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-
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.