Alexander goes back-to-back at Azalea Am
Sunday, March 28, 2010
No one even came close to taking Tyson Alexander’s title away this weekend at the Azalea Invitational.
The Florida senior successfully defended his crown Sunday with a five-shot victory over Cory Whitsett, with his next-closest challengers finishing 13 shots back at the Country Club of Charleston (S.C.).
Alexander, who won last year’s Azalea by three shots, opened the week with consecutive 65s. He shot a final-round 5-under 66 for a 16-under 268 total, seven shots better than his winning total last year.
Alexander, No. 28 in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com rankings, became the first back-to-back champion since Frank Ford III in 1992-93.
Alexander’s father, Florida coach Buddy Alexander, won the Azalea in 1976, 12 years before Tyson Alexander was born.
Alexander, currently 34th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, hasn’t finished worse than T-21 since the Gators’ second event of the fall. His best finishes include T-2 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate, T-3 at the Gator Invitational and T-7 at the Isleworth Invitational.
Whitsett (pictured left), who will attend Alabama next fall, shot 67 to finish at 273. Earlier in the week, Whitsett lost in a playoff at the Monday qualifier for the Nationwide Tour’s Louisiana Open.
Charleston Southern sophomore Jacobo Postor (67) and junior Cheng-Tsung Pan (69) tied for third.