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U Minn Woon Completes Comeback at St. Augustine Amateur
U Minn Woon (center), the 15th St. Augustine Amateur champion
U Minn Woon (center), the 15th St. Augustine Amateur champion

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (October 14, 2018) - U Minn Woon (Jacksonville, Fla.) shot a final-round 3-under 67 to overtake Petr Hruby and capture the 15th St. Augustine Amateur Championship at St. Johns Golf Club.

Woon started the day one shot behind Hruby and Tianyu Wu, a pair of 17-year-olds from the Czech Republic and China, who both attend the Bishops Gate Golf Academy in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. But just two holes into the final round, Woon found himself in the lead alone, after a birdie on the first hole followed by bogeys by both Hruby and Wu at the second.

Wu would fall off the pace as the round progressed, leaving Woon and Hruby to duel for the championship. Back-to-back birdies by Hruby at five and six pulled him even with Woon at seven under, but a two-shot swing at the next hole put Woon back up by two.

Hruby, a University of Washington commit, would return the favor at the par-5 9th, with a two-shot swing of his own to get back even. A second straight birdie to start the back nine gave him the lead by one, a lead he would hold until the short par-4 15th, when for the third straight day Woon made birdie to square it up again.

Still tied on the final hole, Hruby finally blinked, making bogey as Woon made a par for the win.

For Woon, who was born in Malaysia, moved to Florida when he was 16, and played college golf at Fairleigh Dickinson University, it was a comeback 27 holes in the making.

After starting the tournament with a 7-under 63, Woon staggered out of the gate on Saturday, making two straight doubles and dropping five shots on his first five holes to fall well back of the lead. But a 4-under 31 on the back nine got him back into contention, and just as importantly, into the final group for Sunday.

His winning total was a 9-under 201, with Hruby (69) one shot back at 8 under.

Ben Reichert (Tampa, Fla.) of the University of Alabama Birmingham was the only player besides Hruby to shoot three under-par rounds. The 2018 Florida Azalea Amateur champion finished with a 69 to take third at 6 under.

University of South Carolina golfer Caleb Proveaux (Lexington, S.C.) was fourth at 4 under, tied with former Valdosta State player and current Jacksonville Amateur champion Davis Roche (Jacksonville, Fla.).

Wu closed with a 74 to finish alone in sixth at 3 under, and was the only other player to finish the tournament under par.

Paul Tesori
The low mid-amateur was Paul Tesori (Ponte Vedra, Fla.), who spends the bulk of the golf season caddying for Webb Simpson on the PGA Tour. Tesori had rounds of 69-74-73 to finish tied 18th overall, and one shot ahead of the mid-amateur runner-up, Kirk Irvin (Ponte Vedra, Fla.).

Jeff Golden (Jacksonville, Fla.) was the third-low mid-amateur. The 2018 Florida Mid-Amateur runner-up finished tied for 26th with a 219 total.

The course held its own on Sunday, allowing only three under-par rounds out of 77 played: Woon's 67, and the 69s by Hruby and Reichert.

Results: St. Augustine Amateur
1FLU Minn WoonJacksonville, FL40063-71-67=201
2Czech RepublicPetr HrubyCzech Republic30064-69-69=202
3NYBen ReichertEast Amherst, NY20068-67-69=204
T4SCCaleb ProveauxLexington, SC20069-67-70=206
T4FLDavis RocheJacksonville, FL20069-67-70=206

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ABOUT THE St. Augustine Amateur

The St. Augustine Amateur is a national event established in 2004 for top amateur and collegiate players. The 54-hole stroke play, walking only, competition is conducted over three days. The player caddies, walking referees, standard bearers and forecaddies really add to the experience. The field is limited to 78 players whose golf resumes and tournament experience have earned them a spot in the field. The winner receives the John C. Jennison III Trophy. The field is 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 prior to the event.

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