Gingerich takes St. Augustine Amateur lead with course-record 62
Ty Gingerich’s domination of the St. Johns Golf Course began with his attempt to qualify for the Crooked Stick Collegiate Invitational.
Once he didn’t qualify for the 36-hole collegiate tournament in Indianapolis, the University of Cincinnati freshman made the nine-hour journey to the Ancient City for the St. Augustine Amateur.
Despite arriving in town shortly before 3 a.m., getting less than four hours of sleep and being at the No. 10 tee at the St. Johns Golf for his first shot a 9:18 Friday morning, the 19-year-old shot a tournament-record 62.
Gingerich made a four-foot birdie at No. 9 to break a tournament record set by U Minn Woon during the first round of the 2018 St. Augustine Amateur.
Gingerich carded a bogey-free round on his first time playing the course. His tournament-record was four shots better than the best competitive round of his life.
He played 36 holes on Thursday, caught a flight at 5:45, landed at Dulles International, left Washington D.C. for Orlando at 10:30, landed in the City Beautiful at 12:30 a.m. Friday and drove to St. Augustine.
“I just tried to go play and do the best I could,” Gingerich said. “I was kind of bummed I didn’t qualify for the college tournament on Monday (and) Tuesday. I wanted to come down here and play well.”
Gingerich birdied Nos. 1, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14 and 17 to take command of the tournament. He leads a field of 73 golfers that are a combination of mid-amateurs, like Tesori and Smith, high school golfers and collegiate golfers.
The 16th St. Augustine Amateur featured Canadians, a Russian (Egor Zubov, 7-over), a Scotsman (Gary McDonald, 2-over) as well as a French teenager (Theodore Reitter, 1-under). But, the day belonged to Gingerich.
″It set up nicely,” Gingerich said about the St. Johns Golf Course. “It gave me a lot of wedges and short iron shots. I feel that’s a strength of my game, iron play. I felt like I drove the ball well and I set myself up in good shots out of the fairway to have good iron shots to help me in that regard.”
By Will Brown of the St. Augustine Record