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Samuel Uhland posts 66 for early lead at St. Augustine Amateur

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Samuel UhlandST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The 2015 St. Augustine Amateur Tournament kicked off Friday morning at St. Johns Golf Club. Jacksonville University freshman Samuel Uhland carded a 4-under par 66 on day one and is out to an early one-stroke lead. Uhland, a native of Jacksonville, made his first bogey of the day at the par-3 11th, but rebounded nicely with an eagle at the par-5 12th to keep the solid opening round going.

Three players are tied for second place at 67, including James Yoon of Paraguay, Sebastian Barnoya of Guatemala, and Paul McClure of Mobile, Alabama.

Notable players in the field include 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.

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.”

Twelve players are under-par through the first 18 holes, with the leader Uhland just a stroke behind the 54-hole record with two rounds to go. It certainly looks like the 2015 champion may be heading home with a trophy, and a tournament record on Sunday afternoon.

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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Edward Richardson wins 2014 St. Augustine Amateur

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x.richardsonST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2014) — 46-year-old Edward Richardson, in a St. Augustine Amateur stacked with young collegiate and even junior talent, captured a one-stroke victory at St. Johns Golf Club after a final-round 68 pushed him into the lead on the final day.

Richardson, an Englishman living in Florida, held the opening-round lead after a three-under par 67, but then lost the lead by himself when three other players joined him heading into Sunday’s finale.

Richardson posted three-under par 207 (67-72-68) while 2015 Vanderbilt University commit William Gordon placed second. The Davidson, N.C. native shot rounds of 69, 71, and 68 to finish in the runner-up position.

Andrew Gain, a former golfer at St. Peter’s University, used a final-round 65 — the lowest round of the 54-hole event — to push himself into solo third place, just two shots back of the winner. He shot 74-70 on Friday and Saturday and trailed the four co-leaders by five shots before his five-under par gem on Sunday.

Two of the four second-round co-leaders finished in a tie for fourth place, including Ryan Borg and Brandon Mancheno. Both players shot 71 on Sunday to finish at even-par 210. Borg is Canadian-born and a sophomore at the University of South Florida while Mancheno, from Jacksonville, is just 15-years-old.

Samuel Uhland, also from Jacksonville, rounds out the top-five. The 18-year-old who will play collegiately for Jacksonville University posted consecutive 69’s on the weekend after a two-over 72 on Friday.

Four tied at top of leaderboard heading into the final round

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x.ryanborgST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2014) — Englishman Edward Richardson opened the St. Augustine Amateur with a three-under par 67 at St. Johns Golf Club, giving him a two-stroke advantage. But after Saturday’s second-round play, three other players have joined him at the top at one-under par overall heading into the final round.

Canadian-born Ryan Borg (pictured), a University of South Florida sophomore, shot four-under 66 to jump into a tie for the lead and claim the lowest round on Saturday.

Jacksonville native Cory Carlson, who is a University of Georgia commit, shot rounds of 70-69 to join Richardson and Borg at 139. Rounding out the group at one-under is Brandon Mancheno, a 15-year-old who also hails from Jacksonville.

Mancheno, who recently tied for eighth place at the Florida State Junior Amateur, has posted rounds of 69-70 through 36 holes of play.

Richardson followed up his 67 with a two-over par 72. Though the round included four of his nine birdies thus far through 36 holes, Richardson made six bogeys, including three in a row from holes five to seven.

Travis Trace and William Gordon are one back in a tie for fifth place at 140.

Overall, 20 players are within four five shots of the lead headed into Sunday’s final round.

Edward Richardson takes first round lead

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x.richardsonST. AUGUSTINE, Florida (Oct. 10, 2014) — Edward Richardson posted a three-under par 67 in the opening-round of the St. Augustine Amateur, being held at St. Johns Golf Club. Richardson is one of four players under-par and leads the talented field by two shots.

Richardson’s round included a bogey-free 32 on the first nine and an even-par back side where he bogeyed both par-threes but made fours on each of the two par-fives.

In a three-way tie for second place are William Gordon, Brandon Mancheno, and Joseph Winslow.

Four more players are tied for fifth at even-par 70.

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