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Three share First Round St. Augustine Amateur lead

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A trio of
players –Cole Castro, Ryan Mosley and Brett Schell–
have all opened the St. Augustine Amateur with 2-under
68’s to take a one-stroke first round lead. When play
continues Saturday at St. Johns Golf Club Brandon
Mancheno will be the closest pursuer in fourth place at
1-under. In all 14 players are within four-strokes of the
lead with two days remaining.

Castro, who made it to the Round of 32 at the
FSGA Junior Amateur Match Play this year, started on
the 10th hole and got his week off to a good start with a
bogey-free 2-under 34 opening nine holes. From there
things got a bit bumpy at times for the high school
senior but he was able to secure his spot atop the
leaderboard with three birdies and three bogeys for an
even-par second nine. On the day Castro birdied six
holes and bogeyed four.

For Schell it was a six birdie, four bogey day as
well. His day got off to a quick start with birdies on
three of the first five holes. However, Schell also mixed
in a bogey, so after his birdie on the 5th he was 2-
under.
From there it was an even-par round with three more
birdies and three additional bogeys.

The final member of the leading group is Flagler
College junior Ryan Mosley. Beginning on No. 1, Mosley
parred his first eight holes before rolling in a
momentum changing birdie on the 9th to reach red
figures. Now at 1-under, Mosely swiftly moved to 4-
under with an eagle on the par-5 12th and then a 15th
hole birdie. Poised to lead alone after the first round,
Mosley slipped up down the stretch as be bogeyed the
last two holes.

2017 Auburn commit Brandon Mancheno posted his
1-under 69 via a four birdie, two bogey, one double-
bogey round. Mancheno was 3-under until he doubled
the 18th hole.

Mike Boss, Mike Stiles and Spenser Slayden are all
tied for fifth after even-par 70’s.

St. Augustine Amateur tees off Friday

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The 2016 St. Augustine Amateur will begin on Friday morning at St. Johns Golf Club with tee times running from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Play for the 84 player event will continue on Saturday before concluding with the final round on Sunday.

Beginning in 2004, this year marks the 13th playing of the event. In 2015 the St. Augustine Amateur, which also includes a Mid-Amateur Division, was won by James Yoon, who finished 6-under.

“We started this event because we wanted to have an event where we could have juniors, (college players), mid-amateurs and in some case seniors in the field and we wanted to be unique by making it walking only,” St. Johns Golf Club PGA Professional Wes Tucker said.

Last week the 1986 Bob Walker designed course (par-71; 6,42 yards) was able to survive Hurricane Matthew, “The beaches and the river (nearby) got hit really hard but the golf course is about seven miles inland and we held the rain pretty well because we were below normal rain fall numbers. Then the tree damage was the big thing and we spent Saturday and Sunday cleaning up,” Tucker said.

Some players to watch this week include Prescott Butler, 2018 University of North Florida commit Cody Carroll who recently shot a 63 at St. Johns Golf Club, Florida redshirt senior and 2011 champion AJ Crouch, Florida sophomore Blake Dyer, Chris Henderson, Florida State redshirt freshman Jonathan Keppler, 2017 Auburn commit Brandon Mancheno, Florida State freshman Greyson Porter and Jacksonville sophomore Samuel Uhland who led after the first round last year following 6-under 66.

Also included in the field are three players from the North Florida First Tee.

“Part of the tournament as of about six or seven years ago was to make it a fundraiser for the the First Tee of North Florida and we did that going on until last year,” explained Tucker. “Then we decided, ‘well you know it would be nice to give kids the opportunity to play.’ So we let them apply for a spot in the field and then the First Tee of North Florida funds the three players and they come in and play. It gives them experience and it builds some of the life skills and core values that the First Tee is famous for.”

Past winners of the St. Augustine Amateur include; Edward Richardson (2014), Andreas Halvorsen (2013), Jack Maguire (2012), AJ Crouch (2011), Chris Bray (2010), Blayne Barber (2009), Zach Suchner (2008), Danny Evelyn (2007), Peter Uihlein (2006), Arnond Vongvanij (2005) and Tyler Brown (2004).

James Yoon runs away to take title

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — James Yoon won the 2015 St. Augustine Amateur Tournament in record-breaking fashion, carding a 3-over par 73 in a tough-scoring final round at St. Johns Golf Club to break the 54-hole tournament record by a stroke.

Yoon, a former University of California golfer who hails from Paraguay, led by two shots through 36 holes at 9-under par. He opened with 67, which trailed first-round leader Samuel Uhland by one, before going bogey-free on Saturday to fire 64. Then on Sunday, when not one participant shot under par, Yoon posted a solid 73 to finish at 6-under. The total broke Edward Richardson’s winning record set just last year.

The 46-year-old Richardson, of England, did not return back in St. Augustine to defend his title.

Uhland, a true freshman at Jacksonville University, was one of many golfers who struggled to break 80 on Sunday. After first and second rounds of 66 and 67, Uhland made zero birdies and three double bogeys among a slew of other bogeys en route to an 82, which dropped him from second place back to a tie for seventh.

One of the most notable players in the field, recently graduated University of Louisville golfer Trevor Sluman, rebounded nicely from an opening-round 74 to post 67-71 over the weekend and grab the runner-up spot. Sluman, a native of Pittsford, N.Y. who won this year’s New York State Amateur, had one of the lowest scores of the final round, with Ethan Wagner’s 70 narrowly edging him.

University of North Florida sophomore Jordan Batchelor grabbed third place while Irishman Daniel Brennan moved up in to fourth place with a 73 on Sunday. Nicholas Torrance and Jake Carter rounded out the top-5, finishing the event at 4-over par 214.

James Yoon jumps to 36-hole lead

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imageST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Day two of the St. Augustine Amateur Tournament saw a bogey-free round from former Cal golfer James Yoon catapult him up the leaderboard into a two-stroke lead entering the final round.

Yoon, a native of Paraguay, made six birdies during the second round at St. Johns Golf Club to card 64. He trailed first round leader Samuel Uhland, a true freshman at Jacksonville University, by a stroke after 18 holes.

Uhland had a similar round on aturday, making a par-5 eagle and three birdies, but added one more bogey to his second round and posted 67. He sits in second place and will join Yoon and Mobile, Alabama’s Paul McClure in the final group.

Notable players in the field heading into the event included 2016 Clemson University commit Bryson Nimmer and 2015 New York State Amateur champion Trevor Sluman, who graduated from the University of Louisville in May. Both players struggled in the first round, with Sluman posting 74 and Nimmer shooting 75. But in the second round, Sluman got back into the tournament with 65 and is now tied for fifth place, though he sits eight back of the lead.

Tournament director Wes Tucker says this year’s group of players may be the one of the most impressive fields he’s seen.

“It’s such a strong field this year,” Tucker told the St. Augustine Record. “I think we are going to break the 5-under total for three days.”

Through the first round, 12 players were under-par, with the leader Uhland just a stroke behind the 54-hole record with two rounds to go. Now, Yoon is four ahead of the record, and it certainly looks like whoever wins on Sunday afternoon will have a tournament record to go along with their winning trophy.

Reigning champion Edward Richardson of England, who won in 2014 as a 46-year-old, is not in this year’s field.

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