Erdy Notches Third Place Finish at New Year's Invitational
Jan. 9, 2011
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -
Junior David Erdy was the top finisher among Hoosiers competing at the 85th Annual New Year's Invitational, held at St. Petersburg Country Club from Jan. 6-9, posting a four-round total of 284 (70-70-72-72) to finish alone in third place. Erdy was among seven Hoosiers competing in the non-NCAA event.
Erdy finished four shots behind the winner, Brandon Hagy of California. Erdy's performance marks the second straight solid showing from the Boonville, Ind. native, as he finished in a tie for 20th in 2010.
Freshman David Mills (76-76-74-81) and sophomore Kyle Perry (75-77-76-79) both posted 307 to tie for 55th. Sophomore Michael McGee ended the tournament with a final round 72, which landed him in 78th with a 316 (79-82-83-72).
Sophomore John Beringer also competed in the event, finishing with a 322 (85-85-71-81) to tie for 95th.
The New Year's Invitational has been held every year since 1927. It is the oldest continuously-running invitational tournament in the Southeast and one of the oldest in the country. Originally it was one of a number of tournaments held in the winter months at clubs around the area. The other events, in fact several of the other clubs, are long departed. The tournament was a match play event from its inception until 1956. The first winner was Clearwater resident A.T. Cooper. The 1928 winner, Johnny Revolta, was a combination course ranger - locker room attendant at Lakwood Country Club at the time he won. Later, Revolta became a very successful professional, winning the PGA Championship in 1935 and establishing quite a reputation as a short game instructor. In 1938 he celebrated his return to St. Petersburg and Lakewood with a win at the St. Pete Open, a regular stop on the fledgling PGA tour.
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