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.

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.

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.

Maguire Wins the 2012 St. Augustine Amateur

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 By Gary Smits of The Florida Times Union

St. Augustine, FL – (October 14, 2012)

Jack Maguire won the St. Augustine Amateur by five shots Sunday.  He’d be the first to say it wasn’t that easy.   Maguire, a senior at St. Petersburg High School who has verbally committed to Florida State, had to play hard to fend off a back nine challenge by Jacksonville University freshman Cyril Suk at the St. Johns Golf Club.

“He kept coming at me,” Maguire said. “Cyril played very well on the back.”

Three birdies among his last five holes finally enabled Maguire to finish Suk off and record the low round for the second day in a row with a 68 as he ended 3-under-par 207.

Suk (72), a native of the Czech Republic, tied Maguire with birdie putts at the 11th and 12th holes. But a three-putt bogey at No. 13 and a missed 6-foot putt for birdie at No. 14, combined with Maguire’s birdie at No. 14, left Suk two shots back.

Suk’s last gasp was when he drove over the green of the short par-4 15th hole, chipped on and made a 12-foot birdie putt to come within one shot. However, Maguire two-putted the par-5 16th for birdie, parred the long par-3 17th while Suk bogeyed, and then birdied the 18th hole on a 12-foot putt — after trying to play it safe with a 3-iron off the tee and a 6-iron approach from 202 yards.  “Funny how that worked out,” he said.

Suk, who was tied for second by Jack Watson (71) of Lincolnshire, Ill., is the only player to have finished among the top-10 in the last three St. Augustine Amateurs. He said Maguire was hard to catch mainly because he wasn’t doing anything to beat himself.

“Jack was playing really well and I was just trying to stay in it and play as hard as I could,” Suk said.
Maguire said the key hole was the 12th, when he hit his approach to within 12 feet, then watched Suk nail his to within 3 feet.

Maguire made his putt, giving himself a huge lift despite Suk’s kick-in.

“I knew he was going to make his putt, and mine was difficult,” he said of the uphill, right-to-left read. “When I made that, it was a huge deal for me.”

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Crouch wins the 2011 St. Augustine Amateur

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ELKTON, FL- (October 16, 2011) – 17-year-old AJ Crouch won the 2011 St. Augustine Amateur by winning a four hole playoff. Crouch who shot a final round 68, matched both Spencer Cole who shot the day’s low round at 66, and Jim Liu who shot a two over par 72 all equaling 2 under par 208.

Crouch and Cole both birdied the par 5 ninth hole in the first playoff hole, knocking Liu out of the playoff. Cole and Crouch continued to match each other the next two playoff holes before Crouch hit a 3 wood to about 40 feet for a two putt bridie and the win on the 4th playoff hole of the day.

Crouch and Liu battled most of the day however Liu was leading Crouch and Cole by one going into the 17th hole. Crouch who struggled Day 1 and 2 finishing 17 and 18 at 5 over par for the two days, finished the two holes at even par, while Liu bogeyed 17 to force the playoff.

Marcus Plunkett and Cyril Suk finished tied for 4th at a 1 over par 211. Keagan Cummings and Motin Yeung finished tied for 6th at 3 over par 213.

Duke Butler IV, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, won his 3rd consecutive Mid-Am Championship with a 6 over par 216. Beating Ben Perdue, Chipley, FL, and James Fitzpatrick, Clearwater, FL, by one stroke at 217.

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