Brandon Mancheno shoots 66, wins inaugural First Coast Amateur
Brandon Mancheno <br>(USGA Photo)
Brandon Mancheno
(USGA Photo)

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL (January 16, 2017) -- At the start of the inaugural First Coast Amateur's final round Brandon Mancheno was tied for the lead, by the time the final round at Amelia National Golf and Country Club was complete he had pulled away to win by six-strokes. Mancheno, an Auburn commit, left the rest of the field in the dust as he surged ahead with a Monday 6-under 66 to finish 13-under-par.

After the first round Macheno was two-strokes off the pace set by South Carolina redshirt junior Ben Dietrich but when he fired a 3-under 69 to reach 7-under after 36-holes he found himself tied for the lead with Travis Trice.

Macheno has been impressing the golfing world for a number of years now, and his signature moment on the national stage came in 2015 when he was the medalist at the U.S. Junior Amateur.

Jalen Ledger (UCF) and Greyson Porter (Florida State) were the closest to Mancheno as the two shared second place at 7-under.

USF's Jimmy Jones, the 2016 New Year's Invitational winner, was fourth at 5-under and Brett Schell was fifth at 4-under.

36-hole co-leader Travis Trice ended up tied for sixth at 3-under while first round leader Ben Dietrich fell all the way back to 5-over in 28th place.


After day two of the inaugural First Coast Amateur the leaderboard has a different look with Auburn commit Brandon Mancheno and Travis Trice now sharing the lead at 7-under. Charlie Stubbs will begin the final round at Amelia National Golf and Country Club 5-under and two off the pace.

Mancheno, the medalist at the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, moved into the lead with a 3-under 69 second round tally that followed up his first round bogey-free 68.

Trice jumped into a share of the lead with a 5-under 67 that was only matched by the man in third place, Charlie Stubbs. For Trice it has been rounds of 70-67 thus far.

Brett Schell will begin the final round in fourth place at 3-under while Jimmy Jones (USF), Jalen Ledger (UCF), Greyson Porter (Florida State) and Dillion Woods (North Florida) are tied for fifth at 2-under.

First round leader South Carolina redshirt junior Ben Dietrich struggled and feel back to even-par after shooting a 6-over 78 on Sunday.


South Carolina redshirt junior Ben Dietrich has taken the first round lead at the First Coast Amateur being hosted by Amelia National Golf and Country Club. Dietrich fired a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead on Saturday.

The stage for an impressive round was set on Nos. 1 and 2 when Dietrich rolled in consecutive birdies. His momentum was halted briefly with a 3rd hole bogey but birdies on the three of the next four holes followed. Dietrich turned in 4-under 32 and he was able to continue his strong first round with three more birdies against one bogey on the back nine.

“I felt like I got off to a good start,” Dietrich stated in a post round release. “I chipped in on the first hole and No. 2 was a drivable hole. I chipped it up close and made two birdies in a row. I kept hitting greens, consistently hitting my targets and made a few putts. I felt like I was really playing well and kept the momentum going all day.”

Brandon Mancheno will begin day two in second place thanks to a flawless 4-under 68. For Mancheno the birdies came on Nos. 8, 11, 13 and 15.

“I didn’t really make many mistakes today,” said Mancheno. “I had no bogeys, it was hard to really play that bad with the par fives being very getable. The course is in good shape to make putts if you leave yourself in good spots. I made it easy for myself today.”

Jake Carter (Florida State) and Jalen Ledger (UCF) are sharing third at 3-under while Jimmy Jones (USF), Hunter Layne and Travis Trice are tied for fifth at 2-under. Overall 15 players broke par on Saturday.

-Editors Note: Golfweek contributed to this story

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The First Coast Amateur attracts some of the nation’s top amateur, collegiate and junior talent, a handful of international players, and many of the best golfers from North Florida and other Florida cities. Contestants must be 16 years of age.

The championship is 54 holes of stroke play and ends on the Martin Luther King holiday.

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