Three Hoosiers Crack Top-25 at New Year's Invitational
Jan. 11, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Three Hoosiers placed in the top-25 at the 84th Annual New Year's Invitational, held at the St. Petersburg Country Club from Jan. 7-10. The event is not an NCAA event and all Hoosiers competed unattached.
Senior captain Alex Martin was IU's top finisher, coming in tied for 14th place. It marks Martin's third consecutive top-25 finish in the New Year's Invite with a 13th-place showing in 2009 and T-24th performance in '08. In this year's tournament, Martin fired rounds of 71, 76, 75 and 77 for a four-round total of 299 (nine strokes back from the lead and just two shots shy of the top-10).
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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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