Kyler Tate (UCF Athletics/Twitter photo)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2018) – The lead changed hands after every round of the New Year’s Invitational, but in the end UCF senior Kyler Tate
went home with the title.
Tate’s win is a product of a mad final-round birdie run that vaulted him from T-6 after 54 holes to first after 72 holes. He started with a bogey at No. 2, then went 4 under from Nos. 5-9. He also had three birdies in his final four holes to reach 5-under 67 at St. Petersburg Country Club.
Tate was T-26 at the Orlando International Amateur at the end of December. Last spring, he finished T-3 at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
At 5 under for the week, Tate clipped runner-up Sampson-yunhe Zheng
by two shots. William Wann
, a Mississippi State commit, was third another shot back.
Third-round leader Gordan Brixi
, who entered the final round with a three-shot lead, tied for fourth with Greyson Porter
, last year’s runner-up. Brixi, 16, fell to 77 on Sunday while Porter, a Florida State junior, rallied with a 71 to rise from sixth to his T-4 position.
Graysen Huff and Jordan Batchelor
tied for sixth at even par.
won the mid-amateur division with rounds of 73-73-69-78. Lyons was six shots ahead of Joe Alfieri
In the senior division, Robert Bechtol
won by a two-shot margin over Dennis Monahan.
ABOUT THE New Year's Invitational
Historic invitational golf tournament that
on the Lakewood golf course in 1927. This
amateur invitational tournament -- which
top Florida amateurs and a strong group of out-of-
state players as well --
unbroken, each year although the club
later changed to St. Petersburg Country
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