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St. Augustine Amateur: Sucher rises to top

By GARRY SMITS
The Times-Union

St. Augustine, Florida (October 19, 2008) -- The second ranked player of 2008 in the amateurgolf.com -Bridgestone Golf Player Rankings, Zach Sucher, fired a 2-under par 68 on Sunday to overcome a 3-stroke deficit and then some, winning by three at 3-under par 207.

Sucher won the St. Augustine Amateur mainly because he avoided the disasters that melted away his competition, one-by-one, on the back nine of the St. Johns Golf Club.

Don't think he wasn't aware that it could have happened to him on the tight layout, strewn with hazards and made even more difficult with brisk wind the entire final round. But Sucher held on with a final-round 68, giving him a three-round total of 3-under-par 207 and a three-shot victory over Bartram Trail senior Julian Suri (69) and Central Florida senior David Johnson (72).

"It was very tough out there," said Sucher, an Alabama-Birmingham senior who is 53rd in the most recent Golfweek college rankings. "I usually like it when it's windy but when you have a course with hazards on both sides of the hole a lot of times, and small greens, you have to work to keep your concentration."

Sucher had to work harder than he thought on his last four holes.

He made the turn at 3-under for the tournament and a one-shot lead over Jordan Holley, then birdied the two par-5 holes on the back to lower his score to 5-under and take a four-shot lead with four to play.

However, he bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16, and Johnson birdied the 14th hole to pull within one shot.

Sucher recovered to make a 3-foot par putt at No. 17 and a two-putted for par from 40 feet at No. 18, while Johnson lost his final chance when he was short of the 16th green, chipped 15 feet short of the hole, then three-putted for a double-bogey.

"I hit a bad chip and two bad putts," said Johnson. "That's was the wrong time to throw away shots like that."

Johnson wasn't the only player to get close, then drop off with one disastrous hole.

Holley was within one shot before he made a quadruple-bogey 7 at the par-3 12th hole.

And Christopher Wolfe drove the 15th green and two-putted for birdie to get within two of Sucher, then tripled the 16th hole after hooking his tee shot in the water. Holley was victimized at the 12th hole when his tee shot landed on a mound of sand that was the result of a messy rake job from a group preceding his.

His first attempt out of the trap went only 1 foot before it landed and plugged near the lip, leaving him almost no chance to get the ball out on his second bunker shot. He finally got out in three, but then three-putted.

Suri birdied five-of-seven holes during on stretch to get into contention, but got no closer after playing the last four holes at 1-over.

Final results from the St. Augustine Amateur, played at the par 70, 6708 yard St. Johns Golf Club follow:

Pos
 Player
Rd1
Rd2
Rd3
Tot
1 Zach Sucher 69 70 68 207
T2 Julian Suri 72 69 69 210
T2 David Johnson 69 69 72 210
T4 Andreas Hartoe 71 74 66 211
T4 Jay Moseley 72 68 71 211
T4 Christopher Wolfe 69 70 72 211
T7 Michael Hebert 69 73 70 212
T7 Chris Kennedy 69 70 73 212
9 M.J. Maguire 67 69 77 213
10 Jordan Holley 70 68 76 214
T11 Erik Downs 69 74 72 215
T11 Major Forbess 68 74 73 215
13 Eddie Brescher III 70 69 77 216
T14 Hojin Kang 75 69 73 217
T14 Scott Jones 70 72 75 217
T14 Chris Bray 68 73 76 217
T14 Eduardo Chavez 65 74 78 217
18 Duke Butler IV 73 72 73 218
19 Seth Parmer 71 77 71 219
20 Jacob Davidson 75 70 75 220
T21 Tom Drill 76 74 71 221
T21 Jason Gandy 77 69 75 221
T21 Tom Murray 75 72 74 221
T21 Patrick Lamb 79 66 76 221
T21 Danny Evelyn 73 69 79 221
T26 Tyler McCumber 71 74 77 222
T26 Max McKay 71 73 78 222
T26 Drew Pressentin 70 73 79 222
T26 Kevin Phelan 73 68 81 222
30 Greg Carrier 69 73 81 223
31 Robert Gleixner 75 75 74 224
T32 Thomas Stewart 71 79 75 225
T32 Steven Davis 78 74 73 225
T32 Justin Wingo 72 77 76 225
T35 A.J. Gerlach 78 71 78 227
T35 John Fritz 76 75 76 227
T35 John Phillips 74 71 82 227
T38 Mitchell Krywulycz 74 76 78 228
T38 Tommy Kayworh 74 78 76 228
T38 John Driscoll 76 71 81 228
T38 Cameron Simmons 74 80 74 228
T42 Joel Dahlenburg 72 78 79 229
T42 Ben Adelberg 75 76 78 229
T44 Will Coleman 79 73 78 230
T44 Matthew Salane 76 78 76 230
T46 Andrew Birchall 72 79 80 231
T46 Gregory Della-Pietra 74 80 77 231
T46 Drew Aimone 76 78 77 231
T46 Zachary Potter 82 75 74 231
T50 Doug Smith 73 77 82 232
T50 Andrew Giulani 76 74 82 232
T50 Greg Hanlon 82 76 74 232
T53 Carlos Ferraez 73 77 83 233
T53 Takeshi Fuchigami 73 76 84 233
T53 Ricky Sheffield 76 77 80 233
T53 David Thompson 76 78 79 233
T53 Jim Murray 76 78 79 233
T53 Tom Murtagh 75 81 77 233
T59 Zachary Lese 76 79 79 234
T59 Ed Waller 73 83 78 234
T59 Keith Hyatt 79 79 76 234
T62 A.J. Broderick 74 83 79 236
T62 Jan Jaro 80 79 77 236
64 Greg Mergel 81 77 79 237
T65 David Kim 75 83 80 238
T65 Barrett Hough 79 78 81 238
T67 Tim O'Neal 78 78 83 239
T67 Paul McGhee 82 77 80 239
T67 Chris Muratore 82 81 76 239
T70 Joseph Stewart 77 81 82 240
T70 Kazuki Imura 79 78 83 240
T70 Oliver Gilmartin 79 80 81 240
T70 Daniel Hanania 81 81 78 240
T70 Nicholas Torrance 83 77 80 240
75 Bryan Alred 83 77 81 241
76 Martin Hising 83 85 77 245
77 Miles Honeycutt 89 85 84 258

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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