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St. Augustine Amateur: Valois & Uihlein lead at 3 under

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida — (Oct 20, 2006) Brad Valois, of Warwick, RI and Peter Uihlein, of Bradenton, FL fired a 3 -under-par 67 to tie the lead by two strokes after the first round of the St. Augustine Amateur today at the St. Johns Golf Club.

"Today was a wonderfully boring day for me." said Uihlein. That is, straight on the fairways and greens without so much as having to look for the ball. Considering the strong winds at the course today, it was quite an accomplishment. The highlight of his round was an eagle two at #15 after driving the green on the par 4.

Brad Valois’ round was also a model of consistency with 4 birdies and a single bogey. He is a sophomore at Johnson & Wales University in Miami. He had a top ten finish in the Northeast Amateur this year and is currently the reigning New England and Rhode Island State Amateur Champion.

Elliott LaVercombe, the Executive Director of the St. Johns County First Tee, is doing double duty this week. He also serves on the tournament's Board of Directors. LaVercombe, of St. Augustine, FL, is in third place after a 1-under-par 69.

"I feel pretty good about today's play. Anytime you can shoot under par is a good day," says LaVercombe.

The tournament's long drive contest was held this afternoon. Keith Nagy, age 48, of Jacksonville, Florida won with a drive of 356 yards and beat a lot of players younger than he. Michael Barbosa of St. Petersburg, Florida finished second after a 354 yard drive, and Thomas Murray of Orange Park, Florida came in third with a drive of 344.

Now in its third year, the St. Augustine Amateur has quickly become a premier event on the golf calendar. This year, for the first time, the tournament will award Golfweek/Titleist men's amateur ranking points, with the winner earning 20, and runner-up 15.

The tournament is 54 holes with its final round Sunday, Ostober 22, 2006.

Place Name Residence Out In Total Today +/- Overall +/- T1 Brad Valois Warwick, RI 33 34 67 -3 T1 Peter Uihlein Bradenton, FL 34 33 67 -3 3 Elliott Lavercombe St Augustine, FL 32 37 69 -1 T4 Dustin Furnari Homestead, FL 31 39 70 E T4 Arnond Vongvanij Bradenton, FL 36 34 70 E T6 Jason Gandy Knoxville, TN 35 36 71 +1 T6 John Saari Lilburn, GA 36 35 71 +1 T6 Brad Brunner Tampa, FL 36 35 71 +1 T6 Thomas Murray Orange Park, FL 36 35 71 +1 T6 Don Padgett III Jacksonville, FL 36 35 71 +1 T6 Ben Adelberg Coral Springs, FL 35 36 71 +1 T12 Stephen Sims Troy, AL 35 37 72 +2 +2 T12 Marc Issler Toms River, NJ 37 35 72 +2 T12 Duke Butler IV Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 37 35 72 +2 T15 Lion Kim Lake Mary, FL 37 36 73 +3 +3 T15 Thomas Smith Chattanooga, TN 35 38 73 +3 T15 Julian Suri St. Augustine, FL 38 35 73 +3 T15 Curtis Coetzee Fort Worth, TX 39 34 73 +3 T15 Alex Moore Winnetka, IL 37 36 73 +3 T20 Hugh Morrison Macon, GA 38 36 74 +4 T20 Drew Pressentin Estero, FL 37 37 74 +4 T20 Robert Fournier, Jr. Dania, FL 37 37 74 +4 +4 T20 Chanin Puntawong Bradenton, FL 36 38 74 +4 T20 Chappell Brown West Palm Beach, FL 36 38 74 +4 T20 Tyler McCumber Ponte Vedra, FL 33 41 74 +4 T20 Major Forbess Jacksonville, FL 39 35 74 +4 T27 Chris Kennedy Bradenton, FL 36 39 75 +5 T27 Robbie Wight West Palm Beach, FL 35 40 75 +5 T27 Michael Zito St. Simons Island, GA 37 38 75 +5 T27 John Fritz Charlotte, NC 36 39 75 +5 T27 Brad Nelson Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 36 39 75 +5 T27 Tim Tang Charleston, SC 35 40 75 +5 +5 T27 Donnie Lowe Coral Springs, FL 37 38 75 +5 T27 Jacob Roth Humlebaek 41 34 75 +5 T35 Ki Moon Ellicott, MD 38 38 76 +6 +6 T35 Michael Barbosa St.Petersburg, FL 36 40 76 +6 T35 Michael Rafalowicz Key Biscayne, FL 36 40 76 +6 T35 Adam Holt Melbourne, FL 38 38 76 +6 T35 Nicholas Mulhaupt Bradenton, FL 37 39 76 +6 T35 Erik Downs West Palm Beach, FL 39 37 76 +6 T35 Braxton Hunter Rockford, TN 38 38 76 +6 T35 Christopher Mullhaupt Bradenton, FL 37 39 76 +6 T35 Kyle Westhorpe Titusville, FL 34 42 76 +6 T35 Robert Parker Sanford, FL 37 39 76 +6 35 Dan Moline Duluth, MN 38 38 76 +6 T35 Dalton Melnyk Atlanta, GA 34 42 76 +6 T35 Tommy Chung Hao Mou Bradenton, FL 36 40 76 +6 T48 Greg Blackwell Miami, FL 39 38 77 +7 +7 T48 Jeff Wittup Calgary, AB 37 40 77 +7 T48 Brian Mulvin Lake Mary, FL 37 40 77 +7 T48 Christian Blanchet Gainesville, FL 40 37 77 +7 T48 Sean Quinn St. Louis, MO 36 41 77 +7 T48 Jimmy Ragland Gainesville, FL 43 34 77 +7 T48 A J Broderick Durham, CT 42 35 77 +7 T48 Mike McGann Hallendale Beach, FL 38 39 77 +7 T56 Brad Barfield St Augustine, FL 40 38 78 +8 T56 Steven Davis Orange Park, FL 37 41 78 +8 T56 Andrew Kayworth St. Augustine, FL 39 39 78 +8 T56 Derek Jolly Jacksonville, FL 38 40 78 +8 T56 Doug Snoap Apopka, FL 37 41 78 +8 T56 Lance Johnson North Augusta, SC 38 40 78 +8 +8 T56 Jimmy Fitzpatrick Clearwater, FL 40 38 78 +8 +8 T63 Shelton Smith Port Orange, FL 38 41 79 +9 +9 T63 Drew Kittleson Scottsdale, AZ 37 42 79 +9 T63 Kodi Merrell West Palm Beach, FL 42 37 79 +9 T63 Edward Ortega Hallandale Beach, FL 41 38 79 +9 T63 Mu Hu Celebration, FL 36 43 79 +9 T68 Peter Wilson Locust Valley, NY 38 42 80 +10 T68 Justin Regier East Amherst, NY 35 45 80 +10 T68 Chris Goldan Manhattan, MT 40 40 80 +10 T71 Andrew Howard Gainesville, FL 40 41 81 +11 T71 Kyle Boatwright Jacksonville, FL 41 40 81 +11 T71 Yee Hu Tan Rockledge, FL 41 40 81 +11 T74 Danny Wiesenberg 41 41 82 +12 T74 Andrew Birchall St Augustine, FL 40 42 82 +12 T74 Kyle Lepore Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 42 40 82 +12 T74 Zack Maybank Lakeland, FL 41 41 82 +12 T74 Keith Nagy Jacksonville, FL 42 40 82 +12 T74 Jacob Richard Melbourne, FL 38 44 82 +12 80 John Higgins Denver, NC 41 42 83 +13 81 Adam Krestalude Jacksonville, FL 41 43 84 +14 T82 Tanner Smith Alpharetta, GA 40 45 85 +15 T82 Thomas Hugghins Ponte Vedra, FL 40 45 85 +15 T82 Rahul Sriram Pensacola, FL 41 44 85 +15 T82 Takeshi Fuchigami Tampa, FL 36 49 85 +15 T82 Ryan Smith Coral Springs, FL 43 42 85 +15 T82 Tim O'Neal St Augustine, FL 40 45 85 +15 88 Chris Hardoin Morganton, NC 46 43 89 +19 89 Alexander Rosswag Saint Augustine, FL 46 44 90 +20

ABOUT THE St. Augustine Amateur

54 hole stroke play event for better amateurs and collegiate players. The field will be limited to 84 players, with no cut. The tournament is open to Amateurs only whose entry has been accepted by the Tournament Committee however there is an open qualifier several weeks prior to the event - contact the Tournament Committee or visit the website for details.

Unless prior arrangements are made with the approval of the Committee, competitors must walk during the competition.

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