Tuesday, April 14, 2015

South Alabama Alum Ryan Gildersleeve Wins Ocala Marion County Classic

Kentucky alum Mark Blakefield, Alabama alum Trey Mullinax, Armstrong Atlantic Chris Wolfe finish T3

(Ocala, Fla.) – Veteran Ryan Gildersleeve picked the perfect tournament to make his 2015 debut on the SwingThought Tour Pro Series. The Clearwater, Fla. native must have felt right at home in the SwingThought Tour’s 5th return trip to Ocala by taking the Ocala Marion County Classic Championship after shooting a 4-day 12 under par 276 stroke total, good enough for a one-shot win over a threesome who tied for 2nd at 11 under par.

Gildersleeve, who starred at the University of South Alabama, opened the tournament with a 1st round 67, good enough for 2nd place after the first day. Rounds of 69 and 70 followed leaving him in still in 2nd and a shot back of tournament leader and Texas A&M alum Tyler Dunlap heading into Saturday’s final round. Gildersleeve managed to get up and down on 18 for par, finishing with a final round 2 under par 70. Armstrong Atlantic alum Chris Wolfe had a chance to tie Gildersleeve but missed his birdie putt on 18 finishing in a tie for 2nd with Kentucky alum Mark Blakefield and Alabama alum Trey Mullinax. Blakefield is a past Web.com Tour member who has multiple SwingThought Tour wins while Mullinax earned Web status for this year after making final stage at Q School. This is Mullinax’ rookie season as a professional golfer, following a stellar career at Alabama.

Gildersleeve earned $20,000 for the win while Blakefield, Mullinax, and Wolfe all earned $8,217 each for finishing tied for 2nd. Dunlap, Virginia alum Bruce Woodall, and North Florida alum J.C. Horne, who also has Web status this year, all finished tied for 5th earning $5,050 each. Fellow North Florida alum Kevin Aylwin and former Florida Gator star and multi-time SwingThought Tour winner Tyson Alexander finished tied for 8th earning $3,750 each.

The SwingThought Tour would like to thank Ocala/Marion County, Florida and the members and staff of Ocala National for hosting such a great event for our staff and professionals on one of the top layouts on tour and in the state of Florida.

The SwingThought Tour heads to Tallahassee, Fla. April 19th through 25th for the Killearn Country Club Classic to be held on the former host of the PGA TOUR Tallahassee Open, Killearn Country Club. Past winners at the Killearn SwingThought Tour event include PGA TOUR Greenbrier Classic Champion Ted Potter Jr., Florida alum Tyson Alexander, Minnesota alum Clayton Rask, and Vanderbilt alum Jon Curran. Curran’s win at Killearn in 2013 was the start of his magical Player of the Year season which has let him to a spot on the PGA TOUR this season.  Tournament play begins Wednesday April 22nd and continues through to the Final Round Saturday April 25th. The event is 72 holes spread over the four days with $140,000 purse on the line and the winner receiving a 1st place prize of $20,000 and an Exemption into the Web.com Tour Knoxville News Sentinel Open.

For full 2015 Ocala Marion County Classic at Ocala National results visit: http://www.swingthought.com/finalresults/pro2015017/#.VSwCgdzF-1U

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