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Andreas Halvorsen surges in final round to claim 2013 St. Augustine Amateur

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2013) — The final round of the 2013 St. Augustine Amateur was a rollercoaster of a day. Players throughout the field had an up and down day.

Andrew McCain teed off the first hole with a four-stroke lead over Andreas Halvorsen. Both players shot even front nines with a birdie, bogey, and seven pars, but the back nine would see a different result.

“Things just didn’t go my way on the back nine, but I played just the same as the first two days,” McCain said. “Hitting 16 of 18 greens and striking the ball good, just when it could go bad, it did.”

As McCain’s score started to go up, Halvorsen’s score went down by enough to become the 2013 St. Augustine Amateur Champion.

“I went into the day knowing it would be tough to come back from four shots down, but my plan was to go out there and make pars,” Andreas said.  

Two months in United States from Norway, Andreas did just that and made enough pars to take the lead by one going into 18. Nothing more than a par secured his victory.

McCain finished tied for second alongside Jack Comstock and 2013 U.S. Open participant Grayson Murray, who shot 68 in the final round to sneak back into the top portion of the leaderboard.

Jacob Kline (5th), Jordan Batchelor (6th), Andres Schonbaum (7th), Sebastian Barnoya (8th) and Tee Opperman, Michael Balzer and Jose Montano, who all tied for ninth place, rounded out the Top 10.

Andrew McCain maintains lead entering final round

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 19, 2013) — Day 2 at The St. Augustine Amateur is in the books. As the wind picked up and the course dried out, the scores are getting higher.

Finishing Day 1 with 14 rounds under par, that number was cut in half on Day 2 with only 7 sub-par rounds.

Included in the bunch once again is Andrew McCain, the current leader at 8-under par.

“I just didn’t make as many putts as yesterday and that limited my birdies,” said McCain.

Two bogeys on the card with a 3-putt on #12 were really his only mistakes. He did have a little redemption on #9 as he drove the ball right in the trees again, but still had a chance to lay up and get it with in 3 feet of the hole.

“Tomorrow will be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.” stated Mccain.

Andres Halvorsen is two shots back following a second-round 67 that allowed him to jump on the leaderboard. He’ll enter the final round as one of McCain’s few competitors, sitting four shots back. Michael Balzer sits at 3-under par following his 69 on Saturday.

For a full run down of scores entering the final round, CLICK HERE.

Record 6-under gives Andrew McCain early lead

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St. Augustine, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2013) — The first round of the St. Augustine Amateur produced some fireworks on a soggy, but fantastic course Friday at St. John’s Golf Club.

Andrew McCain, started his round with four consecutive birdies to take an early lead.

“Dropping a 12-foot putt from the fringe on the 1st, 2-putt the par 5 2nd, a tap in on the 3rd, and 10 footer on the 4th was a great way to start,” said McCain.

His only blemish of the day was the par 5 9th. A tee shot off to the right by the tree forced a tough 2nd shot that ended up in the water. Not only did he lose a stroke, he lost his 5 iron for the rest of the round after hitting the tree on his swing.

That didn’t stop him as he birdied two more holes to finish 6-under, setting a Tournament Record Round.

McCain was energized about his round and stated “I drove it straight and had some great iron shots today. Tomorrow the game plan is to make some more putts and get off to another great start.”

Some of the other low scores came from the last tee time of the day with Grayson Murray and Spencer Schindler shooting 67’s.

“Round 2 will be another challenge, but continuing to hit greens and keep the ball below the hole will help me to score well. I’m really looking forward to the next 2 rounds,” Schindler said.

The only blemish was on the par 3 17th when he left the tee shot short and 2 putted for a bogey.

This sets the stage to what is expected to be a low scoring St. Augustine Amateur for the field. There are two more days and many more birdies to come in the 10th Anniversary of the event.

2013 event tees off Friday, Oct. 18

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2013) — The 10th annual St. Augustine Amateur will be held Oct. 18-20 at St. John’s Golf Club in Elkton, Fla.

Defending champion Jack Maguire of Florida State will not be in the field, meaning the event will crown its 10th champion.

A field full of some of the game’s top rising stars and experienced mid-amateurs take aim at the coveted title, which awards Golfweek/ U.S. Player Rankings points.

Led by 2013 U.S. Open participant Grayson Murray, the field for the 2013 St. Augustine Amateur is sure to add to the growing list of top-flight amateurs and now-professionals the event calls past champions, including Peter Uihlein, the former world’s top-ranked amateur.

Murray, who’ll attend Arizona State University starting in the spring semester, was one of just 10 amateurs to qualify for the U.S. Open at Merion and will no doubt be a contender at St. John’s Golf Club. He’ll surely be challenged by a host of established mid-amateurs, including Bermuda’s Jarryd Dillas, a four-time winner of the Bermuda Amateur Match Play Championship and up-and-coming collegians and juniors, including Remec Carlson of the IMG Academy and University of Houston golfer Greg Schmaus.

The St. Augustine Amateur is a national event established in 2004 for better amateur and collegiate players. The winner receives the John C. Jennison III Trophy in honor of the tournament founder and accomplished amateur player. All net proceeds of the event benefit The First Tee of North Florida. The current tournament co-Chairmen are Wes Tucker and John Jennison IV.

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