Gabrelcik, Carroll lead 17th St. Augustine Amateur with 66s

St. Augustine Amateur

Gabrelcik, Carroll lead 17th St. Augustine Amateur with 66s

University of North Florida teammates Nick Gabrelcik and Cody Carroll each shot 4-under 66 to share the first round lead at the 17th annual St. Augustine Amateur at St. Johns Golf Club in Elkton, Fla.

Carroll, a junior at UNF, made 6 birdies against two bogeys, highlighted by three in a row starting at the 11th. Gabrelcik, a freshman, made five birdies against a single bogey.

Gabrelcik started the year with a seven-shot win at the New Year’s Invitational in St. Petersburg, while Carroll has been close to victory himself, finishing runner-up at the First Coast Amateur at nearby Palm Coast and last year’s Shoal Creek Spring Intercollegiate.

The pair top a crowded leaderboard, with five players just one shot back at 67 and a total of 20 players at par or better with two rounds remaining.

The group of five at 67 reflects the international flavor of the field, with Mauro Baez of Argentina, Jordan Doull of Australia, and Josef Hacker of England joining Floridians Kyle Decenzo and Sam Nicholson.

Last year’s St. Augustine Amateur champion, Ty Gingerich of Carmel, Ind., and the University of Cincinnati, opened his tournament with a 2-over 72, tied for 31st but still within reach, only six shots back of the lead.

The low mid-amateur is Peter Tomlinson of Seymour, Ct., who shot a 1-over 71 and sits tied for 21st.