Auburn commit Brandon Mancheno rallies to win the St. Augustine Amateur

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Brandon Mancheno began the day one-stroke off the pace but rallied on the final day of the St. Augustine Amateur to finish 2-under and win by two.

Playing at St. Johns Golf Club Mancheno (69-71-68) moved into red figures and a tie for the lead with a birdie on the 3rd hole. From there the 2017 Auburn commit played methodical golf, adding birdies on the 12th and 13th holes to reach 3-under and open up a comfortable advantage. It wasn’t until the 17th did Mancheno drop the only shot of his 2-under 68 final round.

Flagler College junior Ryan Mosley began the day 1-under and tied for the lead with Kyle Stiles and Brett Schell but all three turned in over-par scores.

Mosley made a valiant effort throughout the day and he was able to reach 2-under following a birdie on the 10th but he bogeyed three of the next four holes to fall to 1-over. Not one to go quietly, Mosley made one last run with birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to return to red figures, only to bogey the ensuing hole. Mosley ended up in second place at even-par.

Kyle Stiles finished in third place at 1-over following a 2-over 72 on Sunday that included two birdies and three bogeys.

In fourth it was Michael Saccente at 2-over while four players, including 36-hole co-leader Brett Schell, were fourth at 3-over.

Schell, Stiles and Mosley share 36-hole St. Augustine Amateur lead

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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Brett Schell and Ryan Mosley retained there share of the St. Augustine Amateur lead, but they are now joined at the top by Kyle Stiles. After 36-holes of play at St. John’s Golf Club all three players are 1-under and ahead of a group of six players by three shots or less. The closest pursuers are Michael Saccente and Brandon Mancheno, both of whom are tied for fourth at even-par.

Schell, a sophomore at Bartram Trail High School, followed up his 2-under 70 in the first round with a 1- over 71. The round began slowly for Schell as he bogeyed the first and double-bogeyed the 7th. However, a 9th hole birdie stopped the bleeding and he was able to get one more shot back with a birdie on the following hole.

Like Schell, Ryan Mosley has also posted rounds of 70-71. The Flagler College junior started quickly with 2nd and 4th holes to birdies to bring him to 4-under. Now in the lead Mosley, gave all of his work back one hole later with a double-bogey before finishing his day with two bogeys and a birdie on the back nine.

Kyle Stiles was able to join the fray at the top of the leaderboard with a 1-under 70 in the second round. Stiles, who shot an even-par 71 Friday, fell to 2-over for the week with back-to-back bogeys on the 7th and 8th holes. Not one to give in, Stiles rebounded with an eagle on the par-5 9th to turn in even-par 35. On the back nine, fueled by the momentum gained from the eagle, Stiles brushed off a bogey on the 11th by birdieing the 12th and 15th holes.

Michael Saccente has moved within one shot of the lead thanks to consecutive even-par 70’s while Brandon Mancheno arrived at the number with tallies of 69-71.

First round co-leader Cole Castro and Kyle Flexsenhar are tied for sixth at 1-over. Spenser Slayden and Jeff Golden are only three behind at 2-over.

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.

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