71=213

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ABOUT THE Gasparilla Invitational

54-hole individual stroke play championship with a cut after 36 holes to the low 60 and ties. Good mix of Florida players and national competitors looking for an early season tune up. Played on a traditional, tree lined golf course that isn't very long but has small, undulating greens.

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