Selfridge leads New Year’s Invitational in Florida

Selfridge leads New Year’s Invitational in Florida
 Chris Selfridge, pictured during the 2013 Irish Close in Connemara, is leading the  prestigious New Year’s Invitational Tournament at halfway. Picture courtesy  Pat Cashman

Chris Selfridge, pictured during the 2013 Irish Close in Connemara, is leading the prestigious New Year’s Invitational Tournament at halfway. Picture courtesy Pat Cashman

Reigning North of Ireland champion Chris Selfridge has a one-stroke lead midway through the 89th edition of the prestigious New Year’s Invitational Tournament in Florida.

The University of Toledo star, a member of Ireland's Home International winning side last year and already a four-time championship winner domestically, fired a second successive two-under 70 at St. Petersburg Country Club to lead on four under par from Michael McGowan, a recent graduate of the North Carolina, and Brandon Pierce, a sophomore from LSU.

Notable players in the top 10 include 2014 U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang, who is three behind after rounds of 74-69, tied for fifth with defending champion Sam Horsfield, a 2015 Florida signee. Scores

Former winners of the event, which has been played since 1927, include Johnny Revolta (1928), Masters winner Bob Goalby (1958), Lenny Mattiace (1986), J. B. Holmes (2003), Brandt Snedeker (2004), Jeff Overton (2005) and Peter Uihlein (2009).

Selfridge, who heads for the South American Amateur in Peru later this month, is set to finish up in college soon and plans to play a full-time amateur schedule.

Winner of the East of Ireland and Irish Close titles in 2012, the Moyola Park star retained the North of Ireland Amateur Championship last year and made it to the last 32 in the British Amateur at Royal Portrush.

A potential Walker Cup candidate, he's made eight birdies, two bogeys and a double in windy conditions the first two rounds as he searches for early season form.

PLAYER RD 1 RD 2 TOTAL
Selfridge Chris 70 70 140
McGowan Michael 72 69 141
Pierce Brandon 71 70 141
Carlson Brian 72 70 142
Schlottman Ben 72 70 142
Yang Gunn 74 69 143
Matthew Sam 73 70 143
Horsfield Sam 72 71 143
Dingus Dustin 73 71 144
Czhury Drew 73 72 145
Smallwood Stuart 71 74 145
Stanger James 77 69 146
Liu Jim 74 72 146
Orr Ryan 74 72 146
Tate Kyler 74 72 146
Kelly Sean 72 75 147
Shealy Kyle 71 76 147
Padova Austin 78 70 148
Black Otto 76 72 148
Clark James 76 72 148
Quintessenza Anthony 76 72 148
Tabuchi Taiga 75 73 148
Donegan Richard 72 76 148
DiMarco Cristian 77 72 149
Kevorkian Jake 76 73 149
Powell Austin 76 73 149
Doyle Brendon 75 74 149
Lehman J.D 75 74 149
Winslow Joseph 74 75 149
Cooper Brett 73 76 149
MacDonald Stuart 71 78 149
Weldon Kyle 69 80 149
Russell Sam 78 72 150
Davenport William 76 74 150
Stallings Stephen Jr 76 74 150
Wajda Eddie 75 75 150
Weber Matthew 75 75 150
Painton Spencer 74 76 150
Pisciotta Michael 74 76 150
Dyer Blake 73 77 150
Kuehler Dirk 73 77 150
McConnell Miles 73 77 150
Seger Will 72 78 150
Kollin Max 78 73 151
Poole Ashton 78 73 151
McQuiston Edward 76 75 151
Trim Joseph 74 77 151
Walker Danny 79 73 152
Brown Jake 78 74 152
French Tripp 76 76 152
Gaudette Sean 76 76 152
Brennan Daniel 75 77 152
Schweizer Philippe 79 74 153
Phillips Chad 78 75 153
Ng Brandon 76 77 153
Cho Justin 81 73 154
Leadbetter James 79 75 154
Reed Spencer 79 75 154
Porter Greyson 77 77 154
Reilly Greg 76 78 154
Jones Jimmy 81 74 155
Sparrow Jack 79 76 155
Trim Lucas 78 77 155
Vannucci Troy 78 77 155
Havill Andrew 77 78 155
Whaley Vinsent 75 80 155
O’Rourke Connor 80 76 156
Nix Morgan 79 77 156
Puffer MIke 78 78 156
Barco Luis Fernando 83 74 157
Vea Keegan 83 74 157
Wagner Ethan 82 75 157
Mosely Ryan 81 76 157
Simpson Hank 81 76 157
Joseph Colin 80 77 157
O’Bryan Thomas 80 77 157
Oliver Karim 80 77 157
Stark Zach 80 77 157
Gonring Nathan 78 79 157
Decker Johnny 77 80 157
Burge Alex 73 84 157
Frerichs Ryder 83 75 158
Lahmar Marco 79 79 158
Hernandez Jose 78 80 158
Proctor Colin 83 76 159
Cichan Christian 82 77 159
Heinicka Jeffrey 82 78 160
Ball Winston 81 79 160
Lynch Ryan 79 81 160
Butler Michael 83 78 161
Campbell Conner 83 79 162
Tahy Alec 83 79 162
Daukaus Julius 82 80 162
Werenski Mickey 81 81 162
Warnquist Ben 74 88 162
Usry Evan 89 77 166
Toste Zachary 86 80 166
Coontz Thad 90 78 168
Wolfe Cameron 84 84 168
Crum John 87 83 170
Thomas Luke 86 84 170
Sanchez Nilo 87 84 171
White John 88 84 172
Firpi Alberto 87 86 173
Chang Peter 92 86 178

MID-AM DIVISION RD 1 RD 2 TOTAL
McConnell Miles 73 77 150
Vannucci Troy 78 77 155
Nix Morgan 79 77 156
Puffer MIke 78 78 156
Frerichs Ryder 83 75 158
Ball Winston 81 79 160
Daukaus Julius 82 80 162
Coontz Thad 90 78 168
Crum John 87 83 170
White John 88 84 172