ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida — (Oct 6, 2006) - The final field has been established for the 2006 St. Augustine Amateur. The list and player bios are available at www.staugustineamateur.org .
Jay Jennison, Tournament Chairman, said: "The field this year is exceptionally strong, and I am delighted we have our 2005 Champion Bank Vongvanij back to defend his title. At age 17, Bank is already competing internationally. He played in the British Amateur this summer, and will be returning from the Honda International Junior Team in Tokyo just in time to play in the St. Augustine Amateur. He’ll be in Florida for a while though because he has committed to play for the University of Florida as a freshman in 2007. He’ll be joining future University of Florida teammates Chappel Brown (2005 FSGA Jr. Champion), and Robbie Wight (2005 Rolex Jr. All American) in the field.
The field has been strengthened this year since for the first time competitors will earn Golf Week/Titleist Men's Amateur Ranking points. http://www.golfweek.com/amateur/mens/288543362871104.php
Other players to watch this year are:
Michael Barbosa of St. Petersburg Florida- Playing all 4 years for Georgia Tech, Barbosa was this year a finalist for the prestigious Byron Nelson Award, won the 2004 Cardinal Amateur, and took 4th place in the 2006 United States Collegiate in Atlanta. He is currently attending law school.
Duke Butler IV of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida- Butler was a University of Florida team member from 2002-2005 and played in 3 US Amateurs. He has played in top amateur events nationwide including the Western, Sunnehanna, and Players Amateur.
Dalton Melnyk of Atlanta, Georgia – Former UF Player. Melnyk placed 5th in the 2006 New Year's Invitational. Played in our inaugural event in 2004. Will be tuning up for us at the prestigious Stocker Cup at The Preserve Golf Club in Carmel, CA the week before St. Augustine Amateur.
Mu Hu of Celebration, Florida- At age 11, Mu won the 15- to 18-year-old division at the 2001 China Junior Golf Open. Now age 17, this year he has had 6 top ten finishes in national AJGA junior tournaments in the U.S., and is a member of the AJGA Canon Cup Team.
Jon McLean of Miami Florida- McLean was the nation's eighth-ranked junior player last year according to the final 2004 Golfweek/Sagarin boys' rankings. This summer, he got to the round of 16 at the US Amateur. Jon’s father Jim McLean is a nationally recognized teaching professional frequently seen on the Golf Channel. Jon is a freshman at Texas Christian University.
Peter Uihlein of Brandenton, FL – Peter is 2005 AJGA Rolex Player of the year. Currently the #2 Junior nationally, Peter just won the 2006 AJGA Bobby Chapman with scores of 67-68, and has won 2 others this year along with being in the top 10 in 9 of his last 12 events! His scoring average is 70.95.
About the St. Augustine Amateur
The St. Augustine Amateur is a national event established in 2004 for better amateurs and collegiate players. Played over three days at stroke play, the field this year is comprised of players from 16 states and 3 foreign countries. The winner will receive a replica of our trophy designed by Heritage Creations of Glens Falls, NY. Last year’s winner, Bank Vongvanij, shot 69-69-68~205 (-5).
Net proceeds of the event and the Am-Am (presented by the Rotary Club of St. Augustine) will go to benefit the First Tee of St Johns County. The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, and is supported by (among others) its Founding Partners: the Augusta National Golf Club, PGA Tour, PGA, LPGA and USGA The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.
Among the principal sponsors of the 2006 St. Augustine Amateur are the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, Glenmoor and Vicars Landing, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, Herbie Wiles Insurance, Flagler College, Conquest C&D Corp., Flagler Hospital, Florida Golf Central Magazine, and St. Johns Golf Club.
"The best expression of the game lies in high level amateur competitions and the fellowship and sportsmanship attendant at such events. It is our vision to conduct an event which provides this experience for players, sponsors, volunteers, and all who come in contact with the St. Augustine Amateur."
Live scoring is available on the website during play (scores returned every 3 holes), and results will be posted on the website daily, and emailed to major golf media outlets.
For additional information, please contact Amanda Hoskinson at (904) 501-2248 or Jhoskinson@flagler.edu, or Jay Jennison at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 377-6440.
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