TAMPA, FL (February 25, 2017) -- For the second
straight year Nicholas Mullhaupt has won the
Invitational. And for the second straight year it
down to the wire.
"This year was a little different then last
Mullhaupt said. "This year was more of a grind
year but it was pretty nice to be able to defend."
Leading by two at the start of the
final round at Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club,
Mullhaupt, 1-under for the week, battled tooth
with Mike Finster and Kyle Stiles. On the final
Finster applied some pressure with a closing
Mullhaupt was able to drain an 11-foot par putt
out the the title.
With the victory Mullhaupt became the sixth
different player and first repeat winner since
Peter Dachisen accomplished the feat for the
time in 2009 and 2010.
| Peter Dachisen
||2009, 2010|| |
Dachisen ||2005, 2006|| |
|Bobby Dick ||1996, 1997||
|David Smith ||1987,
|Paul Tarnow Jr.
During Saturday's breezy final round,
turned in a
3-over 73 for his only over-par round of the
week. Mullhaupt started his round off with
three of the first five holes before righting the
a 6th hole birdie. One more bogey did follow on
but pars the rest of the way allowed Mullhaupt to
"Hole No. 10 was kind of he hole that
me in it. I had a 112 yard bunker and hit it fat so
about 48 yards for my third," explained
"After my pitch I had a 12-foot downhill putt for
ended up making that one."
On the way in Mullhaupt also rolled in clutch
putts on the 12th, 14th and 17th holes to
"It was a grind session all day long. I think I
greens all day," Mullhaupt said.
Mike Finster ended up even-par and in
and despite that 18th hole birdie, one shot out of
playoff. Finster put together rounds of 71-67-72.
Kyle Stiles began the final hole a shot off the
while trying to make something happen on the
hole he slipped up with a closing double-bogey.
final hole struggles forced Stiles to sign for a
4-over 74 that left him 2-over for the week and
third with Brian Armstrong.
Four players, including low senior Bob
finished tied for fifth at 3-over. The rest of the
was comprised of Tom Miller, Kevin Dutkowsky
Behind Royak in the senior standings were
Hudson (+7), Bryan Norton (+8), Doug Hanzel
and Marcus Beck (+10).