JUNO BEACH, FL (April 29, 2016) - John Sawin's only top-ten finish at the George L. Coleman Amateur Invitational came in 2014 when he finished in a tie for seventh. Now two years later Sawin is in position to capture the prestigious title leading by two-strokes with only 18-holes left to play at the famous Seminole Golf Club.
Sawin, 2-under for the tournament, followed up an opening round even-par 72 with second day 2-under 70 to take the lead. A former Princeton University golfer, Sawin is a very accomplished player with three San Francisco Golf Club and five Merion Golf Club championships to his name. Last year Sawin won the Travis Invitational and he has qualified for four USGA events the last three years.
R.J. Nakashian will begin tomorrow alone in second place after an uneven first two days. Yesterday it appeared as if Nakashian had played himself out of the tournament with a 5-over 77 but today all he did was go out and fire a tournament best 5-under 67 to move within two-strokes of the lead. Nakashian has had good success at the Coleman Invitational finishing in the top-five three of the last six years. Two of those times have been tied for second finishes.
Michael Castleforte and three-time tournament champion Mike McCoy will begin the final round tied for third at 1-over. Gary Nicklaus, the son of Jack Nicklaus, and TJ Shuart are tied for fifth with a 36-hole score of 2-over. They will begin the final round only four off the pace.
First round leader Roger Hoit struggled during the second round and fell into a tie for 10th after a 6-over 78. He is now 4-over for the tournament and six behind.
The final round of the 2016 Coleman Invitational is on tap for tomorrow and the final group of John Sawin, R.J. Nakashian and Michael Castleforte will tee off at noon EST. Mike McCoy is in the second to last group teeing off at 11:50 a.m. EST.