2010: Bray Takes St. Augustine Amateur

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St. Augustine, Florida – (Oct, 24, 2010) – Chris Bray, a senior at Flagler College, won the 2010 St. Augustine Amateur at St. Johns Golf Club with a final round 68 for a total of 206. Bray started the final round in 2nd place, 2 shots behind 36-hole leader Chris Kennedy. Kennedy stretched his lead to four strokes before Bray turned the tide with birdies on #13 and #15 on his way to a back-nine 33. 

Bray was awarded the Jennison Cup and gained national ranking points from Golfweek’s amateurgolf.com. The Jennison Cup was named in honor of tournament founder Jay Jennison, who passed away earlier this year. Winning the Jennison Cup holds strong meaning to Bray, who was recruited by and played for Jennison at Flagler his freshman year. “I got to know him as a coach, a mentor, and a friend. I miss him, but I know he was watching me,” Bray said. 

Chris Kennedy of Sarasota, a senior at the University of North Florida, finished second with rounds of 68-68-72 for a three-day total of 208. At the awards ceremony, a check for $15,000 was presented to the First Tee of St. Johns County. The First Tee provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance and judgment through golf and character education. Tom Lawrence, Executive Director of the First-Tee local chapter, represented the organization at the Amateur.

“With the help of the Amateur, we plan on impacting the lives of over 1,000 children throughout Northeast Florida this year,” Lawrence said. 

University of North Carolina recruit Brandon Dalinka of Newton, Pennsylvania held onto his 3rd place position with 37-36 final round. Dalinka finished with 71-68-73 for a total of 212. Blake Morris of Clearwater Beach, Florida ended the tournament in 4th place with 71-71- 71 for a total of 213. Major Forbess of Jacksonville, Florida finished 5th with 76-69-69 for a total of 214. Forbess is a teammate of Kennedy at UNF. 

Duke Butler IV of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida won the mid-amateur with 73-73-73 for a total of 219. Butler IV is the first mid-amateur to win the mid-amateur division in consecutive years.
Low score of the day came from Bray with his 68, and Forbess had the biggest comeback round, moving up 5 spots.

The tournament is designed for better amateur players and is 54 holes of stroke play. It is played at the St. Johns Golf Club and net proceeds benefit the First Tee of St. Johns County. 

About the St. Augustine Amateur

The St. Augustine Amateur is a national event established in 2004 for better amateurs and collegiate players. Played over three days at stroke play, the field this year will be comprised of players from ten different states and seven countries. The winner will receive a replica of our trophy designed by Heritage Creations of Glens Falls, NY.

2009: Blayne Barber wins by 3 shots

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida — (Oct 18, 2009) – Blayne Barber of Lake City , Florida won the St. Augustine Amateur by three strokes. Barber shot 39-35 ~ 74 today to for a three-day total of 210, which is even par for the weekend. 

“I went into today planning on just broadening the lead. But I shot four over on the front nine so I had to really play well after that,” said Barber of his round today. Barber is a sophomore at Auburn University , where he transferred after one year at the University of Central Florida . 

Wesley Graham of Port Orange , Florida , who posted a one over par 36-35 ~ 71 today for his three day total of 213 came in second place. Graham is a sophomore at Florida State University.

Bill Jones of Covington , Georgia trailed Graham by one stroke at the end with a 70-72-72 ~ 214 finish. Jones, who played in the second to last group today, was only one over par for the tournament after the fifteenth hole, giving players in the group behind him a reason to take note. 

Barber commented, “I heard a guy in front of me was playing well so I was conscious of that but I was just trying to focus on beating the guys I was playing with and let the others take care of themselves. I was trying not to worry about them too much.”

After Barber won the tournament he said, “I’m relieved. It was a struggle out there. The conditions were tough and I wasn’t playing my best, so it was a relief to be getting that over with.”

Duke Butler from Ponte Vedra Beach , Florida was the low mid-amateur with a 73-74-74 ~ 221 total. Butler is the current Jacksonville Amateur champion. 

At the awards ceremony, a check for $13,500 was presented to The First Tee of St. Johns County. The First Tee provides young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as confidence, perseverance and judgment through golf and character education.

The low score of the day were even par 70’s shot by Namsub Padung of Bankok, Thailand, Hap Kaufold from Vadalia, Georgia, Chris Burke from Jacksonville, Florida, and Kentaro Toyota from Lutz, Florida. 

The tournament is designed for better amateur players and is 54 holes, stroke play. It is played at the St. Johns Golf Club and net proceeds benefit The First Tee of St. Johns County.

About the St. Augustine Amateur 

The St. Augustine Amateur is a national event established in 2004 for better amateurs and collegiate players. Played over three days at stroke play, the field this year will be comprised of players from ten different states and seven countries. The winner will receive a replica of our trophy designed by Heritage Creations of Glens Falls, NY. 

The St. Augustine Amateur is a walking only tournament. Playing in threesomes, it makes for an enjoyable round for the players. Our local First Tee chapter provides caddies for the field (or many players bring their own). Play is daily on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4 pm. Spectators are encouraged to attend. Admission is free. Refreshments are available at the course. 

Net proceeds of the event will benefit the First Tee of St Johns County. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, and is supported by (among others) its Founding Partners: the Augusta National Golf Club, PGA Tour, PGA, LPGA and USGA. The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life enhancing values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and responsibility.

Our Vision

“The best expression of the game lies in high level amateur competitions and the fellowship and sportsmanship attendant at such events. It is our vision to conduct an event which provides this experience for players, sponsors, volunteers, and all who come in contact with the St. Augustine Amateur.”

2008: Zach Sucher rises to the top

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By GARRY SMITS 
The Times-Union

St. Augustine, Florida (October 19, 2008) — The second ranked player of 2008 in theamateurgolf.com -Bridgestone Golf Player Rankings, Zach Sucher, fired a 2-under par 68 on Sunday to overcome a 3-stroke deficit and then some, winning by three at 3-under par 207. 

Sucher won the St. Augustine Amateur mainly because he avoided the disasters that melted away his competition, one-by-one, on the back nine of the St. Johns Golf Club. 

Don’t think he wasn’t aware that it could have happened to him on the tight layout, strewn with hazards and made even more difficult with brisk wind the entire final round. But Sucher held on with a final-round 68, giving him a three-round total of 3-under-par 207 and a three-shot victory over Bartram Trail senior Julian Suri (69) and Central Florida senior David Johnson (72). 

“It was very tough out there,” said Sucher, an Alabama-Birmingham senior who is 53rd in the most recent Golfweek college rankings. “I usually like it when it’s windy but when you have a course with hazards on both sides of the hole a lot of times, and small greens, you have to work to keep your concentration.” 

Sucher had to work harder than he thought on his last four holes. 

He made the turn at 3-under for the tournament and a one-shot lead over Jordan Holley, then birdied the two par-5 holes on the back to lower his score to 5-under and take a four-shot lead with four to play. 

However, he bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16, and Johnson birdied the 14th hole to pull within one shot. 

Sucher recovered to make a 3-foot par putt at No. 17 and a two-putted for par from 40 feet at No. 18, while Johnson lost his final chance when he was short of the 16th green, chipped 15 feet short of the hole, then three-putted for a double-bogey. 

“I hit a bad chip and two bad putts,” said Johnson. “That’s was the wrong time to throw away shots like that.” 

Johnson wasn’t the only player to get close, then drop off with one disastrous hole. 

Holley was within one shot before he made a quadruple-bogey 7 at the par-3 12th hole. 

And Christopher Wolfe drove the 15th green and two-putted for birdie to get within two of Sucher, then tripled the 16th hole after hooking his tee shot in the water. Holley was victimized at the 12th hole when his tee shot landed on a mound of sand that was the result of a messy rake job from a group preceding his. 

His first attempt out of the trap went only 1 foot before it landed and plugged near the lip, leaving him almost no chance to get the ball out on his second bunker shot. He finally got out in three, but then three-putted. 

Suri birdied five-of-seven holes during on stretch to get into contention, but got no closer after playing the last four holes at 1-over.

2007: Florida Southern’s Evelyn prevails

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Oct. 21, 2007)– Danny Evelyn, a 19-year-old Florida Southern student, began the St. Augustine Amateur with back-to-back 67’s, then survived a late charge by Patrick Reed to take the wire-to-wire victory in the fourth annual event.

The tournament came down to the final hole at St. John’s Golf Club, a tight par-4 in which both golfers elected to hit driver off the tee. The tactic was successful for Evelyn, who made birdie, but disastrous for Reed, a high school senior from Baton Rouge, who made double bogey and ended up two strokes from the lead.

Evelyn finished at 5-under-par 205 at St. John’s Golf Club, two strokes better than Reed who closed with the tournament’s best round, 4-under 66.

2006: Peter Uihlein wins in playoff

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St. Augustine, FL- (Oct. 22, 2006) The St. Augustine Amateur came to an exciting conclusion today with Peter Uihlein prevailing in a sudden death playoff against Johnson & Wales standout Brad Valois. 

The two finished in a tie at 4 under after Uihlein missed a four-footer on the last hole of regulation play. Uihlein shot a 72 and Valois shot 70 in the final round. 

“It was great being able to participate again this year in this event. During the tie-breaker I went in with a positive attitude and just tried to hit the ball well,” said Uihlein.

Local standout, Elliott LaVercombe, finished 3rd at even par 210 after a final round 71. “The wind made it hard to judge which club to use today, but fortunately I had a great caddie in Matt King,” said LaVercombe. King is a participant in the First Tee of St Johns County.

Low scores of the day were returned by Nicholas Mulhaupt and Julian Saari. Both finished with 2 under par 68s. 

Uihlein, only 17, is used to competition. He, along with 5th place winner Bank Vongvanij, frequently go head to head as they both attend the David Leadbetter Academy in Bradenton, FL.

This year, the St. Augustine Amateur attracted players from 3 foreign countries, 8 universities and 16 states. With the win, Uihlein will rise from a US Ranking of t62nd to t33rd. Coincidentally, as Runner Up, Valois rose from t50th to t33rd also.

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